High School Homeschooling is the education of teens at home, typically by parents or tutors. Teens are usually taught in their home and are not required to attend any classes in a formal setting, such as a classroom. Homeschooling allows parents to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to public or private schools outside the home. The three main reasons why parents select home school for their children instead of the traditional school setting is because they are concerned about the traditional school environment, to provide religious or moral instruction, and dissatisfaction with academic instruction at traditional public and private schools.
Homeschooling may also be a factor in the choice of parenting style. Homeschooling can be an option for families living in isolated rural locations, living temporarily abroad, and to allow for more traveling. Both troubled teens and teens that live a busy life (teen athletes or teens in the entertainment industry) tend to choose homeschooling to receive their high school diploma.
Online resources for homeschooling include courses of study, curricula, educational games, online tests, online tutoring, and occupational training. Online learning potentially allows students and families access to specialized teachers and materials and greater flexibility in scheduling. Parents can be with their children during an online tutoring session. Several well-known programs for gifted children are available:
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth both provide challenging materials to students, including both self-paced courses with tutor support and online classroom-based courses.
A commercial program of online study in all courses and at all grade levels is available from K12. The K12 curriculum has been adopted by a number of public independent study charter schools throughout the country, where students use the K12 curriculum for credit under the supervision of a credentialed teacher).
A number of other online high schools are also offering diplomas in many states, including some directed specifically at gifted. Students can enroll in a full-time course load leading to a diploma or enroll in particular courses as part of their enrollment in another school or homeschool.
As more universities make content available online, homeschooled families are finding a wealth of materials available, primarily for use as self-study. Although teacher support is not usually provided in open courseware programs, families teaching their own children may, if the study met their requirements, grant credit for the work through their homeschools.
If you’re considering using homeschooling as an option to graduation high school and receive a high school diploma then you should contact your school district or speak with your high school counselor to learn more information the requirements and pre-requisites needed to become eligible for a home school student program.