Homeschooling in High School
The requirements are as follows:
3 years of Math
4 years of English
3 years of History/Social Science/Government, with at least 1 year of PA history, 1 year of American history, and 1 year of World History.
2 years of foreign language (recommended 3 years for the college bound)
1 year of art/music
2-3 years (can't remember which) of science
1 year of physical education
I can't remember if there were any others: the program basically followed the standard American liberal arts education. To complete the credit for a year of study, students could read 2/3 of a textbook, write a 2500-word research essay, document 180 days of study on the subject, or a certain # of hours (can't remember the exact #), or complete a high school course or college course if the school district approved. The English requirements were much more stringent. To get one credit of English, a student had to complete ALL of the following:
** Write a 2500-word research paper or a 2500-word work of fiction
** Write four short compositions
** Read 25 books, 10 of which had to be 'classics'
** Complete 1/4 of a grammer textbook
My parents were very good at making sure that my sister and I met our high school requirements, and tapped into the ever-growing homeschool community for specialists if they couldn't provide the necessary materials or expertise. I took 2 biology labs provided by homeschool moms/biology professors and a homeschool mom/veternarian, and furnished with all the necessary dissection materials. I also took a chemistry lab taught by a homeschool mom/chemistry professor. For literature, I continued to participate in book discussions, reading classics from the American, British, and World literary canons. For foreign language, I took Spanish classes through a homeschool educational co-op that were taught by a native of Chile.
I had such a great time in high school. For me, it was a blast!! :)