September 20, 2017

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 […]






Homeschooling 11th Grade

Last month, I began a discussion outlining an ideal plan for high school and so far, we have discussed some things students should be doing as ninth and tenth graders.  This week, we’ll be talking about what a student should be focusing on in their junior year.  Homeschooling 11th grade will be a very busy year […]






Plus And Minus Grading Scale on Transcripts

I get asked from time to time about putting pluses and minuses on a student’s grades.  I’ve never been a big fan of the plus/minus system mostly because to me it clutters up a transcript.  And, I just figured that the pluses usually outweigh the minuses, so it’s a wash. Lately, any time a parent […]






Home School Guidance Counselor – What To Expect

So – here’s a question that I get on a fairly regular basis: “What do you do in a guidance counseling session?” And, the answer I give is: “It depends upon what you need.” I know – that’s a pretty evasive sounding response, so let me take a few moments to outline many of the […]






Calculating GPA – A Guide

When your student reaches high school, you will find that various organizations will begin to ask you for their GPA (Grade Point Average). Some will even ask you for a weighted and an unweighted version. Today, we’re going to go over the various grading point scales and ways to calculate the GPA for your student. […]






High School Honors Classes…What Qualifies?

When a course is  more challenging, or more rigorous, we want to be sure and give recognition to the level of difficulty in the work and one of the ways to do that is to call it a high school honors class. An honors course is typically a regular high school course with a more […]






Lesson Plans For High School – Do I Really Need Them?

If you are homeschooling in the state of Florida, you are required by law to keep lesson plans for high school which is basically a log of work done.  The statutes put it like this:  You are to maintain a log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by […]






Earning High School Credits In Middle School

UPDATE Sept. 2014:  Since the original writing of this post, the Florida Statutes have been updated and this line has been removed.  It is now addressed indirectly in the Middle School section of the statutes. However, I had the opportunity to query several college admissions officers recently about how they treat high school credits earned prior […]






The High School Transcript

The High School Transcript One of the things that you will want to prepare now that you are in high school is a transcript of work done.  We have all heard the term ‘transcript’ and we’ve probably seen a few, but just what is it (and what is it not)? Don’t worry, there is a […]