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If you’re just beginning to homeschool or exploring new curriculum options, the huge market of materials and terminology may seem overwhelming. Browse “The Pros and Cons of Different Course Options” for guidance on courses to offer and teaching options to consider. Click here for a concise explanation of the basic types of homeschool instruction and a helpful overview of evaluating and choosing curriculum.

There are often two responses to any list of resources: some readers feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options; others feel cheated that the list did not include every available option. We've tried to hit a happy medium with this list. It's not intended to be comprehensive, nor a "creme de la creme" elite ranking system. It's simply a concise start to your search for the right curriculum; and, of course, we encourage you to carefully evaluate any educational resources before allowing your children access to them.

After determining what courses are required in your state and any additional courses you and your student think he should take, you're ready to start selecting curriculum. Some people find it helpful to check out an overview of curriculum and course options.

Most people purchase a year's curriculum at a time, but some prefer to buy everything at once. If finances are tight, there are several ways you can tap into the used curriculum market. Invite your student to join you in investigating the educational opportunities below, and enjoy the journey together!

Need help choosing a high school curriculum?

If you are a member of HSLDA you can talk to your high school coordinator. You can use the Contact Your Staff section of the members website or call (540) 338-5600. Not a member? Why not join today and here are some reasons why.

Complete Curriculums

These publishers offer a complete package of curriculum from grades K-12 covering most or all of the subjects necessary for high school. Curriculum usually includes student books, teacher's guides, workbooks, and even tests and quizzes. Check out the publishers' websites for catalogs and online ordering.

Correspondence Schools

Correspondence schools offer a variety of courses for high school students. It's possible to take all of your courses at home, and the correspondence school will provide testing, grading, record keeping, and usually a teacher/consultant should you have any questions. Most correspondence schools will also provide transcripts as well as diplomas.

Online Course Providers

There is a wide variety of online courses now available to homeschool students. These courses may be chosen “a la carte”—you pick and choose which classes you would like your child to take. The instructor spells out the requirements for the class, the method of evaluation, and the cost. Some online courses are more interactive than others—if interactivity is important to you, be sure to check this out before you sign up for a class. The University of Nebraska’s booklet, “Characteristics of Successful Online Students,” is a useful resource for parents and students that highlights the skills necessary to do well in online courses.

Online High School Courses

Online College Courses (Dual Enrollment/Distance Learning)

Advanced Placement Courses Online

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are rigorous courses taken in high school but taught on a college level. The following resources will give you more information about AP® courses and tests to help you decide if this opportunity is right for your teen:

In order for homeschoolers to label courses as “Advanced Placement” on their high school transcripts, the course syllabus must be preapproved by the College Board's AP Central. (Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks and to use them without approval is illegal.) Besides studying the course material, students also prepare to take an Advanced Placement test administered through the College Board. If students score well enough on the AP test, they can earn college credit for the course. Individual colleges set their own policies regarding which AP tests they recognize and what score must be attained to receive credit. For more information see Testing.

HSLDA offers AP® courses through HSLDA Online Academy.

The following individuals/organizations offer AP® courses online to homeschoolers:

Individual Subject Curriculum

This list by no means covers all of the quality curriculum available, but it provides a starting point from which to investigate resources for high school courses. We add to our curriculum resource list regularly, so be sure to keep checking back. As you develop your teen’s high school plan, you will consider both core academic courses as well as elective courses.

Planning Resources:

Subject Index:






Business Courses

Church History


Computer Skills

Computer Science

Constitutional Law

Current Events


Driver’s Education



Fine Arts

Foreign Language

For guidance on resources to teach a foreign language: High School Foreign Language Study: Just the Facts, S’il Vous Plaît





Home Economics

Home Maintenance & Repair

Industrial Arts

Language Arts

As you develop your high school English courses, these helpful articles provide information and resources to equip parents to cover the basics.

Reading Lists: Some of the books and short stories on these lists are not suitable for every teenager, so we recommend that parents exercise discernment.