How to Go from Homeschool to High School

Homeschool is a great way to learn, but some people work best in a public school. Read below to learn how to transfer from homeschool to high school.

Steps

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    First, ask your parents to let you switch to public/private school. If they don't like the idea then tell them it's a good opportunity to learn new stuff your parents or a tutor can't teach you (like how to play an instrument, and chorus, or woodshop). If they still say no tell them it's good for you to socialize, and get to know your peers. Parents may say that you are social enough because most homeschooled teens are.
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    Pick the closest High School near you. Go with your parents and look around. You don't want to jump ahead and make a decision before making sure you like the school. Meet the staff and see if you like them, get a tour, and check out the classes they offer and the after school activities. You can sometimes shadow someone for a day to get the feel for the school. If you don't like the school and there's another in town (maybe even a private school; if you can't afford it, many offer scholarships), look around the other schools and pick the one you like the most. If you live in a small town and there's only one school you may be able to go to another school in a bigger or different town; however, some towns won't let you.
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    After picking a school make sure you register. You'll need at least one of your parents to come with your birth certificate, Social Security card, and health records (actually shot records -- can't get into school without them).
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    Now all that's left is getting your stuff. Get at least five notebooks, 3 three ring binders, trapper is optional, pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, a ruler, a calculator, and a backpack (nowadays shoulder bags are in, but backpacks are more convenient).
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    Before attending the school try to get to know some of the kids that go to your school, and even if you aren't best friends still talk to them from time to time. It will make you feel more comfortable with your new school.
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    Once you get to the school check in at the front desk, and ask for your schedule, your locker number and combination (have someone show you how to open your locker since lots of homeschooled children don't know how they work), and request someone to show you around. When you get someone to show you around make sure that they show you other important places like the cafeteria, the gymnasium, the auditorium (if they have one), and the locker rooms.
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    Now have a little heart to heart with your teachers. Tell them what you know, also ask them about what they expect from you. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help when it's needed.

Tips

  • Join an after school activity, meet friends there.
  • Get a map of your school! Don't get lost!
  • Find out whether local high schools offer part-time schedules (where you take half of your classes at the school and are homeschooled the rest of the time) or allow homeschoolers to take a few courses at the school. This could be a great option.
  • Homeschoolers are sometimes more ahead in their work then that of others (not homeschooled) in the same grade. Hopefully, this will help you in learning your work and studying.
  • Practice opening your locker. That's the hardest part of starting off.
  • Make sure you really want to go to a school. It can be far more autocratic.
  • If you are worried about going to a huge public school or your parents don't feel comfortable with you going to school, try to find a good local private school instead. Though tuition can be pricey, they often offer scholarships and tuition help.

Warnings

  • Bullies! They come in all shapes and sizes. Some hit you, some steal your stuff, and some spread life-ruining rumors. But there is a way to stop them! Talk to your teachers and your counselor. They will keep an eye out for you, and tell you ways to cope with them. If it doesn't stop, tell the principal, and report to your teachers. They'll solve it. If it still doesn't stop, then there is a very embarrassing solution: have your parent call their parent. It can seem babyish, but it rarely fails. And if it still doesn't stop, get some friends (really big friends) and confront them to stop as a group.

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