One of the most important courses to pay attention to in high school is foreign language. Colleges like to see two or three years of a single language, so if your student doesn’t start in their Freshman year, they’ll need to start in their Sophomore year. Don’t wait until Junior year to begin!
It’s also very important to plan some rigorous classes. That doesn’t mean that in Freshman year your student must do calculus. It means that you try to keep your child challenged. Make sure to give them classes that aren’t easy. That doesn’t mean they should be overwhelming, just not all easy. Keep it rigorous and keep them challenged. Plan your courses, so you’ll know exactly what courses you’ll cover over the four years of high school
Early high school is the time to think about taking the PSAT for practice. Sophomore year is a good time to take the PSAT just for fun. It doesn’t count for National Merit Scholarship (that’s Junior year), it’s just for practice. The PSAT is only offered during October, so register for the test by September. It’s easy to register, just call your local public or private high school, and tell them you’d like to know if you can register your child to take the PSAT at their school.
If, for some reason, the school says no, call the next closest high school. Most of them are very welcoming. The College Board is the company that oversees the PSAT, and they encourage public schools to provide the tests to homeschooled children.
Make sure as you begin high school that you’re keeping good records. Keep a good reading list and make sure that you get your transcript done each year. Sometimes you might be asked to provide a transcript when you least expect it. For instance, when your child starts driving, and you want to get the Good Student Discount, the insurance company will probably ask for a transcript. This can save you hundreds of dollars, so make sure you have it ready.