TOS with David & Laurie Callihan: High Schooling
Imagine a school setting where guidance counselors who love and care about your children are available to help you. Imagine that these people aren’t in it for the money—they truly love the children. Imagine having access to their care and concern 24 hours a day, with consistency, from grades K -12. Well there is no reason to just imagine. YOU are the loving guidance counselor for your child. The challenge comes when the homeschooler is called upon to engage more fully in the world—in contemplation of college and careers. You need resources to guide you so you can more competently guide them.
David and Laurie Callihan are the parents of five children (all born within six years!) who have homeschooled from the beginning. They have successfully graduated three high schoolers (so far!) and have been actively involved in homeschooling support and advocacy for twenty years. You got questions? They’ve got answers! Join us as The Old Schoolhouse chats with the Callihans about preparing our children for life after homeschooling.
One of the secrets we learned as we raised our children, by asking God for wisdom, is that we can transfer the ownership of high school to our children. We stumbled on to some very useful tools to help us to do this that we find help motivate and direct homeschooled students. We are really training “pre-adults” in the high school years. The key is to help parents realize, “You can do this!” Once we give them that level of confidence, the intimidation factor is minimized.
There are exciting options available today that may surprise many parents. We have some very simple and straightforward means to help our children move ahead into college work while still in homeschool high school. One of the most significant is the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) tests. They are inexpensive–$50 per test. They are accepted at over 2,900 colleges and universities nationwide. They are time-tested, having been around at least since the 1960′s. They are standardized, since they are administered by the College Board organization, the same people who provide the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Homeschooling students can use these tests to “double credit” high school and college work. In many cases, they can complete one or two years of college at a fraction of the cost! Of course, whether a local college or university will accept the CLEPs is something parents will have to investigate. However, there are other options as well, like AP exams, portfolio reviews, and alternative colleges that are radically changing the landscape of higher education for homeschooled students. It is time for homeschoolers to realize that getting a degree at home is not only reasonable, but practical. You can learn more at our new website, www.clepclasses.com.
The most important document needed as a part of record keeping in high school is the transcript. With the “Grand Plan” you can easily transfer information to the transcript once the course is completed. Again, it shouldn’t be more difficult than you have to make it. You are the administrator and teacher in most cases for your student. As the parent, you are the one who decides what constitutes an acceptable grade for a class. You are the one who grades the papers and determines how an “A”grade is achieved. It is no different than what a high school English or science teacher does. Just keep enough records to verify what was done. Our “Christian Homeschool Daily Planner” is one of the tools that we created for our own children, and recently have made available to others to simplify this process and create a permanent record of yearly work. By keeping it simple and straightforward, you devote only as much time to this process as is necessary to do the job. No more and no less.