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August 07, 2008



The community college in our area has a program in partnership with the schools called running start where high school students can take college classes and earn both an AA degree while also earning a high school diploma. Most of the homeschoolers I know did this program after Jr. High.


That's a great idea. My understanding is that if it's run in conjunction with the public schools, it's free--our tax dollars at work. Not every community college (or state) offers this, but it's worth a look. Some of the benefits would be more control over your class choices, accelerated learning, and saving money on college. I looked into this possibility, but it's not offered in our state.

Susan gaissert

Thanks for the great advice, Jena.

Homeschool Your Teenager - Sherri

Thanks for this article. I started homeschooling my son when he was age 11. He attended regular school until 5th grade. But each year school became harder and harder, mostly because of anxiety from past negative experiences.

I'm glad to hear positive stories of how teens can go on to college after unschooling if they choose. I'm not sure my son will go to college. He is much more interested in starting his own business online. But encouraging a child to pursue his or her passions no matter where they lead is the best thing we do for our kids.



This is a very timely column! After trying high school for his freshman year (first schooling since Kindergarten), my 15 yr old is returning to homeschooling. He did great academically, but he missed his free time to pursue *his* interests - music and computer programming. We're now in the midst of figuring out what to do next. Your guidelines may prove very helpful - thanks!


Sherri, an online business sounds great! My next child (age 16) isn't sure she wants to go to college. She has several business ideas up her sleeve.

Piscesgrrl, my youngest is trying public school for the first time this year as a freshman. I'm hoping she decides to come back home like yours did. But as we all know, it's the interest and internal motivation that will make her a success no matter where she decides to spend these teenage years.

Cathy Adamkiewicz

Excellent post! I have homeschooled two of my kids (so far) through high school, and it is indeed possible. The eldest just graduated college with honors, so we must have done something right!
Even as an "old timer" I found helpful tips in your blog. Thanks for sharing. I'm back to schooling a high school senior (as well as a first and fourth grader) this year. It's always great to feel encouraged!

Home School and Make Money

IMHO, I think you should home school your High Schooler. You can give the personal attention your High School student needs and no one's going to care more about your child's education than you. BTW, great post.

Home School College Counselor

Great story! Glad to hear your son's success story. It sounds like you did a great job of preparing him as well!

Gayle Lyn smith

Jena, WHOA ! was your blog just what I needed, and at the right time. I have been following several HomeSchooling to college sites, as I am on the edge wanting to start homeschooling, but I AM SO SCARED that I am making a mistake. My only children are 16 year old boy - girl twins in the 10th grade.
Our life turned upside down nearly two years ago when our son came down with a devestating and rare disease, which left him completely paralyzed within one hours time.
He has since gotten most of his body back, but has suffered and continues to suffer in many ways - and our son will never be the same. He went from an extremely bright student to one that can hardly make it through the half days that he now attends.The school is lost and in all reality they do not know what to do with him, other than put him through an IEP. I drive three round trips back and forth every day, delivering both he and his sister to and from school, and quite frankly, I am just about ready to give up.
Both my children have expressed willingness to try homeschooling, and both fully plan on attending college. I just am so frightened of making mistakes as to their futures, and honestly, don't know how to put the pieces back together and get them both on a positive track. Our son has basically missed two years of school (although he attended as best he could), and his sister has fallen behind, due to the household stress. I am so impressed that your son got a full ride and to such a great school!
I sure could use some advise on how to start a curriculum for two tenth graders, who, by the way are very, very different learners, and hold very different strengths and interests. I WOULD LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIME, AS I AM TRULY READY TO PUT THINGS INTO AN ACTION PLAN. For starters, should I wait for this school year to be over? Best, Gayle in MI

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