HomeLife Academy
~ HOME LIFE NEWS ~                                                                  Vol. 7, No. 6

Greetings!
 Little girl graduate

  Before you know it, your little one will be a graduate!!! Where does the time go? We're here to help!
 
No matter how prepared you feel there are always questions! Below you
will find some time-tested, parent-approved, easy-to-follow steps for
teaching all the way through high school. We'll do this together, and together we'll do a great job!


You're not alone!

HLA started in TN, but
now serves a global homeschool community, offering ONE competitive diploma to
graduates in all fifty states and many foreign countries. The
uniqueness of HLA is we put the power in the hands of the parent,
allowing YOU to customize a highschool transcript that is just right
according to your child's goals. That is why we call this Goal-Based
Education. Our transcripts are as diverse as the directions of our
students. Below you will find a wealth of information to help you take
responsibility for your high school student. But you are NEVER ALONE!
Our growing high school staff is experienced and helpful. Click here to see our new high school pages.


I have a High Schooler! What now?!

Parents
of students beginning 9th grade year are in new and
unfamiliar territory. Suddenly, everything "counts!"
While there does need to be focus on the academic requirements,
school should still be fun and exciting. To be sure your student is prepared for the next four years, and
beyond, here are some things to place on your "To Do"
list.


  1. Read through the High School Web Pages
  2. .

  3. Print
    out a High School Planning sheet and (in pencil) lay out the
    foundation for your student's high school years. Once you have your plan, you can focus on the best curriculum and
    electives that will enhance your student's experience.
  4. Prepare
    to take the ACT and/or SAT in the future. If your student does not
    test well, this is the time to get them more comfortable with tests.
    Please be aware that colleges require either the ACT or the SAT for
    admission. It is best to take these tests several times beginning in
    10th or early 11th grade. Please register as an HLA student (not a
    homeschooler). To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org and
    for the SAT, go to www.collegeboards.com. Even if your students are not going to college we recommend trying the ACT.
  5. Emphasize
    to your student the importance of taking upper level high school
    courses, in accordance with your goals. A strong reading and writing
    base in the four years of high school English is crucial regardless of
    college or not. Writing skills are essential to many good jobs.
  6. Research
    specific requirements that your future college may have. It is your
    responsibility to make sure all requirements are met. Get a general
    idea of how much college costs, including books and room and board, and
    begin, or continue, to save.

  7. Encourage
    your student to become involved in extra-curricular activities for
    high school. These items are best placed in the Portfolio and will
    sent to colleges with the transcript. A general rule of thumb is
    that academic courses are placed in the transcript and
    extra-curricular activities are best placed in the portfolio.
    Community service, clubs, and groups that allow your student to
    develop leadership skills are good investments of time.
 



I have a Junior!! What now?!?

Students
beginning their 11th grade year are in a wonderful
position. They still have time to pursue high school courses they are
interested in, while looking towards their future in college. To be
sure your student is prepared for the next two years, and beyond,
here are some things to place on your "To Do" list.

  1. As
    soon as you finalize 10th grade grades, request an 11th grade evaluation in Request Manager. This evaluation will give you
    verification on any requirements your student needs to fulfill to
    graduate.
  2. Register
    for the ACT and/or SAT. Please be aware that colleges require either
    the ACT or the SAT for admission. It is best to take these tests
    several times beginning in 10th or early 11th grade. Please register
    as an HLA student (not a homeschooler). To register for the ACT, go
    to www.actstudent.org and
    for the SAT, go to www.collegeboards.com.
    There is a podcast available on ACT test preparation on the HLA
    website under "podcasts." And FAQ topics, too!
  3. Consider
    having your student take the PSAT in October to compete to be a
    National Merit Scholar. It is offered through HLA for those in the Memphis
    area. For those outside the Memphis area, go online at www.collegeboard.com for more information. Or, contact local schools,
    speak with the guidance counselor, and request that your student be
    allowed to take the PSAT with their students.
  4. Dual
    Enrollment is growing. If your student will be taking Dual Enrollment classes in TN,
    download the Dual Enrollment form
    and submit to us for signing 2 weeks before you will need it. HLA now
    has dozens of articulation agreements setup in FL and other states as
    well. Just send us your applications!
  5. College
    Fairs: Research and find dates of college fairs in your area.

  6. Begin researching colleges: take
    note of due dates for applications, scholarships, etc. Also,
    research entrance requirements and be sure your student will have
    fulfilled those by graduation.

  7. Read information on choosing a good college.

  8. Research local graduation
    ceremonies and work towards fulfilling the requirements for your
    student to participate.


I have a Senior!!! What now?!?!

Students
beginning their 12th grade year are in a sometimes
overwhelming position. They are trying to fulfill their final high
school requirements, while looking towards their future in college or work.
It can be an emotional and incredibly difficult year for both the parents
and student. To be sure you and your student experience success
during this year, and beyond, here are some things to place on your
"To Do" list.

  1. As
    soon as you finalize 11th grade grades, request an 12th grade evaluation in Request Manager. This evaluation will give you
    verification on any requirements your student needs to fulfill to
    graduate. This also verifies your student's transcript shows
    your student in the most favorable light when it is submitted to
    colleges.

  2. Bring your student's Portfolio up to date and prepare it to be sent with requested
    transcripts.
  3. If
    you are still searching for that elusive "one more point"
    on the ACT/SAT, be sure to register for the fall test times. Please
    be aware that colleges require either the ACT or the SAT for
    admission. It is best to take these tests several times beginning in
    10th or early 11th grade.
  4. Dual
    Enrollment: If your student will be taking Dual Enrollment classes,
    download the Dual Enrollment form and submit to us for signing 2
    weeks before you will need it
  5. Have
    your student narrow the list of possible colleges; take note of due
    dates for applications, scholarships, etc. Also, research entrance
    requirements and be sure your student will have fulfilled those by
    graduation.

  6. Apply for all colleges and scholarships by the posted due date; a
    week before if possible. Apply for anything you think your student
    might qualify; you never know if you will be the only ones applying!
    You never know what your student might receive, so apply, apply, apply!

  7. Submit your request for high school transcripts to be submitted to
    colleges two weeks before they need to arrive. This also goes for
    recommendation letters. records@homelifeacademy.com
  8. Fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1 of the
    year of college admission.
  9. Call us anytime if you need help!
 


We're here to help…
The
main thing to remember is we are here to help. We are committed to you
and your family, to making sure your kids get what they need through
the high school years. If you run
into to problems, don't give up to quickly. There are solutions for a
great number of difficulties; just give us a call!



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