How do I homeschool a high school student?
When it comes time to homeschool high school students, there are multiple options for course planning. South Carolina Law 59-65-47 section c states the following: “(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature.”
Legally you can teach your high school student just composition, literature, mathematics, science, and social studies for 4 years of high school and graduate. I do however recommended looking at the target college and plan high school courses based off of the incoming freshman requirements for that college.
As a homeschool student, you do not have to follow the South Carolina Diploma guidelines that public-school students follow. (This does vary association to association. Please check with your association on their specific requirements)
Let’s talk for a moment about homeschool students that graduate and want to go directly to a university.
Let’s look Clemson University’s recommended courses for high school students.
These courses are specific course areas the college looks for in applicants: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in Mathematics, 3 credits in a Laboratory Science, 3 credits in a Foreign Language, 3 credits in a Social Science, 2 credits electives, 1 credit in PE or ROTC, and 1 credit in Fine Arts.
If the student wants to attend Clemson as an entering freshman but only completed the minimum requirements of South Carolina Code of Law, they will not stand out against other applicants at Clemson because they would lack Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Electives, PE or ROTC, and Fine Arts on their high school transcript.