Electives for High School

Electives can be whatever you have the time and resources for. As homeschoolers, we have the freedom and time to “credit” our lives! There are several ways to count credits; with a log- 60 hours =1/2 Carnegie Unit (which is 1/2 High School credit); by finishing a typical High School text (Apologia’s High School Marine Biology = 1 credit, not including Lab); by doing a compilation of things; like counting a Spine (like the “Joy of Cooking”) along with hours in “Lab” preparing, in conjunction with presentation that would add up to 1/2 or full credit in Cooking/Home Ec, etc.

Here’s our list of Electives A-Z that we’ve done over the past quarter century of homeschooling:

Awanas; Apologetics; Animal Care (we have had Guinea Pigs, Fish, Goats, Sheep and a Horse); Art
Boy Scouts; Ballroom Dancing; Blogging; Baking. Brick-laying; Building furniture
Challenge, Church History, Child-development, Church Camp; Chorale; Cooking; Clay Crafts; Campaigning
Drama, Debate; Dry-walling; Duct-tape art
Event Planning; Etiquette
First Form Latin; felting; Farm Helper; Flower Gardening
Girl Scouts; Grouting; German
Horseback Riding; Houseplants; Health & Nutrition; History, history and more history
Instagram; Internships
Journalism
Knitting; Karate; Keyboarding
Labs- Chem, Bio, Adv. Bio, Latin National Exam; Landscaping; Lego League; Leadership Institute Workshop
Myths and Legends Lit class; Marine Biology; Musicals; Mission Trips
NASA/NOAA Web-site watching, Novel Writing (check-out NaNoWriMo)
Operation Christmas Child
Piano; Poetry Outloud; Public Speaking; Pottery
Quilting, Quiz Bowls
Riflery;
Spinning, Soccer, Shakespeare; Singing; Straw-bale gardening
TeenPact; Traveling; Test Prep
Unicycling; Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball; Violin; Voice Lesson;Vegetable Gardening
Web-Design; Woodworking; WWI and WWII studies
Xerxes acumen (Yeah, I could not find a good “X” word, but my kids have done extension Ancient History studies).
Yoga; Youth Group
Zoology

For even more inspiration!

BJ’s list of High School Electives

High School Electives– includes a list of several other bloggers writing on high school electives!

HSLDA’s list of Extreme electives

High School Electives for Tech Savvy Teens

10 Fun Electives from Weird Unsocialized Unschoolers

14 Fun (and maybe frugal) Homeschool HighSchool Electives

5 Must Include Electives Types of Electives for your Homeschool High School

Planning High School Ellectives for your Homeschool; including info on creditsCertificate programs and more Certificate Programs

Khan Academy -Free, on-line courses several of which would be great high school electives.

For Service projects; check out DoSomething.org

Don’t forget about Dual Enrollment and CLEP possibilities.

You might also be interested in True North Homescool Academy Clubs

Lisa Nehring is a find cool things to do kind of Mom, which has allowed her kids to do all sorts of wild and amazing electives.

Spring Semester Classes & Clubs: Civics: Constitutional Studies, STOA Forensics and Speech, Creating Priorities for Students & Parents! Dismiss

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