Homeschooling the teen years can seem daunting…from drivers’ education, AP classes to graduation, transcripts, and SATs, even experienced homeschoolers may have questions. We have pulled together resources from the VaHomeschoolers website and beyond that can help you navigate these rewarding years.
Are you new to homeschooling and thinking about homeschooling your teen? Curious about what might be involved? Look no further, we have answers!
Deciding to start homeschooling for your senior year has many pros and cons. This article provides information to help you with this decision.
Worried about your ability to provide an adequate high school education: one that will open college or career doors for your child? Read more about your options.
Learn about Virginia teen employment requirements and how to get work permits.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Board of Education have worked together to create policies and guidelines for homeschooling families who wish to teach driver education.
Returning to High School
For many families, homeschooling is a long-term commitment for many years or even decades. For others, homeschooling is a short-term solution, one of many steps in the parenting journey.
Learn about the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) Standards of Accreditation (SOA) which clarify transfer credit procedures for private, homeschooled, and out-of-state students who are entering Virginia public schools.
Answers frequently asked questions related to graduation and diploma options for Virginia homeschoolers.
Answers frequently asked questions related to homeschoolers and the General Educational Development Exam (GED).
College and Careers
Many homeschooled teens choose to earn college credit or test out of lower-level college coursework by taking college credit equivalency exams like AP or CLEP. Taking a single exam can potentially earn credit for anywhere from 3 to 16 hours of college level work. This can save time and money for interested students and their families. Learn more about how homeschoolers can take advantage of these options.
Learn more about Virginia Community College admission guidelines for homeschoolers.
Whether students wish to supplement their high school curriculum, get a jump on college credits, work on an associates degree or attend two years of community college before heading off to a four-year institution, they will find community colleges have a broad range of experience with, and requirements for, homeschooled applicants.
Learn more about what homeschoolers need to know to take college entrance exams such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT.
Read one homeschooled teen’s inside view as she muses about her experience taking the SATs.
It’s becoming rather common to find newspaper and magazine articles about how colleges are seeking homeschoolers. Read more about how colleges view homeschoolers and what you and your teen need to consider as you prepare for that next step.
Read more about the ins and outs of military enlistment for homeschool graduates at The Military Homeschooler.
Other Homeschooling Teens Resources
An email list for parents of teenaged homeschoolers who are aiming toward college. We discuss preparing to apply for college; what colleges might want; what courses, materials and curricula work for us and our kids; filling out college applications; how our older kids who are already in college are faring; particular colleges; SATs, SAT IIs, ACTs and AP tests; and other topics related to homeschooling teenagers.
An email list for homeschooling parents to freely discuss issues related to preparing high school students for successful transition to college. Posts can include but are not limited to preparing the child for high school course work, selecting books or curricula or programs, reviews of any particular curriculum and how it helped (or failed to help) your child, extracurricular activities including sports and music and driver’s ed, identifying potential colleges, how particular colleges treat homeschoolers, college applications, preparing for and taking the PSAT/SAT/SAT II/PLAN/ACT and AP tests, preparing and submitting transcripts, financial aid — and now we’re being blessed by reports from homeschooled students who have made the transition to college. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, there is a wealth of information here for the asking!
This list is for conservative parents who are homeschooling a high school student and looking ahead to college. Conservative religious viewpoints (including traditional Christian, traditional Catholic, and traditional Jewish) are respected as the dominant viewpoint. The list is not for preaching or primarily religious content, but to serve this population of parents in having a peer group with whom they can give and receive advice about high school curricula, college applications, financial aid, scholarships, etc. The focus is on how to prepare homeschooled teens for the homeschool to college transition. Social and political conservatism shall be the norm. The list owners opinions are final on controversial topics. Leadership opportunities for conservative teens may be highlighted on this list.
The National Home Education Network’s teen page includes information on: getting started; methods; resources; support; teens answer our questions; college information; alternatives to college; career planning and more.
A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschool Teens page includes brief descriptions with links in these categories: being a homeschooled teen; chats, message boards & more; email lists or newsletters; entrepreneurs, gals, guys, volunteering and keeping busy.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is a non-profit public charity with 501(c)(3) status; your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. A financial statement is available from the Virginia Division of Consumer Affairs upon request.