High School Curriculum

Choosing high school curriculum can be a daunting task. We have compiled this list of high school curriculum to help you in making these choices.

NCHE’s Thrive! Conference Vendor Hall

NCHE’s Annual Thrive! Conference Vendor Hall is an invaluable source of information and curricula. Held Memorial Day weekend each year, this event brings together workshops by local and national homeschool leaders, nationally known keynote speakers and over 100 vendors from all over the nation with a wide array of curricula and supplies.

Complete Curricula

Many of these companies offer several services, including a program in which the student may enroll and the option of purchasing books without enrolling.

Abekahttp://www.abeka.com/  By providing a traditional approach to education, Abeka assists parents in training their children in knowledge, character and traditional subject matter. Preschool through high school.

Alpha Omegahttp://www.aop.com/  Christian curriculum for students in preschool through 12th grade. With print-based, computer-based and online formats, their Bible-based curriculum includes Monarch, Ignitia, Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons and The Weaver Curriculum. They also offer an accredited online education through Alpha Omega Academy.

Bob Jones – http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home  BJU Press publishes Christian homeschool curriculum and distance learning options for K-12.

Christian Libertyhttp://www.shopchristianliberty.com/ Christian Liberty has individual subjects and curriculum kits. Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS) is available for those who are interested in a full service home education curriculum. CLASS can provide an individualized curriculum for your children based on standardized testing and even issue report cards and transcripts when the work is submitted.

Clonlara – www.clonlara.org/  Non-profit international home based program serving all types of students, including gifted and those with learning disabilities, by providing individual advising for K-12 students and providing accredited high school diplomas upon graduation.

Cornerstonewww.cornerstonecurriculum.com/‎  Homeschooling unit study materials for building families upon a biblical worldview.

Covenant Homewww.covenanthome.com/‎ The Christian homeschool programs offered by Covenant Home Curriculum provide families with sound textual material on the classical approach to education. Full-service programs are offered for children from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade.

Konos www.konos.com  KONOS is a biblically-based unit studies curriculum; their high school program is centered around the history of the world. Subjects covered include history, English, composition, literature, Bible, drama/speech, civics, geography, studio art, art history, fine arts: music, art, architecture, dance/music, some Latin and study skills.

My Father’s Worldhttp://www.mfwbooks.com/  A complete curriculum which incorporates ideas from Charlotte Mason, classical education and unit studies with a biblical perspective.

Seton Home Studywww.setonhome.org/‎  Seton Home Study School is a full-service Catholic homeschool curriculum provider and book publisher.

School of Tomorrowhttp://www.aceministries.com/homeschool/  School of Tomorrow materials are designed for children to work independently. No lesson preparation or presentation by the parent is necessary. Children work through individual worktexts, called PACEs (12 per course, per year, although the rate can be varied to suit each child).

Sonlighthttp://www.sonlight.com/  Sonlight offers a complete, eclectic, literature-based program integrated around historical themes for preschool through high school.

History and Civics

Diana Waring’s Historyhttp://www.dianawaring.com/ This curriculum is designed to guide students through a study of world history from a biblical perspective. It does this by providing numerous learning opportunities which include: reading, discussing, researching, music, art, architecture, science projects, cooking, journalism, drama, mapping, graphic design, vocabulary and more.

The Christian Citizenship Training Coursehttp://christiancitizenshiptraining.org/  This course begins with the Cultural Mandate given to humankind. It looks at the chief building blocks of a flourishing society – self government, family, faith, and civil government. God has purposes for each of these realms. We follow God’s work through history and then look at the Christian heritage of the US, the biblical ideas of government preached for 100 years before the Revolutionary War, and of the Declaration and Constitution and how they work together. This course is built around short format videos of 2 to 8 minutes for a total of 2 hrs and 45 min of video training. Minimal parental oversite is needed.

Hippocampus http://www.hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/  HippoCampus is a collection of online presentations and activities on math, science, history and other academic subjects. Secular.

Notgrass Company http://www.notgrass.com/notgrass/  American history, world history, government and economics courses from a biblical perspective. These are unit studies that will provide a credit each in history, English and Bible when completed.

Tapestry of Grace http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/index.php  This curriculum provides a plan of study for a Christian, classical education using a guided unit study approach, with the history of the world as the core organizational theme. Subjects covered include history, writing, literature, geography, fine arts, church history, philosophy and government.

TruthQuesthttp://www.truthquesthistory.com/  This Christian curriculum is a literature-based history study. The main TruthQuest History series (Level II) includes eight guides which begin with creation/ancient history and fully cover European and American history to just after the year 2000, are designed for Grades 5-12. TruthQuest History guides have four parts:
* Commentary that introduces every topic
* Individual reading lists organized by grade level for each topic
* ThinkWrite exercises to help students explain key truths
* An appendix that has sample answers to the ThinkWrite exercises, a list of cited resources, and a very large list of books.

Science

Apologiahttp://www.apologia.com/index.asp?proc=pg&pg=1  Apologia Science publishes creation-based science textbooks whose goal is to inspire an appreciation for science and a passion for learning. Their books are academically rigorous, college preparatory books written in an easy-to-understand, conversational tone directly to the student. They include physical science, biology, chemistry and physics with additional advanced courses.

Berean Buildershttps://bereanbuilders.com/ecomm/welcome/ Berean Builders is Dr. Jay Wile’s k-12 science written specifically for the homeschool to give rigorous college preparatory instruction regardless of the education or background of the parent.

Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, 11th edition

Friendly Chemistry – http://www.friendlychemistry.com/  A chemistry course in everyday language with experiments using kitchen equipment;  full of learning games for the co-op situation.  Some serious chemistry, but not quite rigorous enough for the student going on to major in chemistry.

Queen Homeschool Supplies https://www.queenshomeschooling.com/  This Charlotte Mason style science program called “Discovering Nature” offers students a unique approach to science through nature study, research and engaging stories.

Science Shepherdwww.scienceshepherd.com/  The courses currently available include Life Science (for 7th-9th grade) and Biology (for 10th-12th grade). Both courses are written to the student from a Christian perspective and are intended to be very user-friendly for parents without a science background. They are academically strong with straightforward text that covers challenging concepts in an appealing way.

Singapore Sciencehttp://www.singaporemath.com/default.asp  Chemistry and Physics Matters New Edition for grades 9 and 10 will be available in early June 2013 and Biology in July 2013.


Mathematics

ALEKS www.aleks.com/ ALEKS is a research-based, online program that offers course products for mathematics, business, science, and behavioral science. Using personalized learning and adaptive assessments, ALEKS quickly and accurately determines exactly what a student is most ready to learn.  Courses range from pre-algebra to college statistics.

Chalkdust http://www.chalkdust.com/index/html  Video instruction from Chalkdust covers mathematics courses from pre-algebra to calculus.

Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs and Geometry by Harold Jacobs  Suitable for either classroom use or self-paced study, Jacobs’s popular texts combine real-life examples, carefully structured exercises and humor to help students learn and remember.

Life of Fred http://lifeoffredmath.com/  These are truly unique math texts. Each book is written in the style of a novel with a humorous story line. Each section tells part of the life of Fred Gauss and how, in the course of his life, he encounters the need for the math and then learns the methods including many solved examples and proofs. Subjects include algebra 1 and 2, geometry and trigonometry and also college level classes including statistics, linear algebra and calculus.

Math-U-Seehttp://www.mathusee.com  Pre-algebra through calculus for high school students. Math-U-See integrates text, DVD, and manipulatives to teach all basic concepts in each of these courses.

Teaching Textbookswww.teachingtextbooks.com/ This is a full-year math curriculum that includes a consumable workbook, an answer booklet and four CDs with step-by-step audiovisual instruction—plus a digital gradebook that instantly grades answers and calculates scores for each assignment. Subjects include pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2, geometry and pre-calculus.

University of Chicago School Mathematics Project http://ucsmp.uchicago.edu/  The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) 6–12 Curriculum is a series of yearlong courses—(1) Transition Mathematics; (2) Algebra; (3) Geometry; (4) Advanced Algebra; (5) Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry; and (6) Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics—emphasizing problem solving, real-world applications and the use of technology.

VideoText Algebra videotext.com/ The VideoText Algebra course consists of six modules (A through F) covering pre-algebra, algebra I and algebra II. The Geometry: A complete Course also includes geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus.

English

Beautiful Feet Books http://bfbooks.com/  These guides are a literature-based approach to history to cover both English and history in one curriculum.

The Center for Learninghttp://www.centerforlearning.org/ Online lessons in a variety of English and social studies topics.

Educational Portal – http://education-portal.com/  Educational Portal is an exclusively-online provider of free university classes. They are taught by video, with accompanying transcripts and quizzes that students can take on their own throughout the course.  The goal of every Education Portal class is to prepare students for a corresponding College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam.

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/ IEW gives you tools to help you teach not just what to write but how to write with courses on writing essays and literature courses that include literary analysis.

James Stobaugh Bookshttps://www.forsuchatimeasthis.com/ language-arts-curriculum This is a whole-book, essay-based curriculum and is challenging. Dr. Stobaugh challenges students to thoroughly explore, to examine closely, and to analyze critically classic literature while leading them to acquire strong writing and speaking skills. The program includes a well-balanced combination of daily practice and longer-term essay projects. Courses include American, British and world literature, plus rhetoric and literary analysis.

Learn to Write the Novel Wayhttp://www.konos.org/novelway.cfm  (grades 5-12) Affordable, complete writing program for one year, includes all writing skills resulting in a published novel for the student’s portfolio. Provides compelling motivation with a topic the student chooses and loves.

Notgrass Companyhttp://www.notgrass.com/notgrass/  Each course in this Christian curriculum combines history, English and Bible. High school courses include world and American history, economics and government.

One Year Adventure Novelhttp://oneyearnovel.com/index.html  The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum guides students (grades 8-12) through the process of writing a structured, compelling adventure novel over the course of one school year.  Included in the curriculum are a textbook, workbook, teacher guide and seven DVDs.

Sonlighthttp://www.sonlight.com/  Sonlight offers a complete, eclectic, literature-based program integrated around historical themes for preschool through high school.

The Writer’s Junglehttp://www.bravewriter.com/program/home-study-courses/the-writers-jungle/  The Writer’s Jungle is much more than daily lesson plans or writing ideas. It takes you inside the writer’s world. The first nine chapters explain the necessary steps to brave writing, such as, how to read quality literature and discover the principles that make it work, what writer’s voice is and how to cultivate your child’s writing voice, freewriting and the power of unlocking a child’s mind life, your role in the revision and editing process, what to do about writer’s block (especially in resistant writers), how to keenly observe not only physical detail but ideas as well and more.