Getting Started with 12th Grade Homeschool

12th Grade Homeschooling Overview

“How did I get here?!” That’s the overriding question you tend to ask yourself as the parent of a high school senior. And the question that soon follows after is “Can I really homeschool 12th grade?” The answer to that one is that a 12th grade homeschool year requires some planning and preparation, but because there is no one more dedicated to your child’s success than you, the parent, you are already far ahead of the game.

A typical course of study for twelfth grade homeschoolers includes English 4, advanced math, and a high school level science and social studies course. In addition, many students homeschooling in 12th grade will take a at least one elective such as foreign language, fine arts, or career and technical education courses.

And then there is graduation to think about! Yes, homeschoolers do graduate, even though their commemorations may look quite different from those of traditional public schools. If you are concerned about the planning for your homeschooler’s big event, you might want to download this free graduation checklist from

All throughout the high school years, your homeschool transcript is the most important document to keep current and accurate. Unless your homeschooler is signed up with a virtual school, you as the parent are in charge of keeping tabs on your student’s courses, credits, and grades. All of these will be vital as your son or daughter begins applying to colleges or other educational explorations after graduation.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 12th Grade

  1. Parents of high schoolers need not be anxious about whether they are qualified to teach all the subject matter. Homeschoolers taking advanced coursework can access online tutorials, homeschool cooperatives or qualified local tutors for those subjects.
  2. Because homeschooling has become mainstream, many artisans and teachers now offer both public and private classes geared toward homeschoolers. Check local newspapers and online for notices about offerings near you that might fit your student’s interests.
  3. It’s a great idea to decide what your expectations of your senior are before he or she even gets to this stage. Do you expect them to have a job? Take charge of their own assignments? Fill out a certain amount of college applications? Let your teen know what you expect, and give them guidance on how they might try to achieve these expectations.
  4. Credit hours, which are the normal way of tracking a high schooler’s coursework, can be fulfilled in a myriad of ways. In addition to traditional coursework, don’t forget to include time spent on field trips, free reading, online research, personal projects, and discussions with family and friends.
  5. No matter how much trust you have in your 12th grader’s responsibility, you’ll still want to check in with them often to see if they are handling their courses, extracurriculars, and college/career preparation okay. Seniors aren’t really “mini adults” – – they still need a great deal of oversight and guidance.
  6. If your senior is struggling in a particular subject, don’t hesitate to consider tutoring – – it could make all the difference for your homeschooler’s overall transcript.
  7. If your soon-to-graduate homeschooler doesn’t seem quite mature enough for college or full-time work, you might want to explore the idea of a gap year.
  8. In general, a one-year course (120-180 hours of work) equals one credit. A half-year course (60-90 hours of work) equals a half credit.
  9. If you are homeschooling a 12th grader with a learning difference, you may still have access to resources from your local public school system. Check with your state and regional laws to see if your student qualifies for supplemental services as a homeschooler.
  10. Homeschool doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many different types, styles, and levels of curricula for homeschooling high school. Make sure to explore as many as possible to see which ones line up with your particular student’s learning style and homeschooling goals.

12th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For parents looking for standards-based curriculum for their 12th grade homeschool, Time4Learning’s high school program is designed to help students achieve overall college and career readiness.

Time4Learning helps high schoolers build interesting, diverse days. By shifting from computer-based lessons to discussion, or from paper and pencil exercises to art projects, homeschooled teens can stay engaged and benefit from different teaching methods. Today, families have many choices for homeschool education: different curriculum, websites, programs, lessons, assessments, and worksheets. The Time4Learning online learning system combines interactive lessons, multimedia reinforcement activities, printable worksheets, learning games, and assessments with reports into one homeschool curriculum.

With Time4Learning, 12th grade homeschoolers have access to up to four courses at once. A typical choice of courses for 12th grade might include English 4, Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus, Physics, and U.S. HIstory II, although parents and students can choose to customize their course choices based on skill level, interests, and overall high school goals. In addition to the core and elective courses offered by Time4Learning, parents will also want to ascertain whether other courses such as foreign language, career and technical education, physical education, or other electives will be needed to help their 12th grade homeschooler reach his or her overall high school goals.

Have other questions about homeschooling 12th grade? Visit our homeschool high school information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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