Homeschooling the high school years can be an incredible blessing. You'll find the secondary years offer an amazing opportunity to build into the life of your teenager.

We can help you access the many resources available to help homeschooling parents provide a solid high school program.

Because neither the State of Iowa nor resident public school districts certify homeschool diplomas or transcripts, they don't mandate requirements for them either.

You, as the homeschooling parent a secondary student, will:

  • set your own graduation requirements,
  • create your own transcript, and
  • certify your own homeschool high school diploma.

Does this sound scary? Impossible?

It's not! Let us help!

Sample 4-Year Plans for Homeschooling High School

Here are two sample 4-year plans for high school to assist you in this process.
Note: These are suggestions only, not requirements. 

Homeschool Iowa members may access our Homeschool Iowa Resource Guide within in the Member Portal to find suggestions and sources for secondary curricula and teaching materials.

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Supplemental Homeschool High School Options
Additional Notes on Senior Year Plus
Creating a Homeschool High School Transcript


The very thought of producing a transcript can strike fear into homeschooling parents' hearts.

We’re here to help! The process takes a bit of effort, but it’s not impossible. Your end goal should be to present an accurate representation of what your high school student has accomplished.

Read our blog post on High School Transcripts here.

Homeschool Iowa Transcript Template

Homeschool Iowa has created two high school transcript template forms, one organized by school years and the other organized by subject. These fillable (type-in) transcript template forms – along with samples to show you to fill them out – are available on our member portal page. We've also included a link to a free GPA calculator on our website member portal page. Not a member?

ACT, SAT, & other tests for homeschooled high school students
End-of-high-school tests

Several standardized tests are associated with the culmination of the secondary school years.


If you are homeschooling a student in high school, you'll want to find out more about the purposes of these exams and whether or not your child needs to take them.

Learn more about these tests here.

Graduation & Diplomas

While participation in a graduation ceremony and awarding a print diploma are not requirements, these optional rites can celebrate the culmination of the homeschool years. Homeschool Iowa sponsors a statewide graduation service every May, which is open to all Homeschool Iowa member families with graduating seniors.

Parents wanting to purchase a diploma for a homeschool graduate may find one at either of these two sources:

Thinking About College After High School?

Planning for college can seem a bit overwhelming.

It doesn't have to be.

You'll find lots of helpful information in the Iowa College Aid guide called Your Course to College.

Included is:

  • a 4-year checklist
  • recommended courses
  • help in deciding between ACT or SAT testing
  • college and degree lists
  • guidance for selecting a college
  • tips on visits and admissions
  • advice on funding college
  • help for filing the FAFSA
  • and much more. 

Download a free copy of this resource by clicking on the cover image. 

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