Developing a high school plan, deciding on curriculum, scheduling driver's education, signing up for achievement/aptitude tests for college admission, creating transcripts, and helping your child draft a resume can seem overwhelming. Guiding your child for the future in terms of employment, military, gap year, apprenticeships, internships, trade school, community college, and 4-year college could turn your hair gray! Reference High School Links and High School Articles for more information.
You need help with juggling all this and JCHE strives to support you during this time. Finding a homeschool mentor (someone who has successfully graduated a child from homeschool) and/or reading from reputable homeschool sources (Guide to Homeschooling Through High School) are two helpful resources. Another is to ask questions of our experienced moms on our JCHE forum, called Discussions, or on one of our Facebook groups.
Your high school student can benefit directly from the activities which JCHE offers. 4-H, Enrichment Day, History Club, JCHE sponsored homeschool science classes, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Volleyball Team, and Yearbook can all contribute as electives or main courses on the transcript and/or extracurricular activities on the resume and college applications.
Other benefits for high schoolers include Group Testing, Junior/Senior Club, School Pictures, and Teen Club. For Seniors, we offer a formal graduation ceremony and Senior Pictures.
Your child's resume should include a record of your teen’s activities, volunteer or community service, and talents or skills. A resume may be required for employment.
Transcripts are records of your student's completed high school courses, the credit earned for each course, each course’s final grade, and their grade point average (GPA). Colleges and other post-high school institutions will require a transcript for admission. HSLDA provides sample transcripts, a download-able transcript with GPA calculation, and transcript preparation information.
Your child may earn college credit while still in high school through the Career & College Promise Program (CCP/Dual Enrollment). Johnston Community College and Wake Technical Community College are two options. The CCP programs at JCC, Lenoir, and Wake Tech offer different pathways leading to credentials for employment (certificate, diploma, or degree) or a two-year associate’s degree which aligns with course requirements at UNC member institutions.
Sign-ups for JCHE Seniors who wish to participate in our Graduation Ceremony begin in February. This is a formal graduation (cap and gown required) to honor our Seniors and their parents. The ceremony takes place in May each year.
American Heritage Girls Troop
A club to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. Girls ages 5-18.
iGovern Leadership Camps
Teen Pact Leadership Schools
TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things. We believe that God gives every young person a great spiritual capacity as well as a scriptural mandate to cultivate and use their talents – even before they are old enough to vote! TeenPact trains these young people to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools, teaching and opportunities to do so.
Trail Life USA
A Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men (K-12th grades.
High School Brochure
How to Plan an Awesome Senior Year
If you are planning to graduate one of your kids this next school year, then let me be the first to say, ”Congratulations! You are almost there!” Now get a date on the calendar to plan for making this a great school year. When May rolls around, you’ll be glad you did. Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!
FREE GPA Calculator designed specifically for do-it-yourself homeschoolers
The ACT is a national college admissions examination (achievement test) that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Optionally, you may include the Writing test, which adds a 40 minute essay. This test satisfies the DNPE requirements for annual testing as long as the Writing portion is included. Use the 969999 homeschool code. Many of us choose to take the ACT at Smithfield Selma High School.
AP - Online Courses
AP Homeschoolers was one of the first online providers for AP test preparation courses for homeschoolers. From just a few courses and a website programmed by Howard and Susan's teenage son, these online courses have grown through word of mouth into a well-organized extensive roster of high-quality courses, fueled by passionate teachers and satisfied students.
CCP - Johnston Community College
CCP allows eligible high school students to enroll in college classes at JCC. Students who successfully complete college courses earn college credit they can take with them after graduation. In many cases, students can also earn dual credit - meeting high school graduation requirements with college courses. Career & College Promise offers high students options to pursue educational and career goals of their choice. A distinction of JCC is its focus on the biotechnology field.
CCP - Lenoir Community College
Located in Kinston, this community college offers a number of options different from JCC or Wake, one of which is the Center for Aviation Education.
CCP - Wake Tech
Career and College Promise, or CCP, allows eligible high school students to take college courses at Wake Tech. It is sometimes referred to as dual enrollment. One of Wake Tech's hallmarks is their art program.
CLEP For College Credit
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is examined in this article which compares it to the other college credit test -- Advanced Placement (AP). A chart is included detailing the 34 different CLEP exams. CLEP is a series of 33 tests in five academic areas offered by the College Board throughout the year. CLEP exams are structured to mirror the types of courses taken during freshman and sophomore year. The CLEP exam covers subject areas like Composition and Literature, World Languages, Business, History and Social Science, and Science and Mathematics. Your student can begin taking CLEP exams as soon as he or she is ready. There are no specific age requirements, and testing is open to homeschoolers. The tests are pass/fail, and each one costs roughly $100 after fees. (If your student does not pass a CLEP, he or she must wait a minimum of three months before re-taking it.) Each test takes approximately 90 minutes and is administered via computer. While most of the tests are multiple-choice, some subjects (like composition) involve essay questions. Your student may prepare for CLEP exams through the official CLEP Study Guide.
College Application Help
As a one-stop resource, this ACT eBook will inform you on: When to apply to college How many applications to complete Which college application deadline is best for you The parts of a college application – and how to make them stand out What to do after you submit
College Application Resume
Comparison of ACT vs. SAT
The SAT is an aptitude test which covers Reading, Writing & Language, and Math. You may add an optional Essay portion. The SAT does NOT meet the DNPE annual testing requirements. The homeschool code is 970000. Many of our students take the exam at Smithfield Selma High School.
There are many types of tests available to teens. The tests your teens need to take will depend on their post high school goals. For more information about College Testing, click on the link.
Rate My Professor
Read about a particular teacher/professor at colleges BEFORE signing up for the class!
Driver Education - Johnston Co.
Student Eligibility Requirements for Driver Education and information including link with JCS schedules.
Driving Eligibility Certificate Request
GPS Driving School
Driving school catering to teens seeking their North Carolina learner's permit and to adults desiring private lessons. 401 E. Main St., Suite 200 Clayton, NC 27520 919-581-5100
Learn 2 Drive
Driving school catering to teens seeking their North Carolina learner's permit and to adults desiring private lessons. 11760 NC Hwy 210 Suite 140 Benson, NC 27504 Phone: 919-805-2181 Learn2drivedriving@gmail.com
Practice DMV Test
Teen Defensive Driving Program
The B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School is a free, defensive driving program. The school is designed for teenagers (aged 15-19) who already have a learner’s permit or driver’s license and have at least thirty hours of driving experience.
National Home School Honor Society
Registration for the Theta Nu Chapter (JCHE membership required) of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society is open. Our honor society focuses on leadership, integrity, networking, community service, and scholarship. For grades 9-12. A test score of 88 (CLT), 1200 (SAT), 26 (ACT), 1200 (PSAT), 1200 (PSAT 10), 1200 (PSAT 8/9), a 90% composite score on the Iowa, 90% on the total battery (the score listed under the National PR-S column) on the Stanford, or 90% total score (listed under the NPR column) on the Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) 2nd Edition nationally normed standardized achievement tests is required for ESA membership. The test score must come from one test. Test scores should not be more than 1 year old. All tests must be administered in a group setting.
NC Governor's Page Program
Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want our Governor’s pages to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.
NC House Page Program
This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four day long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action.
NC Senate Page Program
This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about and participate in the legislative process of our state. It is a week-long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) and 18, to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working on the Senate Chamber floor in the midst of legislative action.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Where to Find Scholarships
High School Homeschooling
Home School Legal Defense Association
Welcome to Homeschooling Thru High School! -- from HSLDA
Curriculum for High School - 5 ways to make it College Ready
Strategies for Getting Your Kids Set for College Success -- by Home School Enrichment magazine
The Pros and Cons of the College Road Less Traveled
Non-traditional Approach to College Education -- Home School Enrichment Magazine
Apprenticeships and Resumes
Article provided by Home School Enrichment Magazine
CLEP Tests for College Credit
Using CLEP Tests to Get a Head Start on College -- Home School Enrichment Magazine
The Essence of High School
Article provided by Home School Enrichment
Starting a business can be an amazing learning opportunity for your teens -- Home School Enrichment Magazine
5 Questions Students Must Ask - Junior Edition – 8/17/2017
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College and Career Planning for High School Juniors. This was a publication provided by ACT.org