1. Carola Basaj

    I could have written this – yes, I was the last one standing here when kids trned high school age. We had so much fun in those years! I have two more to come, but the first two were too much fun and were too successful to not repeat the performance! Thanks for getting the word out!

    • It’s so neat to hear you had fun with your first two, Carola! I must confess that parenting/schooling during the teen years has been my most favorite phase. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Erika

    Thank you so much for this information! I have had my 7th grade son in a very rigorous homeschool program (for 4 years) that I’m just realizing is just not a good fit for him. I actually just got online to see what some of my other friends are doing for their jr. high and high school students (and one of my friends on fb shared your article), knowing that my son follows somewhat of a different drum beat academically, and I really want to see him succeed. I thought all of the tears and arguments over his writing assignments were just attitude problems, but now I really feel like I have been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole (or whatever that saying is!). I want to tailor his learning environment to something that will grow his love of learning again. Thank you so much for this! I will share it with my husband, and we’ll come up with an exciting plan for my son. And he is going to love it!

    • I LOVE THIS, Erika!! I’m so glad to hear you are encouraged! I’m confident you will have a wonderful time during the high school years. There WILL be times when your child is unmotivated and you’ll wonder if it’s all worth it; but I don’t think you’ll really regret it. Have fun!! And thanks for visiting, and for your comment! 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing this perspective. WE too found most of our homeschooling friends put their kids in school as they reached teen years. It is lonely sometimes, but I try and remember this is a season. Doing this through high school has its challenges but the Pros FAR outweigh them. What a delight to still have them share their hearts and thoughts each day. Seeing them grow and stretch their independence.

    • Yes, Christa! “What a delight to still have them share their hearts and thoughts each day.” That is so true! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  4. Michelle Kinsley

    Awesome article! We are entering the high school years this fall and already this summer he has taken a computer apart and replaced a new video card and other parts, installed and reconfigured different aspects of his computers platform and seeks out appropriate help when needed. Basically, he’s learned more about computers and how to work/build/fix them in a few months than most kids learn in a couple of years taking computer science in a school setting. It is so exciting to just see him blossom after 6 years of struggling in public school and I wouldn’t dream of giving that up at this stage for anything. ?

    • It sounds like you are starting off the right way, Michelle! What fun to see your son get excited about something after being frustrated for so long!! You will LOVE homeschooling high school! 🙂

  5. Angie

    I am LOVING homeschooling my girls in high school!! It’s another part of the journey in their lives that I would never want to miss. And, thank you , for confirming that most people make this SO MUCH harder than it has to be. It CAN BE a blessing, and an adventure. And FUN!!

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, Angie! Yes, let’s keep it simple, so we can focus on loving our kids and relishing what little time with them we have left!

  6. Tina

    Dear Ann, While I enjoyed your column, I’m confused when you write, “You do not have to follow your local school district’s requirements. You can graduate your child whenever your own requirements have been met.” I live in the state of FL and you are required to have 24 credits to graduate and while they offer a number of electives you can engage in, they specifically spell out how many math and what kind, how many science credits and which ones must have labs, they require 1/2 credit of economics and 1/2 credit of American Government, etc.

    So, what is your take on that? Thank you for your article.


    • Hi Tina, I’m so sorry I did not see your comment before now. Every state is different, and I do not know Florida’s laws. But are you looking at Florida’s homeschool law, or just the requirements for the public schools? In many states the homeschool law is not very stringent about how many credits of each subject must be completed for graduation. Just because the local school district requires something does not mean the state requires it of homeschool students. A quick search led me to this page, which talks about the 24 credits and how they must be divided — but this is referring to PUBLIC school students… on the page for HOMESCHOOL legislation in Florida, I see no mention of requirements for graduation. This is just a cursory search, though, so I would definitely recommend you do further research for yourself. Good question!!

  7. Katie Jacobson

    Thank you for this! My two eldest daughters have always gone to public school, and I have been trying to show them the benefits of homeschooling (since I am divorced, I need their father’s permission, and he is already wary of home schooling- especially if they aren’t on board with it). They are beginning g to sound interested, and it suddenly scared me. Wait- you mean this could happen? Now what do I do?! I’m nervous enough about beginning to teach my 4 year old son preschool! This post reminded me that there are a lot of resources- I’m not alone. Thanks!

  8. Thank you for writing this. It has come at a good time for me as I have been struggling with the fact that our 3rd child is nearly high school age and we are the only homeschoolers in a remote town (Australia). Photos of my online Facebook friends putting their homeschoolers into school have been a bit hard to see. Their kids look so happy in their new school uniforms. 🙂 We are missionaries here and committed for the long term, but at times it is tempting to think we should be moving for our kids. So I appreciate your reminder today that it can be great. 🙂 Bless you.

    • My heart goes out to you, Linda! I think I know what you’re feeling; here we get bombarded with how they are missing out on opportunities for sports and other extra-curriculars… But it totally CAN be GREAT! I count our time together as a family as just as important as those things… did you see my post about 10 Reasons I’m Thankful to Homeschool High School? Maybe that will help, too. Thanks SO MUCH for your comment! 🙂

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