ACADEMIC ADVISING

You CAN homeschool and we can help.

When we first started the the homeschooling journey, we were right where you are, with limited information and/or information overload, plus well-meaning advice that often left us feeling discouraged. We have all also struggled with the fear of “messing up” our children and ruin their futures.  All of that changed once we sat down with a veteran home school mom and mentor.  That’s where WE CAN HELP you.  

Academic Advising Appointments 

As veteran home school moms and Directors of the Home Education Enrichment Day, we are here to help! ​For the past 16 years our primary goal has been to empower and equip over 1,000 families to educate their children at home. With combined experience of over 70 years, we meet with families to answer their questions about scope and sequence, curriculum, grades, transcripts, testing, college applications, NCAA requirements, Bright Futures, scholarships and more. 

 

HEED Director, Sue Puchferran, is available for individual academic counseling appointments. 

At a 60-75 minute appointment, you will complete an individualized scope and sequence for your

student as well as get all of your high school and college questions answered. 

Initial Academic Appointment for non-HEED student (60-75 minutes) $150.00  

Initial Academic Appointment for a HEED student (60-75 minutes) $125.00 

Annual Follow up Appointments $100.00/student

 

Our HEED Family “Support Package”   includes an initial 60-90 minute advising appointment in grade 8 or 9 and 2-3 additional meetings to update your personalized scope and sequence plan throughout high school.

Our HEED Family “Expanded Support Package”  includes our Support Package as well as an annual transcript for the high school years, with a final high school transcript.

 

To order the Home School, High School Handbook,

Completing the Journeyby Sue Puchferran click here

Price: $25.00 donation to HEF* + $5.00 shipping

Sue has completed home schooling four of her own children

who now enjoy careers as medical doctor, lawyer, nurse and CPA 

*HEF is the Home Education Foundation, a home schoolers

voice at the capitol. Florida lobbyist, Brenda Dickinson.

 

 

Academic Advising FAQ

 

Our homeschool, high school handbook, Completing the Journey will answer many of your questions.

Below is a sample of some that are frequently asked.

 

What classes do you offer for elementary ages?

For ages 5-12 our Adventure Day is set up to give students the experience of learning in a fun, exciting, hands-on environment. Our Adventures expand on what taught at home through Living books and multimedia resources. The latest brain science shows that real learning happens through experience, context and excitement.  We don’t use grades in Adventures, instead we encourage families to work through different levels until their student is ready for middle school.  Every family is encouraged to work through their own math and language Arts program at home, along with the weekly activities done at Adventures. This allows young students to learn at their own level and pace. See the Adventure page for more information.

How do I know my middle schooler is taking the right classes?

Our priority in middle school is to make sure students are first grounded in their foundations in Math and English. A solid foundation in these subjects is crucial for students to succeed in high school and beyond. In addition, for middle schoolers, we offer fun, interactive science and social science classes along with an art or critical thinking (grade 8) elective. This fun day of middle school learning with friends at HEED leads to solid foundations in Math and English, and more importantly, a love for learning and an opportunity to establish great friendships.

 

Can my student take high school classes in 8th grade?

Home schooled students can take high school classes prior to grade 9.  At HEED (high school and online) we offer our high school science and Math classes to 8th graders.  

 

What classes does my student need for high school?

​In Florida, there are no state requirements for high school graduation. However, to best be able to compete for college admittance, we believe students should take credits similar to the public schools or the best private schools (21-28 credits)

 

What counts as a credit for high school?

A high school credit is decided upon by the particular curriculum being used by a student.  If you use a high school book; it is a high school credit.  If you use a middle school textbook; it is not a high school credit.  Classes that do not use a textbook, self-directed classes can also count as a high school credit for a high school student. 130 hours of study or activity = 1 credit.

 

Where do I get a diploma or a transcript?

It differs by state, in Florida a parent oversees their student’s transcript by creating that document or having it created for them. (Our support program will do that). Diplomas are distributed by either parents or support groups. These can be purchased online.

Do classes need to be accredited? 

Classes do not need to be accredited in the state of Florida and many other states. Your legal document of graduation is a notarized “statement of completion.”  We recommend families attach this short statement to their transcript to make that their legal document.  This information is included in the high school handbook, "Completing the Journey” available from HEED.

How can students earn college credits in high school?

High School students can earn college credit by passing a test in that subject (CLEP test, AP test).  Necessary test preparation usually proceeds taking those tests including completing an AP level coursework. Most of our HEED Students complete the 24 dual enrollment courses we offer and also enroll in 8-21 additional credit at the local Florida state college or university.

When can my child earn dual enrollment credits?

Our Dual enrollment courses taught through Palm Beach Atlantic University allow students in grades 11 and 12 to dual enroll and earn 24 credits. Students can enroll in local colleges even younger.

What do colleges require from home schoolers?

Many colleges focus on homeschoolers' SAT or ACT scores since they do not have official GPA’s or class rankings. A transcript of successful college dual enrollment credits is also a great benefit.

Can my child play NCAA sports?

Yes, we have numerous home schoolers who have gone on to play Division 1 sports.  Some additional paperwork and record keeping is required.

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