- State requirements ~ Here in North Carolina there are very few rules about high school. There is, however, suggestions of how many times to take English, History, Math, and Science.
- My son's interests and career goals ~ I am lucky that my son knew early on that he was interested in making a career at the local nature center, which is the only one available in a large region of our state and substitutes for a zoo which we don't have in our area. This gave us a better idea about science and internship requirements.
- My son's severe learning differences ~ Because of my son's learning differences, I knew that he would need a lot of hands-on lessons and basic math for life skills more than anything else. Plus, we would need to lean heavily on life experiences for him to learn the most.
- My son was not college bound ~ When we started high school, my son was very sure he did not want to go to college. Thus, we decided to follow our local high school's transcript requirements. This is not to say we did "school in a box" at home, but we decided to do 28 credits, name our courses with similar/same names as the local high school, and give each course 100 hours. In this way, his transcript will look very similar to our local high school and will be accepted more easily by the city government. The city government runs the nature center, so he must be hired as a government employee to work there.
So here are his subjects ~
- English I ~ Grammar, spelling, basic writing skills
- Applied Math ~ Basic math skills
- Physical Education
- Home Economics
- U.S. History I
- Earth Science
- English II ~ Literature and Film
- Consumer Math
- Internship year I at the nature center
- U.S. History II
- Art I
- Life Management
- English III ~ British and U.S. Literature
- Creative Writing
- World History
- Art II
- Current Affairs
- Internship year II
- English IV ~ World Literature
- Work Skills
- World Religion
- Community Service
- U.S. Government
- Chemistry/Physics ~ 1 semester each
- Algebra I
I hope this answered some of your questions.