This is the time of year when things are getting down to crunch time if you have a senior in high school. I had a senior last year (and a junior this year), and I can tell you it can be pretty stressful! Here are some tips to remember if you have a high school senior or a student getting close to their senior year:
- Get information about any college that your child might be interested in – including the entrance requirements. Colleges will have most, if not all, of the information you need listed on their website. You can get information, set up tours, and learn a lot about the school before making your decision.
- Make sure that your child has taken the ACT and/or SAT in order to meet entrance requirements.
- Have an official transcript that records information about their entire high school career.
- Make sure you fill out the FAFSA form as close to January 1st of their senior year as possible.
- Make sure you meet all graduation requirements for your state and for the college of choice. (If there’s something you’re not sure about, HSLDA is a great resource. I’ve been a member for many years and have appreciated all of their help!)
- If you plan to have a graduation ceremony, make sure you have a venue booked with plenty of time before the event.
- Order necessary supplies for the event – cap and gown, invitations, diploma (and cover), and class souvenirs (rings, t-shirts, hoodies, etc…)
- Maybe even create and order a yearbook!
Homeschooling a high school student can seem overwhelming at times – especially a senior – but you will make it through! I promise! Take a few deep breaths, make a list of things to do, and start checking them off one by one.