Homeschooling thru High School: Opportunities and Challenges

This is the outline from a talk Alicia gave at the Minnesota Catholic Homeschool conference in 2006. She hopes to fill in the details at some point.

Why Should We Educate?

  • to form convictions
  • to develop intelligence
  • to acquire knowledge
  • to form character
  • to cultivate virtues

Virtues of a Homeschool Family:
(in the context of Faith, Hope & Charity)

  • diligence
  • humility
  • patience
  • enthusiasm

Opportunities for Personal Growth:

  • sacraments
  • service
  • good reading
  • making connections
  • developing convictions
  • well-roundedness
  • closeness to family
  • developing independence and taking responsibility


“Real World” Skills:

  • competency
  • organization
  • “follow-through”
  • time management
  • job skills (typing, computer, basic math, etc.)
  • “people skills”

Academic Skills:

  • time-management
  • managing deadlines
  • thinking skills (underlies all other academic skills)
  • outlining (organizing thoughts)
  • note-taking (drawing out the most important things)
  • discussion (articulating thoughts, making connections, etc.)
  • diagramming (dissecting complex thought)
  • writing
  • reading comprehension
  • math

College Notes:

  • Stay informed and ask questions – especially during admissions process.
  • Let your children take responsibility.
  • The college they attend should be a place they can thrive.
  • Graduation requirements don’t always meet admissions requirements.
  • SAT or ACT tend to be much more important than transcripts.

Further Reading, Websites and Resources:


A Catholic Homeschool Companion edited by Maureen Wittmann & Rachel Mackson

Catholic Education: Homeward Bound by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson

High School of Your Dreams by Nancy Nicholson

Catholic Authors: Crown Edition: Grades 11-12 (Neumann Press)

Another Sort of Learning by Fr. James Schall

Young and Catholic by Tim Drake

Declaration on Christian Education (Vatican II)

Catechism of the Catholic Church and Compendium Catechism of the Catholic Church

Cardinal Newman Society

Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Saint Anthony Padua Institute

Intercollegiate Studies Institute College Guide (not entirely Catholic, but very Catholic-friendly and many Catholics on staff)


Home School, High School, and Beyond: A Guide for Teens and Their Parents by Beverly Adams-Gordon

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis

Homeschoolers’ College Admissions Handbook: Preparing 12 to 18 Year Olds for Success in the College of Their Choice by Cafi Cohen

College Planning for Dummies by Pat Ordovensky


College Board Info on Homeschool College Admissions

Stanford University Article on Homeschool Admissions

Learn in Freedom: Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers

College for Special Needs Students (not necessarily homeschooled)