March 1, 2015

The High School Puzzle

Piecing Together The High School Puzzle

Welcome to The High School Puzzle! After many years of serving homeschooling high school families, this past year I expanded my horizons and joined the online world. This site is designed to provide you with all of the tools to successfully homeschool your high school student.

Look around and you will find lots of information. Things like ways to earn credits, how to keep records, volunteering, starting the college application process, links to scholarships, a connection to Piecing Together the High School Puzzle and for those who want more individualized attention – a link to set up guidance counseling sessions or speaking engagements for your local group.

I am also a teacher for the Master-the-SAT Boot Camps that are designed to help your student improve their SAT scores. Check out that information under the 'Master the SAT' tab.

My goal is to publish new information regularly, bringing in more and more pieces, so bookmark us and check back often, sign up for our emails, put us in your RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook – you know – all those things. I’m excited to be here!

~to your success!

Joanne

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The Latest!

Homeschooling 12th Grade

This is the fourth in a series of posts on what you should expect to be doing in each of your high school years as a homeschooled student.  So, if this is your 12th grade year – CONGRATULATIONS!  You have made it!  This will be the year that you put in the final pieces of the puzzle and it’s the year in which you begin to see the fruits of your labor. So kudos to both parent and student for all your hard work thus far!  Homeschooling 12th grade is a fabulous experience – but it can be a little scary, so let’s look at some things that you should be paying attention to.

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Woo hoo! Senior year!!

In your senior year you should be wrapping up your credits and should still be taking some rigorous courses.  You will have finished many of your core requirements by the end of 11th grade, but 12th grade is no time for slacking – especially if you are college bound.  You are going to need some academic electives for most colleges and this is the year to work on those.  Continue to take math, English, science and social science classes this year.   For those of you who are dual enrolling – these can also double as some of your college General Education requirements.  Before you start the year, double check your list of completed credits so that you are sure to take all that is required to finish high school and apply for your college of choice. Check your college’s website to see what their expectations are.

If you are college bound, you will want to be applying for colleges early in the year.  The application and acceptance process can involve several steps and a deadline or two along the way, so you want to leave yourself plenty of time to accomplish everything.  It is okay to apply for more than one college, but be a serious applicant for each.  Once you have accepted an offer to attend a college, but courteous and notify the other colleges that you will not be attending so that they can extend your slot to other applicants.

Be sure that your portfolio is well organized.  In talking with colleges, they may ask to see lists of curriculum or samples of work from throughout your high school years and having an organized portfolio of your work will make a great impression.  You will also want to work on wrapping up your Official Transcript.  Review your transcript to make sure that you have listed every high school credit that you have earned to date along with the grade.   List courses that are in progress during your senior year so that colleges will know what credits you will be finishing.  Upon graduation, you will send them a final copy of the transcript with your final grades and GPA.

For those of you applying for Bright Futures the Florida Student Financial Aid application becomes available in December.  Be sure that you are working on finishing up any community service hours you still need for this scholarship and get confirmation letters from the organizations with which you volunteered.  The FAFSA  will open up January 1st.  See the previous blog posts on both Bright Futures and the FAFSA.

If you want to participate in one or more graduation ceremonies at year end, you may have to register to participate early in the year.  Typically, the larger the graduation, the earlier the registration deadline.  In the state of Florida, one of the most celebrated graduation ceremonies is that of the FPEA.  Check out the information here for the 2015 graduation ceremony.

This will probably be one of the fastest years of your life and the key to 12th grade is to finish strong!  Don’t coast out your senior year – challenge yourself!  This year caps off twelve or more years of hard work.  Congratulations on a job well done!

~~ to your success

Joanne

Previous posts: What to expect for your ninth grade, tenth grade and eleventh grade years.

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