High School Checklist
Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need in place to start off homeschooling high school on the right foot AND stay there!
A transition plan is exactly what it sounds like, a 4-year plan detailing how specific schooling activities will prepare a student for wherever they are be transitioning.
And, although most students, as well as their parents, have no idea what the future holds 4 years away, each year the plan is adjusted to meet a more accurate end goal.
Typically, transition plans are used in general public high schools since special education students’ schooling includes learning components more diverse than just curriculum and extracurricular activities. A transition plan documents how each instructional component in a student’s learning plan fits together in achieving specific graduation goals.
If your student requires any accommodations, modifications in curriculum, or assistive technology in his studies, it is likely he will require those helps after high school.
Keeping records of your student’s needs, as well as any diagnostic testing records which give backing to those needs, will help your student best advocate in the future for accommodations from college testing boards, universities, job training programs, certification testing boards, and/or government testing offices.
IEP Basics – What to Track
- Student’s yearly baseline status
- Current testing records
- Accommodations, modifications and assistive technology used
- Specific and measurable goals
- Therapy integration
- Transition plan, if a student is age 14 or older
- Behavior intervention strategies
Learn more on how to create your own IEP, step-by-step.
Looking for help? Consider hiring one of our consulting partners to help you develop a homeschool plan and IEP.
Basic High School Record Keeping
Using an IEP to Keep Everything in One Place
An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is a great place to keep track of ALL your student’s records, even in the high school years.
IEPs not only helps parents track the individual progress of their student but also helps create a comprehensive overview of the tools and/or interventions your student requires for optimal successful learning. Check out the list to the left as a guide for developing your own homeschool IEP.
*HSLDA members may access sample IEP’s and an IEP template. Additionally, the HSLDA Special Needs Consultants will assist parent-teachers in developing and drafting an individualized home education plan.
**THSC (Texas Home School Coalition) offers their members an IEP Generation Tool that is simple and easy to use.
Some states have required core subjects. As you are planning high school for your homeschooled high school student, make sure to check with your state homeschool organization to see if there are any subjects you are required to teach.
When reviewing your state law, also check to see if there are any specific allowances for a student’s cognitive ability to determine the level of instruction in those subject(s) AND if substitutions can be added into a transition plan for a student with special needs.
Personalizing High School
When choosing electives for your high school student, take into consideration your student’s transition plan as well as their gifts and interests. Electives can be subjects of study used to open the world of learning to your student beyond the barriers of academic deficits.
When thinking outside-the-box on how to incorporate electives into a homeschool high school plan, enrichment can be taken to a whole new level. Consider some of the subjects listed on the right to add to your student’s transcript.
“A high school transcript shouldn’t undermine creative and out-of-the-box…teaching methods for homeschooling high school.”
- Music Appreciation
- App Coding
- Martial Arts
- Drivers Education
- Graphic Design
- Child Development
- Film Making
- Geography…and more