High School from Home

We are now on the High School journey. As I am the type of person that really wants to know what our options are, I started to research things when my child was in grade 7. This page is devoted to collecting that information in one location, and to assist other homeschool families in their decisions.

The decision to homeschool through high school can be very overwhelming. Everything from scheduling, selecting curriculum, keeping records/tracking, and in helping your child figure out what they want to do with their lives.

Whether your child has a passion and therefore knows what they want to do, or if your child is going to do a wide spectrum of courses to help them find that interest, there will be some information on this page that can help you and your child.

Some questions that we had to consider:

Can I meet the needs of my student?
After lots of thought on this, each family will be able to make that decision for their situations.
What about subjects that I know nothing about?
There are so many courses that provide everything to teach with.  You can use 3rd party curriculum’s that also provide the teacher/mentor to help your child.   There is also the internet.  So many web sites provide free videos and other information for anyone to learn about a topic.
How do I keep track and what do I keep track of?
With some simple forms, you and your child can keep track of everything they do.
Will my child continue onto Post Secondary or go directly into the workforce?
This will depend on what your child is interested in.
What will my child need to get into Post Secondary?
The easiest way to determine this is to contact several different schools by Grade 10, and ask them what is required to get into the programs your child is interested in.    Doing this in Grade 10 will allow you to plan Grade 11 & 12 specifically with the courses your child needs.   There is no reason to waste time on subjects that your child does not need, and is not interested in.   If
What are your child’s strengths?
This will be unique for every child.  Look at what your child spends their free time doing.  What types of activities is your child the most happy participating in?

How to choose a curriculum:

There is so much to choose from these days. Things to consider are:
What are you and your child willing and capable to do in order to accomplish everything?  What is your child’s teaching style?   Audio, Video, Text Book, Literature style books

Types of curriculum:

  • Box Curriculums – Teacher led or Student led
  • Create your own courses
  • Using online courses
  • Use dual enrollment classes (provides you with a high school credit AND a college credit)

Good Luck in your choice.


After sitting with a good friend that has put one child through college, and has a second almost done high school, we have some specific details to keep in mind:

  • Ontario Curriculum guidelines  – Use the codes from the guideline for your transcripts
  • when creating course titles on a transcript, put the title of the book used, as it is sometimes recognized.  (example – Abeka, Apologia, etc)
  • keep track of all volunteer hours
  • copy all certificates and diplomas for transcript portfolio
  • University application is due by November
  • College application is due by February

Guide to write course descriptions


Can my student go go to high school part time? 



Web Site Links:

NEW  – Admissions info for Homeschoolers 

What if my student is falling behind in high school ?  (Blog)

Movies as Literature

Homeschooling for High School and College Admission from Malia Russell, homemaking 911           Free Audio Download        (not sure how long this freebie will be up. If the link is dead, please let me know)

Transcript Template (US based) – Create professional homeschool transcripts easily!
Download PEAH’s Free Homeschool Transcript Template

Tracking Software:  Homeschool Tracker  (Approx $10 a month, or $79 a year CDN)
– create lesson plans, print daily check lists for students, put grades in when assignments are completed, print report cards, print transcripts, and much much more…

Coursera is a web site that provides courses on almost any subject

Ontario Learn online College Courses

Lumerit – (Prevously known as College Plus) US Based – can help your high school student complete accredited courses that can count for both High School Credit AND College credit.  (NOTE:  I was told that there is only ONE school in Canada that will convert courses for credits.   All other schools are US).

Study.com – online courses for High School, College and University

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by different providers

NARHS – North Atlantic Regional High School 
– accredited with diploma/transcripts
– you make your own courses and submit portfolios for review
– can be enrolled in college/university courses as well, and use those credits towards High School transcript
– registered in State of Maine – only need 17 1/2 credits

Tree of Life
– non-accredited with diploma, offering standardized testing and teacher support

– non-accredited with diploma, offering standardized testing and teacher support

– accredited with diploma

Universities that offer online classes/dual enrollment

www.liberty.edu – dual enrollment offered in Grades 11 and 12, half price classes

Athabasca University – offering university classes regardless of age

Publically Funded (Canada) 
(meaning they are not legally permitted to charge for providing an education.  Fees are purely administrative, and some even refunded after completion of courses)

Avon-Maitland District E-Learning Centre (AMDEC)
– sept to jun
– must be registered with a school board (letter of intent submitted)

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)
– independent study; courses completed in 10 months
– final exams are written
– at a cost of $40 per course
– offers a full range of courses from grades 9-12

Open School Ontario
– requires a $50 credit card deposit. When a student passes a course, the money is refunded
– run by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
– Courses must be completed within 18 weeks, and there are usually deadlines for assignments within the courses.
– All study materials and assignments are online: there are no books or paper materials at all.
– OSO is best for students who can work independently.

Virtual Learning Centre (VLC)
– semestered, live online classes
– weekly tests/assignments
– students who want more interaction with teachers and peers

Ontario e-Learning Consortium
– Students who wish to sign up for these courses must do so through a local school board – you can even sign up for courses which are not usually offered through your school board.
– usually no cost, but there may be fees for administration, books, or materials.

Private Schools
(You will be required to pay for these programs yourself.)

Blythe Academy

Canadian Online High School (COHS)

NEW     Canada eSchool (claims to be accredited by Ministry of Education)

Grade Learning

Virtual High School (VHS)

Classical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC) – U.S.

Some specific details related to Ontario 

When reading up on course codes, or choosing how to create codes, these are what the codes are in Ontario:

What do those high school course codes mean?
P – Applied (lead into C level courses)
D – Academic (leads into U level courses)
O – Open (anyone can register)
E – Employment entry
C – College entry
U – University entry
M – College or University entry
College programs require C, U, or M courses. University programs require U or sometimes M courses.

The District School Board of Niagara has two options for earning credits (e-learning or self-study). For e-learning or self-study through the DSBN,  See links on the left here:
• eLearning: Complete some grade 10, 11, or 12 courses online. Teachers are available by e-mail to answer questions. You must sign up at the beginning of the semester.
• Self-study program: Assignments are picked up from the high school, completed at home, and brought back to the school.

The Niagara Catholic District School Board also has continuous intake e-learning classes available: that means you can sign up and start a class any time, not just at the beginning of the semester. You don’t have to be Catholic to take classes with them. Courses cost $50 each – there may be additional costs for books and materials.

These are generally courses that I have researched for my own children to do.  If you have any others that can be added to this list, send me a message and I will add it for others to access.

Equine Nutrition (Coursera)

The Horse Course: Intro to Basic Care and Management (Coursera)

Canadian Gr 10 History  (Creating History)

Canadian Gr 10 History (Donna Ward)

Writing Course (Sharon Watson – Power in your hands)

 One Year Adventure Novel

Writing Course (Time 4 writing)

Art Course

Science and Other (to be used with other programs)

Home Economics

Latin (we recommend this one – we love it)

All-in-one Highschool Online