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Homeschooling High School


Homeschooling High School

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Publisher: Emerald Books

Author: Jeanne Gowen Dennis

List Price: $24.99

Ages: 15-18 Years

Reviewed By: Deborah Deggs Cariker

Exhaustive and authoritative, this revised and updated edition of Homeschooling High School can help you plot a distinctive, college-bound path for your homeschooled high schoolers, or just map your trek through these special four years. Jeanne Gowen Dennis' paperback offers 320, 8-1/2 X 11 pages with 10 chapters, five appendices, several charts, plus a list of more than 20 positive comments from colleges which enroll homeschoolers. Chapters include: Is Home High Schooling for You?, Blueprint for Success, Planning and Priorities, A Tour of Homeschool High, High School Course Work, The Home Guidance Office, The "Perfect College" Pursuit, Making the Grade, Vital Statistics, and Professional Packaging. Appendices are: College Homeschool Requirements, Resources for the Home High School, Just for Students, Recommended Reading, and Sample Essays.

Along the way, Dennis drops in food for thought in the form of comments - uplifting and cautionary - from homeschoolers, and those who deal with them. For example: "(Homeschoolers should) develop a portfolio, write a really good cover letter, visit the college, and learn to `market' themselves as highly capable, young academicians who didn't lead, didn't follow, but went their own way and did it well." ~ David Hawsey, Associate Vice President, Juniata College. And: "The most important focus you should have is on your (children's) heart, not their head, for if their heart belongs to God and their parents, you have trained them in a way they will not depart from. If they are strong-willed and rebellious, you will have heartache." ~ Sharon Grimes, homeschool leader

The college application checklist and timeline (starting in EIGHTH grade!) should be very helpful, as will be the transcript samples and blanks. The large variety of helpful forms and charts are reproducible for family use. Though the book may seem as overwhelming as the subject matter, it truly is a book to use, to consume highlighter-in-hand, to mark up, and dog-ear. It is a comprehensive guide.

Whether you're considering homeschooling high school, or are already in the midst of it, and if your student is considering community college, four-year university, or trade school, this how-to book is a fine resource. Need to know about prerequisites, grading scales, transcripts, and student recommendations? You need this book. Even if your child is not college bound, Dennis` book is well-worth the purchase price for the pieces of advice and peace of mind it offers to get you through the important high school years.
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Available From: YWAM Publishing
Address: P.O.Box 55787, Seattle, WA 98155
Phone: 800.922.2143
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Deborah Deggs Cariker
A Houston-area veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a ninth-year homeschooling mother of two, and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Montgomery, Texas.
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