Parents are often a little hesitant to home educate during the high school years. Many feel challenged to handle the "tougher" subjects at this level or are worried that their children will miss traditional high school experiences. Just like the elementary years, there is no need to go it alone. There are a bunch of resources - many of which we list here - and the homeschool community is very generous with sharing experiences and connections.


Success After Homeschool

It is a common apprehension that homeschool graduates will be at a disadvantage when applying to college. In fact, many top colleges are receptive to home educated students and have friendly application processes. Here are several articles regarding how universities are open to home educated students. When applying to any college, check with their admissions office for specific requirements.

Business Insider: There's a New Path to Harvard and It's Not in a Classroom

HuffPost: Homeschooled Students Well-Prepared for College, Study Finds

Intellectual Takeout: Colleges are Eagerly Accepting Homeschooled Kids

NBC News: Colleges Welcome Growing Numbers of Homeschooled Students

Stanford Alumni: In a Class by Themselves


NH Equal Access

Local School District

Per NH statute RSA 193:1-c, home educated students may participate in curricular and cocurricular activities offered at their local public schools such as academic classes, AP courses, sports, music, theater, dances, volunteer activities, and statewide testing. The districts’ policies must not be more restrictive for homeschoolers than it is for the general student population. In other words, if public school students must maintain a particular GPA, provide a health certificate, or sign an honor code, home educated students must meet the same requirements. Homeschoolers may need to take placement exams or provide other evidence for appropriate class enrollment. Note that if homeschoolers enroll in curricular or co-curricular programs at their local high schools, they will be assigned a Unique Pupil Identifier in the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). It is an interconnected student database that may be shared with third-party organizations.

Online Charter School

NH residents under age 21 who are not yet high school graduates may enroll in the state's only online charter school, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). They offer part and full-time enrollment for students in grades 6 through 12th. Enrollment is not limited to the traditional school year. They do not charge tuition and have nondiscrimination admission policies. Note that fulltime enrollment is not homeschooling because VLACS is part of the state's public school system. See their website for information about classes and registration details.

Career and Technical Education

As part of New Hampshire's public education system, homeschooling students are also eligible to participate in Career and Technical Education (CTE).  The same Equal Access statute, RSA 193:1-c, applies. To enroll, home educated students must apply through their local high school's guidance office. Parents should also contact the affiliated CTE office as enrollment is coordinated through both offices. There are CTE programs across the state. Many programs have prerequisites and enrollment limits so it is very important to initiate these conversations well in advance.


Co-Ops and Curriculum Providers

There are several homeschool groups and co-ops that can provide a portion or an entire high school curriculum. Below is a list of some of the various resources available;some offer full K-12 programs while some are focused on high-school only. This is not an endorsement or recommendation and they are listed only as a service to the homeschool community. Additional enrichment classes and programs are listed here

A Beka Homeschool

BJU Press Homeschool

Bridge Homeschool Group

Classical Conversations

First Agape - Auburn NH

Gear Up Homeschoolers

Great Books Academy

Hampton Christian Homeschool Group

Lighthouse Homeschool Co-op

Mosaic Explore

New Horizons Homeschooling

North Atlantic Regional High School (NARHS)

Pembroke Homeschool Writing Club

Outschool

Seton Home Study School

Sonlight Curriculum

Voyagers Homeschool Coop

WeAre Home Educators


Online Course Providers

There are many online providers for high school level courses; only some are listed here. Note that fulltime enrollment in online programs is recognized as homeschooling. Some of these providers offer earlier grades in addition to high school level courses. More are listed at Studypool. This is not an endorsement or recommendation and they are listed only as a service to the homeschool community.

Alpha Omega Academy

Art of Problem Solving

BYU Independent Study

Calvert Education

Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University

Classical Learning Resource Center

George Washington University Online High School

Great Books Academy

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Keystone School

Laurel Springs School

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

MIT Open Courseware

Northstar Academy

Oak Meadow

The Potter's School

Stanford Online High School (OHS)

Sycamore Academy

University of Nebraska High School

Veritas Press

Well-Trained Mind Academy


Dual Credit

Students can earn college credit while in high school through dual enrollment programs. Project Running Start allows students to enroll in the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) at a reduced tuition cost. E-Start is a dual credit program for taking online classes through CCSNH. Southern NH University also offers a program called SNHU in the High School. It allows qualifying sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take college classes and can earn college credit that may transfer to other colleges. Other universities are friendly to home educated students, but check with them individually for their particular information.

Students can also participate in the Dual Admission Program. It takes advantage of one application process for enrollment at one of the seven NH community colleges and admission into the University System of NH all at once. Students earn associate degree credits at the community college and then transfer to one of the institutions in the University System of NH to complete a bachelor's degree. For more information consult the DualNH website.

The University of New Hampshire offers introductory college-level classes to motivated and academically strong high school juniors and seniors. The program is called Challenging Academically Talented Students (CATS) and is intended to supplement high school curriculum, not replace courses. For more information about the program and qualifications, refer to the UNH-CATS page.


College Entrance Exams

College Board is the non-profit organization that creates and administers many of the college admission exams including the PSAT, SAT, and the SAT subject exams. They are also responsible for the Advanced Placement (AP) curricula and tests as well as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam.

Homeschool students may participate in the PSAT exam, typically in mid October of their sophomore and junior years. The PSAT is often used for distinctions and scholarship qualifications including the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students may participate with their local high schools, but make these arrangement in spring of the previous school year so additional tests may be ordered. Fees may apply. Refer to the PSAT pages on College Board for additional information.

Most students take college entrance exams during the spring of their junior year to allow for any re-takes over the summer. Registration is through the organizations directly, not the local public schools, and students have options regarding locations and exam dates.

For exams through College Board, a student may request accommodations for an IEP or documented disability. The request must be filed and approved by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). The process takes at least seven weeks, so file all documentation early. See College Board's SSD pages for more information.

The ACT test has slightly different content than the SAT and is managed by a different organization. See their website for registration, fees, test dates, and practice exams. They also accept homeschoolers' requests for accommodations. See this page for the process.

Note that homeschoolers have a unique "school" code (by state) for these exams. If testing is arranged through the local schools, they may not provide the code so be sure to have that information when registering and taking the exam(s).

Test proctors are supposed to know the homeschool code, but it may be helpful to call the school in advance to alert them that a homeschooled student will be taking the exam so they are prepared.

Some colleges have additional requirements for home educated students such as additional recommendation letters and essays. It is important to check with each institution for their admissions requirements.

Alternatives

The two major college entrance tests - the ACT and SAT exams - are aligned with Common Core (aka College and Career Readiness Standards). For that reason, homeschoolers who do not follow those standards may wish to consider alternatives.

A new test was launched in June 2016 to provide an option to college-bound homeschoolers,  the Classical Learning Test (CLT). So far mostly small, private universities accept this exam, but the list is growing.

Students may forgo testing completely, called "test optional." More universities including top-named schools such as the University of Chicago, George Washington University, Bryant University, Columbia College, Brandeis University, Lewis & Clark College, and Roger Williams University allow students to skip the common entrance exams in favor of completing an additional essay question or two. If a student is considering this option, it is best to check directly with the institution’s admission office or website for details. For an updated and comprehensive list, refer to FairTest.org. Some universities are "test optional," meaning that applicants may forgo tests or submit alternatives if they meet certain criteria such as a minimum GPA or applying for a specific program. Policies vary greatly.


AP Classes and Exams

Homeschooled students may enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams through their local public schools or online providers. Some online classes require students to take exams through the public schools. If this is the case, be sure to make arrangements with the SAU or high school several months in advance. Additional fees may apply.

BYU Independent Study

Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University

HSLDA Online Academy

Indiana University High School

K12

Keystone National High School

PA Homeschoolers

The Potter's School

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School

Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS)


Graduation

If a home educated student completes the equivalent of 12th grade prior to turning 18 years old, parents must notify the state Department of Education with the following information:

  • name and address of student, date of birth
  • name and address of parents, daytime phone numbers
  • date the home education program completed
  • parent signature

Notification is not required if the student is 18 years old or more.

The state Department of Education has a sample self-certification form.

This will satisfy NH's compulsory attendance requirements. The state DOE’s mailing address is 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-3860. It is advisable to send it certified mail as it is the family's responsibility to maintain these records.

Federal law recognizes that NH home educated students can self-certify graduation to be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds.

Some colleges require a self-certification of graduation on file to finalize admission.


Transcripts

There is no one correct format for home ed transcripts, but essential elements should include the following: classes, dual enrollment courses, grades, grading scale, volunteer experiences, work-study programs, graduation or completion date, as well as the homeschool name, address, and phone number. If the student takes college entrance exams, be sure to have results sent directly to the colleges; scores will not be accepted from other sources. There are several helpful sources, some of which are listed below. Some private school Participating Agencies offer transcript services.

A2Z Homeschool Transcript Templates

Covenant College

The Home Scholar

Homeschool Tracker

HSLDA: Transcript Preparation

Oklahoma Homeschool

Donna Young: the Basic High School Transcript


Financial Aid

Federal law recognizes that NH home educated students may self-certify graduation to be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds. NH homeschool students meet the requirement of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) Sec. 484(d)(3), 34 CFR 668.32(e)(4) and the Federal Student Aid Handbook Volume 1, Chapter 1, page 6 in compliance with New Hampshire law, RSA 193-A.


Teen Support Groups

There are support groups specifically for teens. Some offer learning opportunities while others host dances, activities, and outings.

Home School Nerf Club, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cherylsark@gmail.com

Home Schooled Teens Together, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cherylsark@gmail.com

Mosiac Explore

teenSPARK


Youth Employment and Volunteering

See Concord Connections -- Summer Jobs & Volunteering for information regarding the Youth Employment Certificate for students under age 18.


Other Resources

The Home Scholar

HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School

Homeschooling for College Credit

MA, VT, NH, ME Homeschooling for College Credit

NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) - Concord, NH