Tips For The Senior Years

Most likely, your high school SENIORS intend on having the best two years possible! After all, they’ve waited 10 years to finally call themselves homeschool seniors which means graduation is just around the corner! Below are some tips for having the best possible Grade 11 & 12 years as a homeschooled senior with Euka.

Plan Ahead

It is a good idea to think about the senior years, before you get there. Ensuring you have your next steps mapped out will take all the anxiety out of the mix.

Where To Start?

The big question is, do you want to go to university? If so, our university partnerships will be a huge advantage. If you are wanting to move into the workforce, an apprenticeship or traineeship, we also have you covered. Regardless which road you intend to follow, put your name on the waiting list for a position in the Euka Senior programs.

As you may know, Euka offers two versions of the Grade 11 and 12 program. The first is designed especially for students who plan to move off into the workforce afterwards. This non-assessed program is run just like all the Euka programs and you will cover the same subjects (19 subjects to choose from) and topics as the Assessed version. The UPC (University Preparation Course) is designed for students planning to go to university. In this course the Euka teachers mark the assessments and provide feedback.

Email the team to put your name on the waiting list to be guaranteed a place in either program.

Relax and Enjoy Yourself

Yes, we did say relax! The Homeschool senior years will be a little different. Students will take control of their learning and be far more independent than ever before. The opportunity to drop subjects they are not keen on and spend their time only on subjects they enjoy, is a huge bonus. As a parent allowing them to manage their time and come to you only when needed is a new and exciting time of their learning. We find our Grade 11 & 12 students are well prepared to thrive in the independent study arena of university or to thrive by being self-disciplined in the work force.

Unlike mainstream school, Euka does not have final exams to study for. Instead, we ask students to complete assessments across the year to demonstrate their understanding of the content. This also means that students can do very well and still enjoy part-time work, sporting activities, volunteering and a social life.

Giving them a lighter load in their senior years can help them transition to the “real world” a bit better.

They have more time for work, managing their own schedule, and actually having some fun instead of being extremely stressed and suffering from senioritis.

Homeschool Senior Years – How to Prepare as a parent.

You will have more time on your hands than you are used to. Don’t misunderstand – there is still plenty to do, but stepping back in the senior years naturally allows parents to have more time.

Tip 1: Date Your Spouse & Develop your Friendships

Being intentional about spending time together – time that doesn’t involve your children is a great idea. No doubt you love your children to pieces, but it is fun looking forward to the next phase of life as well! If you are a single parent, take some time to spend more time with friends. Develop and cultivate friendships that will open the world ahead of you.

Tip 2: Cultivate your next steps

Reading, gardening, photography, upcycling furniture, start a new business, joining a volunteer group, small business networks, the list is endless. Fun!

Tip 3: Find friends OUTSIDE of Homeschool

This one is hard to do, but it’s so valuable. If you have been homeschooling for years, the groups you have been part of have revolved around the activities and learning being done by the kids. Now is the time to join clubs, organisations, and groups that give you opportunity to grow into your next steps. It gives you a peek at life outside of homeschool!

Yes, it’s cliche, but it is so true. It all goes by in the blink of an eye.

It may seem like just yesterday that you abandoned the idea of mainstream school in favour of homeschooling.

Here you are, approaching the end of the road, and no doubt you will say it has been the most tricky, joyful, rewarding journey you have ever been on.

You’ve come so far. There are so many vital parts of the growing up years that you have been privileged to play a vital role in. Now is the time to relax and celebrate the opportunity you have given your child.