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Crossing Over Into Homeschooling High School

by Jessica Parnell | Aug 20, 2018 | 2 min read

As a high school student, crossing over into homeschooling can be nerve racking and unfamiliar. I’ve been there and I understand what you’re going through. Following my sophomore year of high school, I switched from attending my Christian High School to attending only dual enrollment college courses. I wasn’t sure how difficult the classes were going to be, how I would keep up my social life, or if I could keep participating in the extra-curricular activities that I had been at my previous high school. However, I learned quickly that the flexibility that homeschooling high school provides only enhanced my educational experience.

Thoughts for Homeschooling in High School

When you’re crossing over into high school it important to start by being exciting about the flexibility that homeschooling high school offers. You can move as quickly or as slowly as you need to on each subject. I homeschooled in high school with Bridgeway Academy and was able to choose courses that were based on mylearning style and academic level.
If you’re worried about the socializing aspect of homeschooling, don’t fret!

There are many opportunities and ways for you to get involved with other students or homeschoolers. One great way is through Dual Enrollment which allows you to earn college and high school credits at the same time. When I was enrolled in dual enrollment courses, I was still able to play on my school’s sports teams, get involved in their theater productions, and even participate in their community service events. Most schools nationwide will allow homeschoolers to get involved in events like these. You can also check your local area for homeschool co-op opportunities.

A lot of homeschoolers are also worried about how colleges will view their transcripts and grades. But, that’s a thing of the past! Colleges and universities are recognizing the academic advantages, independence, and maturity of homeschoolers as a great advantage. Working with an accredited homeschool organization will give you a transcript and high school diploma that colleges view favorably. I graduated from Bridgeway Academy, which has had numerous students go on to prestigious universities like Stanford, Harvard, University of Texas, and more. I even attended my high school graduation where and met other Bridgeway students.

Crossing over into the homeschooling high school is a big decision, but it’s not a hard one. There are so many benefits and opportunities for you take advantage of as a high school homeschooler.  And, if you need support, Bridgeway is ready to walk with you every step of the way!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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