High School Grads: What Do They Look Like?
April 19, 2023
Mercy Every Minute
Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
What Is the Goal?
Because homeschooling is known for gearing education to our unique learners, each homeschool graduate is going to look very different. There is no cookie cutter, and that is a good thing!
A homeschool graduate may choose:
- Gap Year
- Touring Musician
- Stay at Home Artist
- Creative Spirit
- And more . . .
No matter what they look like, our main goal is that they would look like their Father, God. In that process of becoming like their Father, what should they be ready to do and ready to face; and what is most important for life?
Ready to Do:
- Do they have good study skills?
- Do they know how to research information?
- Can they write an essay?
- Do they communicate clearly?
- Can they balance a checkbook or know how to use an online program?
- Can they cook a meal?
- Do they know basic car maintenance?
- Do they know how to clean and organize a household?
- Do they know how to care for young children?
- Are they teachable?
Ready to Face:
- Do they have a Biblical worldview?
- Are they strong in their faith?
- Can they articulate their convictions?
- Have they read the Bible through?
- Are they influenced by peer pressure?
- Do they know how to handle stressful situations?
- Are they fervent in prayer?
- Are they serving the Lord with the gifts and abilities He’s given them?
- Do they love God?
- Do they love others?
These are definitely not comprehensive lists, so ask God for wisdom for your own child. Don’t be anxious; pray.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 4:6, 7).
You can read about seven of my own homeschool graduates over the years within the pages of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. The most recent grad’s article is here:
And these articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine also give some wonderful insight on life after homeschool graduation:
TOO MANY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AREN’T COMMUNICATING TOO WELL!
Mastering the three “Rs” (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic) has been, and still is, the necessary foundation of a quality education. Unfortunately, over the years, there has been unproductive tampering with all three “Rs.” With reading, many schools replaced teaching phonics with something called the “Whole Language Approach.” With arithmetic, many schools replaced learning basic arithmetic, including the times tables, with something called “Modern Math.” And in 1985, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) published a resolution urging the discontinuance of testing practices that encourage the teaching of grammar – a resolution that is still posted on the NCTE website today.
HERE IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THAT RESOLUTION WAS PASSED
- In 2011, only 27% of 8th and 12th graders scored proficient on the National Performance in Writing Test.
- On both the SAT and ACT, the lowest sub-scores are from the sections that include writing and grammar.
- At many colleges, 40% to 60% of entering freshmen are required to enroll in remedial English.
- College graduates are finding that they do not qualify for positions that require proficient writing skills.
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Homeschool Graduates Look Like Success
Just as no two homeschooling families are alike, no two homeschool high school graduates will be alike either. High school graduates’ families will have homeschooled using a variety of curricula including the Charlotte Mason method, Schoolhouseteachers.com, Rod & Staff Publishers, Sonlight Curriculum, Memoria Press, and many more.
Homeschooled graduates have gone on to attend many post-secondary institutions as well as pursue a variety of jobs—they are writers and authors, doctors, lawyers, electricians, plumbers, farmers, and numerous other positions. Some start their own businesses, and some are now homeschooling-parents, themselves (second or third generation.)
What sets homeschool graduates apart, though? It is their character and personal qualities that distinguish them from public or private school graduates. Homeschool graduates are typically self-starters who take initiative, work hard, are resourceful, have a strong faith and believe in the Lord’s guidance and provision. They often develop and use their skills and do their work to the glory of God and to bless others. They also have a lifelong love of learning.
Many seek God’s will for their lives and are involved in church. They often volunteer, are interested in, and participate in politics and local matters, and are active in their local communities.
Because homeschool graduates spend so much time with siblings, not to mention aunts, uncles, and grandparents, they are likely to have regularly interacted with people of all ages. So after high school, they are often quite confident while interacting with colleagues, managers, friends, and neighbors of different ages.
Homeschool graduates have also had the time to develop and learn practical skills such as: sewing, knitting, crocheting and other handiworks, gardening, cooking, cleaning, woodworking, budgeting and managing a household. These skills help them do well in life as adults.
So what do homeschool graduates look like? Generally, they’re successful, confident, kind, knowledgeable people who never stop learning and enjoy serving others. And that looks like success.
About the author
A homeschool graduate based in Alberta, Canada, Barbori Garnet is a writer, artist, musician, gardener, and author of Home at the Office: Working Remotely as a Way of Life. She has a BFA in painting and drawing and an MA in communications in public relations. Barbori began working on staff at The Old Schoolhouse® and The Canadian Schoolhouse in January 2021. Her other interests include reading, tennis, and enjoying cups of tea with family and friends. Her website is BarboriGarnet.com.
Three Defining Features of High School Graduates
- Pride. When a student accepts a diploma and moves the cord across their cap, they become a graduate. This moment marks their achievement, acknowledges all their hard work and dedication, and distinguishes them from the other students. Seniors are due at least a little pride as the culmination of four years of work comes to a regal end. They are proud to show off their accomplishments, proud to finally be finished, and proud to be standing in front of their family to accept this honor. Their proud smile of relief is one for the scrapbooks. Cue the fanfare!
- Passion. I haven’t met a graduate who wasn’t eager to go out into the world. This milestone sets them free to go to college or pursue a career, travel more freely, dive into their specific passions, and start planning and saving for their future. Even when a graduate isn’t quite sure of their path, they are excited to get started. “College or career? It doesn’t matter as long as it’s mine!” They go out with such a purpose, even if they are unsure where to direct it. These students have their whole lives ahead of them, with all the passion of the young in their heart. They are ready.
- Adulthood. Graduation also marks the passing of childhood. Your child is now an adult. As parents, seeing them in their cap and gown is very emotional for us. It’s easy to look on with sadness. We recognize that our child is growing up, and it feels too fast. Long gone is your little toddler. But you have prepared them for this. You have trained them up to be dedicated and follow through, to be curious and love learning, and to be independent adults. You have succeeded. Congratulations to the Class of 2023 (and the parents that got them here!)
Want more details on mastering graduation ceremonies, party ideas, senior year essentials, and what to do when you’re finished homeschooling? Check out Graduate Your Homeschooler in Style, the essential guide to preparing for and celebrating your child’s launch into adulthood.
About the author
Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, is a speaker and author of more than 30 books about homeschooling high school. An expert on homeschool transcripts and getting scholarships, Lee’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Grab some of the complimentary homeschool resources from Lee and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
Pillar of Hope
Jodi Riddle – A Confident Child of God
Graduation day brings so many emotions for a student. It’s the end of one season, but the start of the next one. One thing is certain—it’s a time of decisions. Questions are asked of high school graduates such as: Are you going to college? Will you be getting a job? What do you want to do with your life?
All these questions can be overwhelming, but I like what Paul has to say in Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” For around eighteen years, parents train their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). And now those children can be confident that God can take who He created them to be and combine that with the training they have received, and He will perform His perfect will in the child’s life.
So, some people may say that the high school graduate looks like an overwhelmed, confused teenager, but I beg to differ. I think that through the faith they have in their Creator, and the parents who invested in them, they look like a confident child of God.
About the author
Jodi started her journey with TOS in April 2016 and serves as the Director of Human Resources. She and her husband, Duane, have been married over 30 years and have spent over 20 years in the ministry. Along with being a pastor’s wife, she homeschooled her 3 (now grown) sons for 18 years and also taught in the private and public-school settings. Jodi enjoys teaching, playing the piano, and making cards. Her heart’s desire is to serve others and use her gifts to glorify the Lord.
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SchoolhouseTeachers.com wants to celebrate your graduate’s achievements at our 2023 Senior Recognition event! Submit a photo of your senior and a favorite quote, scripture, or plans for the future (280-character limit) and we’ll help share it with the world! We’ll be showcasing them in our SchoolhouseTeachers.com Facebook group, and on our Instagram and Twitter pages, beginning May 29. Let’s congratulate each senior together! You did it!
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Submissions will be accepted April 17 through May 19, 2023.
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