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High School of Your Dreams Guidebook
Nancy Nicholson

High School of Your Dreams was developed by Nancy Nicholson as a guide to designing a high school curriculum that fits your student’s unique learning style, interests, and possible career goals. The High School of Your Dreams Guidebook introduces three basic approaches to high school:

1. College Track: Flexible Textbook Approach;
2. Community College/Vocational School: Independent Study Approach;
3. Apprenticeship/School-to-Work: Experiential Approach.

The High School of Your Dreams Guidebook also covers the following general topics about homeschooling through high school: 

  • what is necessary for a homeschooled student to enter college; 
  • converting homeschool study time into standard high school credit hours; 
  • creating a high school transcript; 
  • discerning career paths; 
  • incorporating volunteering and other types of experiential learning into a high school curriculum; 
  • and finding materials to teach courses. 

The second part of the High School of Your Dreams Guidebook is a step-by-step guide to planning your own high school curriculum. A two-part Student Profile, one part answered by the student, one part by the parent, gauges the student’s interests and aptitudes and is followed by a guide to interpreting the results. The Guidebook then proceeds to developing a tentative four-year plan, choosing core and elective subjects, deciding which materials the student will use to learn those subjects, and creating a lesson plan for the materials. 

It is recommended that planning for high school begin as the student nears the end of eighth grade. Early planning will help the student to focus on his or her goals—building excitement for the coming high school years—and will give time for course and material selection. 

To provide additional resources for planning an individualized high school plan, CHC also offers Career Path E-Books and Course Resource E-books. A printed version of Course Resource E-Book 7: World History is included for free in the Guidebook as a sample.

126 pgs. 2015 Revised Edition. 8½"x11" Shrink-wrapped. Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled.

If you are considering homeschooling for high school, visit our high school website at this link.

 

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