Understanding the Rhythms of Homeschool Senior Year

Homeschool years have rhythms, but senior year’s pattern is different…and busy! Here are tips for understanding the rhythms of homeschool senior year.

Understanding the Rhythms of Homeschool Senior Year

Understanding the Rhythms of Homeschool Senior Year

While there’s not ONE right way to handle homeschool senior year, here are some general rhythms to follow:

July for College-bound Students: Curriculum time. Get it ordered! Choose subjects to study that will make the transcript optimum for college prep. Involve your senior in this process because this is good practice for college. Get senior year portraits done.

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July for Career-bound Students: Curriculum time. Get it ordered! Choose subjects to study that will make the transcript optimum for career preparation. Involve your senior in this process because this is good practice for life choices. Get senior year portraits done.

August for College-bound Students: Get that College Application Essay written. It is a good idea to do that BEFORE school starts!

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August for Career-bound Students: Get that resume written! Even if you have little working experience so far, you can create a solid experiential resume (download this easy $1.99 guide).

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September for College-bound Students: Narrow your college search to 3-5 schools. Make sure you visit. Think about: a *reach school*, a *good-fit school*, a *guaranteed-acceptance school*.

September for Career-bound Students: Networking time! Start asking around friends, family and church for some apprenticeship, shadowing or entry-level jobs. Sign up at the local community college for trade classes.

October for College-bound Students: Begin online college applications and paper applications, where available. Ask NICELY for reference letters. File your FAFSA.

October for Career-bound Students: Reference gathering! Ask 2 or 3 people who know you well to write you a short reference letter to include in your job application.

November for College-bound Students: Keep working on college applications! Work on some life-prep writing like Senior Year Writing. Keep your academics strong!

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November for Career-bound Students: Job applications! Keep working on job applications and/or trade classes. Work on some life-prep writing like Senior Year Writing. Keep your academics strong!

December for College-bound Students: Steady on! Stay on course with academics. Make time for senior year memories.

December for Career-bound Students: Steady on! Stay on course with academics. Make time for senior year memories.

January for College-bound Students: Send your first semester transcript to colleges. Wait for your acceptance, wait or never-mind letters from colleges. Keep your academics strong.

January for Career-bound Students: Stay the course in academics, work and training.

February for College-bound Students: Graduation prep! Create your graduation announcements. Start planning graduation ceremonies and parties.

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February for Career-bound Students: Graduation prep! Create your graduation announcements. Start planning graduation ceremonies and parties.

March for College-bound Students: Choices! When financial aid packages come in, make your final college choice (if you haven’t already). Stay the course academically.

March for Career-bound Students: Stay the course academically.

April for College-bound Students: Planning for a strong finish! Schedule backwards for completing your academics, graduation planning. Mail announcements at the end of the month. Schedule any official academic reviews that are required in your area.

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April for Career-bound Students: Planning for a good finish! Schedule backwards for completing your academics, graduation planning. Mail announcements at the end of the month. Schedule any official academic reviews that are required in your area.

May for College-bound Students: Finish your academics by the end of the month. 

May for Career-bound Students: Finish your academics by the end of the month.

June for College-bound Students: Congratulations! Mail your final transcript to the college you chose. Graduation ceremony and PARTY!

June for Career-bound Students: Congratulations! Graduation ceremony and PARTY!

Understanding the Rhythms of Homeschool Senior Year

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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