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Diane Kummer

High School Consultant

Diane is a speaker, writer, radio host, and educational consultant with decades of personal and professional homeschooling experience.

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Why You Want Diane for Your Event

  • As a high school consultant for HSLDA, Diane provides practical guidance and encouragement for homeschooling families to help them succeed in the high school years.
  • Along with Mike Smith, she hosts HSLDA’s radio program and podcast, Homeschool Heartbeat.
  • Diane has taught high school math classes to homeschool students and led a homeschool group of over 200 families.
  • Diane and her husband homeschooled their two children K–12.
TRAVELS FROMWashington, D.C.
HONORARIUMBecause her workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Diane simply requests that all of her travel and related expenses be covered. In addition, she also requests a complimentary exhibit booth (if speaking at a state or regional homeschool conference). Diane’s speaking engagements are limited to all-day high school symposiums and large state/regional conferences.

Sessions by Diane Kummer

How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
If your teen’s post-high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process—from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Once a teen hits the high school years, a myriad of teaching options for providing high school courses becomes available: parent-taught classes, co-op classes, private tutors, community college courses, online courses, and correspondence schools. Each option is viable—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program was born out of a desire to help parents continue homeschooling through high school. The high school section on HSLDA’s website provides tons of valuable information for those who are just thinking about high school or who are already immersed in the high school years. This session gives you a crash course in navigating through the resources listed on the website saving you time, angst, and heart burn! BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen’s enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home—but you’ve got your doubts. Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a time line and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! (Please note that this session is an option only when Diane presents a full one-day high school symposium. The session topic is not available as a stand-alone session presented in other venues.) BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour


Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade using a variety of teaching options. Both of their children went on to college and are now well into their careers.

Diane joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association in 2005 to help develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program. As the HSLDA Consultant Program Administrator and one of HSLDA’s High School Consultants, Diane regularly speaks nationwide at homeschool conferences and presents high school symposiums, sharing from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! Her practical and encouraging high school seminars provide information that inspires parents to continue teaching their teens at home with confidence.

Diane enjoys writing articles (such as regular columns for HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine as well as articles for other publications), brochures on high school topics, and a monthly high school newsletter filled with helpful tips. She reviews new resources, provides personal consultation to HSLDA members, and co-hosts HSLDA’s Homeschool Heartbeat radio program.

Diane loves math and taught high school math classes for homeschooled students for many years. She also led a homeschool group of over 200 families, while coordinating classes and activities.

In her free time, Diane enjoys teaching ladies’ Bible studies and being involved in pro-life ministries. Having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management, she enjoyed a banking career prior to starting a family and beginning her homeschool adventure.

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