CollegePlus! is a revolutionary Christian based distance learning program helping students earn their fully accredited bachelor’s degree in a fraction of the time and cost of the traditional university system. Learn more here.
Rock Solid-a homeschool high school, is an option for your family if you are interested in a challenging yet rewarding experience for your student, both academically and personally. We offer FULL AND PART TIME classes on campus Tuesdays and Fridays, working at home the other three days of the week. We offer the option of transcripts, diplomas, college guidance and a very memorable graduation ceremony. RSHS also ofers optional enrichment trip opportunities for each class to Id-Ra-Ha-Je, Costa Rica/Mexico mission trips, Summit Ministries and Washington DC. These trips have proven to be a favorite part of the high school experience for our students as they grow in their core foundation of striving to honor the Lord.
The environment at RSHS is unique and positive. Concern for our children’s relationships and development from a Christian Worldview is just as important as their academic success. Enrollment is open now-you and your child are welcome to “shadow” classes for a day to get a sense of what RSHS is like. Please check our website for upcoming informational meetings and general information about our school.
Questions please contact Sheryl Van Denend: email@example.com
James – 970-346-0099
Colorado Requirements to Graduate from High School
Each high school in the state sets their own standards for graduation. There are no state requirements. Because you are overseeing your child's education, you set the requirements and when your child has met your requirements, you graduate them – you sign the diploma (do not panic, it is no different than a private school issuing and signing a diploma). We recommend that you determine the requirements for your child according to what they want to do after high-school. If they want to go to college, look online at the college they might be interested in (or a state college if you aren't sure), and plan your high school curriculum around what it takes to get admitted to that college. If they do not plan to go to college, you can set your own requirements, but it should be approximately 6 – 7 classes per year.
See the "Transcripts" section below for developing transcripts.
We also recommend a book that we carry in the bookstore (and have used), "Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College", by Jeanne Gowen Dennis. Call the office (720-842-4852) if you would like to purchase this book. $24.95.
There is a full driver education and training grant for home schoolers in Grand County, Winter Park, Granby and Grand. This is a $435.00 grant. If you are interested in this please contact Wayne Tully from National Driver Training instutite. 800-942-20580 www.NationalDriverTraining.com
For instruction and development ideas for producing and maintaining your child's transcripts see these websites.
Calculating GPA (from HSLDA's high school coordinators)
PSAT, SAT, ACT
High schoolers often take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in preparation for college admission.
The Scoop on Tests for teens by HSLDA's high school coordinators
PSAT homeschooler's code – Check here http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/reg/homeschool/state-codes.html
SAT Testing Dates
SAT code for homeschoolers -Check here http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/homeschooled
Dayspring Christian Schools
SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN. AP for Biology, English, History
SAT vs ACT
Which Test Should I Take and Why
ACT's Advantage program
The ACT Advantage solutions for homeschool families includes the EXPLORE and PLAN assessment programs to help parents assess their children’s skills and knowledge in the comfort and privacy of their home. EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT are part of ACT's logitidinal assessment program designed to give parents objective feedback on the knowledge and skills of their children. The EXPLORE assessment is for children in the 8th to 9th grade level and the PLAN assessment is for children at the 10th grade level.
The Advantage program is offered by ACT, a not-for-profit organization that has been delivering educational programs and services for nearly 50 years. ACT developed "The College Readiness Standards" to serve as a link between what students have learned and what they must learn in order to be prepared for high school and college. The ACT Advantage program was designed to bring ACT's quality educational tools to homeschool families and their children with the goal of enhancing their educational experience.www.actadvantage.org
Caps and Gowns
Home School Legal Defense – Click here
Homeschool Diploma a Christian, family-owned graduation supply company. Visit our web site at www.homeschooldiploma.comor call us toll-free at 877-466-2563.
High School at home with help
(818) 523-6791 / 1-800-525-4419 / (818) 362-1489 fax
If you are dual enrolling – doing high school and college during the high school years, here are the contacts for these Community Colleges:
Pikes Peak Community College – Glenn Englund, Director of Special School Partnerships 719-338-4478, 719-338-4478 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 719-502-2072. His office is at the Rampart Range Campus in room S102F.
Arapahoe Community College -Howard Fukaye
Director, Pre-Enrollment Services
303.797.5622, Fax: 303.797.5773, email@example.com
251 N. Main St., Cedarville OH 45314
by Jeremiah Lorrig, HSLDA’s Deputy Director of Federal Relations
“Your Path to Honor as a Homeschooler”
The U.S. Marine Corps has joined the U.S. Army in actively pursing homeschooled students.
There is more good news for homeschool graduates seeking to enlist in the Armed Services.
Understand the military's tier system and how it has affected homeschoolers.
A basic history of homeschoolers and the military.
HSLDA President Mike Smith recaps the most recent developments in military policy regarding homeschoolers.
HSLDA has been working with the military for several years to remove discriminatory barriers for homeschool graduates. As a result, many homeschoolers are serving our country faithfully in the armed services.
Curriculum and online classes
14-Year Veteran Homeschool Dad
Director, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Patrick Henry College (PHC) Does your teen have an interest in traditional camp activities while exploring an academic discipline from a distinctively Christian worldview? PHC summer teen camps are taught by PHC faculty and other experts and include field trips to historic and U.S. government sites. Previous camps included the areas of journalism, strategic intelligence, constitutional law, drama, debate, music, and Kuck’s camp for those with an interest in physics. Campers receive a taste of college life as they stay in the college dorms, attend chapel, and interact with current PHC students serving as camp staff. Teens, ages 14–18, are welcome to participate. At PHC’s website, you can access full details about the 2010 camp offerings.
Summit Ministries offers young adults (ages 16–24) a two week camp preparing them for college or the workforce where they’ll face many different ideas that are in conflict to a biblical worldview. They will receive instruction in worldview analysis, apologetics and leadership. Summit Ministries’ camps are held in Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Homeschool Science Academy’s Anatomy and Physiology Camp Teens interested in the sciences (especially careers in the medical field: physical therapy, nursing, sports medicine, forensics, etc.) may want to check out Homeschool Science Academy’s Anatomy and Physiology Camp. Geared to 9th–12th graders, teens will enjoy hands-on experiments (including dissecting cow and sheep organs and labs using human cadavers!) in a unique learning environment. The camp is held in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, NC.
Continental Singers If your teen wishes to combine the performing arts with sharing the gospel, the Continental Singers touring group offers opportunities to do just that as young adults take part in music missions, leadership development, and performing arts’ ministries.
Military Service Academies Teens who are interested in attending one of the military academies should investigate the summer seminars offered for rising high school seniors. The purpose of these camps is to provide teens a realistic view of cadet life. Each academy has its own application requirements and registration deadlines. Because these camps are very competitive, it is important to closely follow the guidelines for admission and apply early.
HSLDA lists short term mission trips. They list a number of agencies who cater specifically to youth who are interested in learning more about a career in missions.
Class time:11-12 noon
Ages: 7-18 (parents are welcome to participate with their child for the first month for free)
5818 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220 (between Colorado Blvd and Monaco)
Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter Excellent resource from HSLDA
Colorado High School Homeschool loop http://coloradohighschoolloop.blogspot.com. This site is a wealth of information for high schoolers. It includes local events to how to figure out GPA's and much more.
Getting Ready for College info click here
UnderGradZone http://www.undergradzone.com A great site with lots of information. A few of the topics: 1. High School Decisions – what to do when 2. Test Preparation with a few samples of questions 3. Admission Process 4. Paying for College 4. College Life.
HSNation.com http://www.hsncommunity.com/pg/expages/read/About/ The Homeschool Nation is here to help homeschoolers prepare for college, win scholarship money and find the right school.Our mission is to provide all the information you will need to plan and prepare for college. We have partnered with colleges across the country who are dedicated to the development and success of homeschoolers.
College Professor Critiques Homeschoolers copyright 2009 by Greg Landry, M.S.
I teach sophomore through senior level college students – most of them are "pre-professional" students. They are preparing to go to medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, etc.
As a generalization, I've noticed certain characteristics common in my students who were homeschooled. Some of these are desirable, some not.
1. They are independent learners and do a great job of taking initiative and being responsible for learning. They don't have to be "spoon fed" as many students do. This gives them an advantage at two specific points in their education; early in college and in graduate education.
2. They handle classroom social situations (interactions with their piers and professors) very well. In general, my homeschooled students are a pleasure to have in class. They greet me when they enter the class, initiate conversations when appropriate, and they don't hesitate to ask good questions. Most of my students do none of these.
3. They are serious about their education and that's very obvious in their attitude, preparedness, and grades.
Areas where homeschooled students can improve:
1. They come to college less prepared in the sciences than their schooled counterparts – sometimes far less prepared. This can be especially troublesome for pre-professional students who need to maintain a high grade point average from the very beginning.
2. They come to college without sufficient test-taking experience, particularly with timed tests. Many homeschooled students have a high level of anxiety when it comes to taking timed tests.
My advice to homeschooling parents:
1. If your child is even possibly college bound and interested in the sciences, make sure that they have a solid foundation of science in the high school years.
2. Begin giving timed tests by 7th or 8th grade. I think it is a disservice to not give students timed tests. They tend to focus better and score higher on timed tests, and, they are far better prepared for college and graduate education if they've taken timed tests throughout the high school age years.
In the earlier years the timed tests should allow ample time to complete the test as long as the student is working steadily. The objective is for them to know it's timed yet not to feel a time pressure. This helps students to be comfortable taking timed tests and develops confidence in their test-taking abilities.
Greg Landry is a 14 year veteran homeschool dad and college professor. He also teaches one and two semester online science classes, and offers free 45 minute online seminars. http://www.HomeschoolScienceAcademy.com