Why Homeschool through High School

Most parents agree: teaching your children at home during the preschool, elementary and middle school years is quite a challenge. Homeschooling high school aged children, however, can seem even more daunting. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) Homeschool, approximately 2 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S. as of 2005-2006, . Not all of them can be junior high and under. So why are parents choosing to homeschool their high school kids?

According to NHERI, homeschooled children are actively being sought after by colleges. One does not have to desire to attend college to appreciate the fact that their recruiting homeschoolers is a good thing.

NHERI also states that adults who were homeschooled participate in local community service, vote and attend public meetings, go to college and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population.

One main reason parents choose to continue homeschooing through the high school years, however, is so they can continue to build strong relationships with them. After all, why let them go during a critical period in their lives in discovering who they really are? Continuing to build family relationships among siblings is another factor to consider. Sibling relationships are for a lifetime, whereas school friendships are usually just for those years. How many friends from your own high school days are still in your close circle of friends in your adult years?

Learning is another factor that influences parents to keep homeschooling their older children. The home has proven to be a very good environment in which children learn. NHERI shows that statistically speaking there is no difference in whether or the parents are high school graduates or college graduates, children taught at home still test higher than their public school peers.

With the advent of technology, even parents who lack some confidence in their ability to homeschool their high school aged children, can do so with ease with online curriculum or satellite schools available. These might require a higher budget but the peace of mind is priceless, knowing that your young person is getting what they need.

So, yes, although the task may prove difficult, it’s worth considering continuing the home school journey throughout your child’s high school years. Start collecting resources and information on this option while they’re still young so you can prepare for those years early - they’ll come all to quickly!

Annette Yen has two wonderful daughters in their high school homeschool. Together they run the free website RelaxedHomeschooling.com to help others find resources to enjoy the homeschooling journey.

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