Homeschooling in Illinois Help

by Teresa
(Arlington Hgts, IL)

High School Homeschooling in Illinois

High School Homeschooling in Illinois

Concerned Grandmother wants to begin high school homeschooling in Illinois; help or be helped...

My grandson is very smart and hates high school. How can we get him home schooled to get his diploma.

Hi Teresa,
In Illinois, you are not required to register to home school. Since your grandson is attending a public school, you will need to notify the school that you are withdrawing him. You can notify the school with a letter - make sure you keep a copy of your letter for your records. You will also want to ask the school to send you a copy of his transcript, so you will know courses he has completed, his grades, etc.

Next, you will want to find out what courses/credits are required for a high school diploma in Illinois. This will help in determining what courses your grandson will need to take each year to graduate. You will also want to find out what he enjoys learning about, his interests, and if he wants to go to college after high school. If he doesn't want to go to college, homeschooling will allow him extra time to further his interests, pursue a hobby (that could turn into a business), or begin his work experience through an apprenticeship, etc. Some homeschooled students begin working on their college degree while completing high school... it's up to you and your grandson!

You will find a wide
variety of homeschooling curriculum and materials to choose from. You are free to choose any product or program that works best with your grandson. You can enroll in a program that also provides teacher support, grading, record keeping, etc. if you need those services.

Some homeschooling families take classes through a homeschool co-op; it's a great way for high school students to complete courses that you may feel less qualified to teach. However, I must say that most homeschool curriculum is pretty easy to use and is designed so that students and parents can complete and teach the lessons with little difficulty.

Other options for high school classes if you feel unqualified, or lack the time to teach: online courses, tutoring, community college, video classes or computer curriculum. My children completed their high school courses through a variety of methods. You may even have friends and family that can help with certain high school subjects... just ask!

Wishing you many blessings on your high school endeavor, Teresa! If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

You will find some helpful homeschooling in Illinois FAQ's here.

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