What Must I Cover?
The Junior High/Senior High list of requirements includes:
- English, to include language, literature, speech and composition
- Social studies, to include civics
- World history, history of the United States and Pennsylvania
- Mathematics, to include general mathematics, algebra and geometry
- Physical education, health, and safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires.
Junior/Senior High electives may include:
- Biology and chemistry
- Foreign languages
PA state law requires that the high school student cover the following topics:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Science
- 3 years of Math
- 3 years of Social Studies
- 2 years of Humanities
Can I Teach High School Subjects?
Yes. Though the idea of teaching chemistry, physics, and calculus intimidates most of us, much of the high school curriculum is self-taught by your students. There are many options made available through support groups and tutoring services. Motivation is the secret to learning. If you need to learn something to teach it to your children, you are much more motivated than you were in high school. Many home educating parents report that the first time they really understood a subject was when they had to teach it to their children.
Are There Any Special Tips?
Many homeschoolers finish their course work early and begin apprenticeships or community college during what would normally be their junior or senior year. Homeschooling author Mary Pride takes this a step further by suggesting you may want to skip junior high school completely. Mary pointed out that the curriculum for junior high has almost total overlap with senior high. Life science in seventh grade and then biology in senior high would be an example of this redundancy. If your child is academically skilled, skipping junior high may well be a viable option. Thus the parent needs to decide whether to cover the same material twice or once in depth.