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High School of Your Dreams Guidebook
Nancy Nicholson

The 2019 Edition has been revised to include highly condensed versions of the Career Path E-Books and Course Resource E-Books, so it is no longer necessary to purchase these e-books separately. The 2019 Edition does not include lists of recommended books, web links, and course materials. It does include possible essay topics and experiential/volunteer projects, along with other resources previously available only in the e-books. View Samples for more details.

The High School of Your Dreams Guidebook is a step-by-step guide to planning your own high school curriculum to fit 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.

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 guide you in 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. 

The 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;
  • and incorporating volunteering and other types of experiential learning into a high school curriculum.

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. 

Includes reproducible blank forms and charts (From Freshman to Graduate Chart, Class Lesson Plan Form, Monthly Hours Chart, Academic Transcript, and Diploma). 186 pgs. 2019 Revised Edition. 8½"x11" Shrink-wrapped. Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled.

 

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High School of Your Dreams has been a fantastic resource for my Classically educated children. As each child expresses an interest, I can utilize High School of Your Dreams and tailor electives for a wonderful variety suited to each child, or while they take a high school major in classical literature, they can have a high school minor in any topic of their choice and I don't have to wrack my brain to get them started on something I have no knowledge or interest in--High School of Your Dreams already did that for me! What a wonderful transcript at the end of a classical education CHC has enabled us to give our children.”
- Jenn, IN
“With High School of Your Dreams, [our daughter] ... could use real world experiences as part of her study. For instance, we had a dairy goat with a non-simple case of mastitis. This required extensive reading, research, testing, and some involvement with the vet which counted for Biology/Microbiology credit. The experience was so effective, that 6 months later when visiting with some medical students, they were impressed with my daughter's knowledge of microbiology. They said she could easily pass 1st semester Microbiology in college. Another example . . . my daughter taught 2nd grade--she proceeded to develop teaching materials and observe the kids so that she could adjust methods and materials to be effective. Hence, Early Childhood Development credits. My other daughter is working at the vet clinic as a tech helping with surgeries, exams, x-rays, prescriptions; forget the dissections in Biology Lab--she is participating in live surgeries which she enjoys much better . . . [We had] no accredited diploma, but experienced no difficulty in gaining college admission.”
- C.M.
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