This post really should be titled “Living the High Schooler Life.” Despite being educated at home my whole life, besides kindergarten which doesn’t really count anyway, I don’t believe identifying as “homeschooled” is such a big deal.
However, I get a ton of questions whenever one of those people who actually go to school (in a building! everyday!) find out that I’m a homeschooler. So here I am to interpret this label for you guys!
1. We’re pretty unsocialized. (;
I have friends. Even more mind-blowing, I met most of them through school! Whether it be those people who I met through co-ops that I did in middle school and we still get together every few months, or the ones that I see multiple times a week for class and drama club, my friends are actual [really awesome] people.
2. We’re also pretty sheltered.
I get the vibe that the non-homeschool crowd thinks that homeschooler is synonymous with with weirdo. And I sorta get where that’s coming from. I have noticed that at least in my Christian homeschooler group of friends we can definitely make a whole lot of drama over any little thing, but that might not have to do with being sheltered as much as being teenage girls. (:
Not all homeschoolers wear long skirts, do side hugs Duggar-style, and think Harry Potter is evil. Most of them don’t wear crop tops and aren’t fluent in rap music either. It’s a spectrum. I will say that I’ve met people in the second category before, but have yet to come in contact with the first group…
3. We have a lot of things in common with “normal” schools.
We have prom. I go to high school football games as often as I can drag my friends along with me. I don’t wear pajamas to do school work. There are a few cliques. I have tests, teachers, grades, and a high school transcript (basically that means that I do in fact have to take 4 years of English and P.E. class to graduate). I take summer vacation. Oh, and study hall is a thing too.
4. I’m in some classes.
There are many different kinds of homeschooling that you can do. Contrary to popular opinion though, my mom isn’t the one who teaches me physics. But I do actually “do” physics. What happens is I physically go to class for a few hours once or twice a week per subject. Then the majority of the school is homework that we get to work on for the rest of the week, and then is graded by our teachers. The homework gets done either in study hall, or in my living room table/sofa in between driving all over the place for classes.
So Mondays, I go to a homeschool co-op and take economics with other homeschool students (there are other classes happening at the same time as well). Tuesdays and Wednesdays I go to a French class somewhere else and we meet in a community center type building. Wednesdays are also for Health and P.E., which meets at someone’s house. Thursdays, I take physics, study hall, then AP Literature at another co-op that meets at a church. And then Thursday nights and Friday morning I’m in an AP psychology class that meets online through gmail chatting and a skype (sort of) meeting.
My largest classes are the AP ones (psych has over 40 students, AP Lit has 20ish I think). Smallest is French, which only has 4.
5. I’m going to college!
It’s really hard for me to think about college since it seems ages away, except really I have to start thinking about applying in the next few months (SCARY), but yes, I am actually going away to an actual college! That exclamation point was sarcastic…I’ve always known that my homeschooling will definitely not be continued past high school graduation, and it kind of weirds me out whenever someone asks if it will. My parents are my guidance counselors, the ones encouraging me to go on college visits and working on my transcript.
There’s still a lot of options I’m considering. Large university or liberal arts college, for example…I don’t know for sure, yet. Nowadays it’s always in the back of my mind as I’m wading through precalculus homework.
Speaking of which, I should probably go do.
Stay strong! It’s almost summer (oh yeah)!