Getting Started/Changing The Plan?
Homeschooling to College
A Sample Roadmap For High School
- Will you be homeschooling through high school? Discuss plans with your child and significant other. Take your child’s interests into account.
- Is your high school on a college-prep track? Pencil out a quick plan. Will your child take AP classes and exams? Ask us what to plan and for when.
- Would your child like a STEM or humanities career? Talk about options but don’t press your child to choose now.
- Think about how they will fulfill subject credits, especially lab sciences if you are not able to teach it at home.
- Help your child to learn important skills like time management, online research, note-taking, and financial budgeting.
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- Start keeping good records. Track time spent on high school level academic work and start thinking about extra curricular activities for high school.
- Keep brainstorming classes and curriculum that your child might like to use for all four years of high school.
- Contact Simplify the summer before 9th grade for help to plan your child’s college-prep track. If summer has passed, reach out anyway. It’s never too late to contact us.
- If your child is ready for AP exams, seek high schools near you that might be willing to proctor them.
- Make sure your child’s workload is meaningful and allows time for interest-led work. Talk to your Simplify muse about how to adjust your child’s workload and schedule.
- Check what colleges might require for physical education, health, and other state-mandated high school classes.
- Keep scaffolding your child’s time management, online research, and note-taking skills.
- For STEM majors, start on a strong math and science track.
- Start learning a foreign language and plan for subsequent levels. Competitive students usually complete three years of the same foreign language.
- Research summer academic enrichment programs.
- Keep good notes and carefully track how many credits your child is accumulating this year.
- Start a high school resume to keep track of your child’s extra curricular activities and awards. Search online for possible transcript samples that you might like to use.
- Re-assess sophomore, junior, and senior year plans and start planning what exams your child will take when.
- Start a college planner/ notebook and gradually make a college list. Gently discuss who will pay for college and research scholarships and financial aid.
- Based on this list, meet with your Simplify consultant for a solid 10th-12th grade plan that continues to respect your child and their interests.
- Discuss if any freshman-year classes need to be repeated.
- For STEM majors, ensure your child is on track to finish sufficient years of math and lab sciences.
Sign up for standardized testing. Visit the SAT, ACT, and AP websites for registration deadlines. Decide with your child about a SAT subject testing schedule.
- Will your child take college classes while in high school? Talk to your Simplify consultant about dual-enrollment.
- Choose delight over achievement. Participate in science fairs, deep learning programs, and/ or focus on interest-specific projects and extra curricular activities to create a joyful high school experience.
- Keep working on those homeschooling records! Start a transcript draft. Begin writing up course descriptions and add to them each semester.
- Is your child talking about a gap year? Think about what this might entail.
- Time to get serious! Make an appointment with your Simplify consultant to create a college shortlist and an application checklist. Start planning college tours.
- Gauge your child’s comfort level with rigor. Do they want a mix of regular, honors, AP, or college-level classes? This is a good year to complete a few more AP classes.
- Start shortlisting colleges that your child might want to apply to and plan college tours if any.
- Discuss with your child if any classes need to be repeated.
- Depending on your child’s goals, start preparing for them to retake the SAT and/ or the ACT. If your child is willing, sign up for more SAT subject tests.
- Competitive STEM majors will want to aim for advanced math and lab science classes.
- Help your child to build an amazing extra curricular resume and/ or favorite hobbies portfolio. Encourage them to find leadership opportunities.
- Keep scaffolding time management and note-taking skills. Introduce self-care skills e.g. cooking and laundry.
- Find a truly fantastic summer opportunity for your child to spread their wings.
- Start working on the transcript and keep updating course descriptions.
- Think about and fine-tune senior year plans. Will your child take that gap year?
- Make sure your junior gets enough rest!
- If your child wants to re-take the SAT or ACT for the last time, do so in the summer before senior year or as early as possible in the fall.
- Take time to understand college application portals. Create counselor accounts and take note of what admissions officers ask for.
- Track all application deadlines, including deadlines for scholarships.
- Brainstorm essay topics with your child. Ask them to keep a notebook of experiences they might want to write about.
- Start writing the essays in August and September before class deadlines are too close.
- Ask your child to approach teachers for letters of recommendation. Consult your Simplify advisor for ideas.
- Complete the counselor package: your course descriptions, preliminary transcript, school profile, and counselor letter.
- Ask your child to complete their extra curricular resume/ portfolio.
- Apply to colleges by the deadline. Triple proofread everything before hitting the submit button.
- Ask your child to update colleges if there have been any changes in their spring course line-up.
- Wait for decisions. Celebrate and give yourself a huge pat on the back for a job well done.
- Your child will take final AP exams if any in May.
- Make sure that your child’s graduation date is updated on the transcript. Celebrate your child’s high school graduation. Take LOTS of photos!
- Be sure to send any requested documents, such as the final official high school transcript, college transcripts, and test scores, by the posted deadlines to the college your child will attend.