Here is one example of how we plan to homeschool middle school and high school. A few months ago I saw a class I thought the girls might be interested in at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. It was Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making for kids in grades 8+. Grace was interested and signed up along with two of her friends. This class was an intensive class, meeting for 5 days from 1:30 to 5:00. This is a 17.5 hour class, which I rounded up to 18 hours. Some homeschoolers count travel time. Generally I do not. I use the car time to pad our book list with all the audiobooks we listen to in our travels. I am careful not to double dip on our time. That would not be fair.
Here are the requirements for Danbury, not the town I live in. I use this simply because they summarized the information in a very succinct way. Google graduation requirements and see how many convoluted explanations you receive. I spent 15 minutes totaling up the credit hours on the State of Connecticut’s pdf for graduation requirements as of 2020 and I could not make them total 25.
Credit total 21
Four (4) credits English
Three (3) credits Science (must include Biology and Chemistry)
Three (3) credits math (must include Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II or statistics. We are working on algebra I with Teaching Textbooks now).
Three and a half (3.5) credits Social Studies (World Studies, Modern World Studies, US History, Civics (We will begin Ancient History in two weeks).
One (1) credit Physical Education (This will be met this year with Horseback Riding. Per Lee Binz, participation in a sport constitutes one credit).
One half (.5) credit Health
One (1) credit Business, Consumer Science, Technology
One (1) credit World Language (I am counting ASL I as pre-high school credit and ASL II as 9th grade credit meeting this credit requirement. Should Grace narrow down a school that requires a romance language, she will have time to fulfill this towards the end of her high school experience)
One (1) credit Art, Music, Communication (Will be met with piano instruction. Additional credit will be met in Fine Arts, which could be used as an elective.)
Three (3) credits of Electives
*I consider a credit hour 120 hours worth of grade level work.
Grace’s summer art class was grade level and it filled 18 hours towards her 120 hours that must be completed over 4 years. We tagged a family field trip to Sculture Grounds in Old Lyme (not including travel time) and that added another hour. She is well on her way to completing 1/4 of her fine art credit before our first official day of "school".