Homeschool curriculum plans for middle school through high school

In the last 4-5 months I have undertaken a huge task.  I’ve been planning out our schooling for the next three years and for my oldest I have gone all the way through high school.  Three years for him took him through 8th grade and as a result I found the need to plan the high school years so I could get a better picture of what to do for the last few years before high school.

My oldest currently has plans to be a scientist and he has strong language arts skills.  Because of this I am looking at a strong science, math, and language arts line-up for him.  My son is interested in biology as well as physics/astronomy related topics so we will attempt to cover both in detail.  This would probably be considered a rigorous line-up, but for this particular child these choices should be a good fit.

Math Sequence (mid-5th grade through 12th grade)

Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra  5th-6th
Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra 6th-7th
Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Counting and Probability 7th
Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Number Theory 7th (if time)
Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Geometry 8th
Art of Problem Solving Intermediate Algebra 9th
Art of Problem Solving Precalculus 10th
Art of Problem Solving Calculus 11th
Art of Problem Solving Intermediate Counting and Probability 12th
Art of Problem Solving Intermediate Number Theory 12th

Science Sequence (6th grade through 12th grade)

Miller Levine Biology 6th
CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science 4th-6th
Tarbuck Earth Science 7th
Hewitt Conceptual Physics 7th
Tro Chemistry 8th
Living in the Environment by Miller 9th
Zoology by Miller 9th
Chemistry the Central Science by Brown 10th
Biology by Campbell 11th
The Cosmos by Pasachoff 11th
Physics C – Resnick, Halliday, and Krane Vol 1 and 2 12th

History and Geography

Human Odyssey series 6th-8th
People’s History of the United States 7th
People’s History of Poverty in America 8th
American History The Unfinished Nation 9th
A People’s History of the American Revolution 9th
A People’s History of the Civil War 9th
Defining Canada History Identity and Culture 10th
Government (1/2 American/ 1/2 Canadian – no texts picked) 10th
European History A History of the Modern World by Palmer 11th
Asian or Middle Eastern history – no text picked 12th
Human Geography by Norton 6th-8th
Middle East studies 6th
Africa studies 7th
South America studies 8th

Language Arts/English  (I listed literature separately)

Harvey’s Elementary Grammar Workbook 1 6th
Classical Writing Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners 6th
Classical Writing Poetry for Older Beginners 6th
NaNoWriMo Novel Writing Month 6th-12th
Harvey’s Elementary Grammar Workbook 2 7th-8th
Classical Writing Diogenes Maxim 7th
Classical Writing Diogenes Chreia 8th
Classical Writing Intermediate Poetry 8th
Classical Writing Herodotus 9th
Classical Writing Plutarch 10th
Classical Writing Advanced Poetry 10th-12th
Classical Writing Demosthenes 11th
Classical Writing Shakespeare 12th


Windows to the World 6th
Movies as Literature 7th-8th
Excellence in Literature from 6th-12th

6th – Favorite Poems Old and New, A Child’s Garden of Verses, 101 Great American Poems, The Time Machine, Tarzan of the Apes, The War of the Worlds, Fahrenheit 451, I Robot, Shakespeare Stories, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Gulliver’s Travels, Kidnapped, The Count of Monte Cristo

7th – Autobiography by Ben Franklin, Poor Richard, Julius Caesar by Shakespeare and Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, short stories, Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, Prince and the Pauper, Little Women

8th – Antigone by Sophocles, Oresteia by Aeschylus, Kidnapped by Stevenson, Red Badge of Courage, Last of the Mohicans, Call of the Wild, Great Expectations, Pilgrims Progress, English Romantic Poetry, English Victorian Poetry, Beowulf, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Three Musketeers, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sherlock Holmes

9th – Histories by Herodotus, On the Incarnation by Athanasius, The Prince, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, The Landmark Thucydides, The Conquest of Gaul, A Tale of Two Cities, The Old Man and the Sea,  My Antonia, Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis  trilogy, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Up from Slavery, Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, Letters from an American Farmer, Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Works by Longfellow, Sketch Book by Geoffrey Crayon, The Life of George Washington by Irving, Tales of the Alhambra by Irving, The Pioneers, The House of Mirth by Wharton, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Adventures of Tom Sawyer

10th – Plutarch’s Lives vol 1 and 2, Pride and Prejudice, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Silas Marner, Cicero’s Letters, A History of My Times,  The Brothers Karamazov, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, The Crucible, Frankenstein, Dr. Faustus, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, Walden, Walden 2, Treasure Island, Civil Disobedience bh Thoreau, Self-Reliance by Emerson, Manalive by Chesterton, Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis, Death Comes to the Archbishop by Cather, Country of the Pointed Firs by Jewett, King John by Shakespeare, Ivanhoe by Scott, Rob Roy by Scott

11th – The Importance of Being Earnest, Kim by Kipling, The Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle, The Public Orations of Demosthenes vol 1 and 2, Utopia, Scarlet Letter, Crime and Punishment, The Warden, Barchester Towers, Orthodoxy, Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, The House of Seven Gables, Moby Dick, Billy Budd, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Age of Innocence by Wharton, Daisy Miller by James, The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, A Moveable Feast by Hemingway, The Dream of the Rood, Caedmon’s Hymn, The Battle of Malden, Letters to Raleigh, Le Morte d’Arthur by Malory

12th – King Lear, Hamlet, Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare Sonnets, The Temple by Herbert, Persuasion by Austen, Middlemarch by Eliot, David Copperfield by Dickens, Vanity Fair by Thackeray, Wuthering Heights by Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Bronte, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 1984, Animal Farm, Don Quixiote, The Pickwick Papers by Dickens, Les Miserables by Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Democracy in America by Tocqueville, The Portable Nineteenth Century Russian Reader, Faust by Goethe, The Picture of Dorian Grey by Wilde, Out of Africa by Dinesen, Babette’s Feast by Dinesen

Foreign Language

I don’t know how quickly we will progress through our languages so this is only a vague estimate. 

Arabic for Life – 6th-8th
Introduction to Spoken Standard Arabic a Conversational Course on DVD – 6th-8th
Sahlawayhi 1 – 7th-8th
Arabic for high school – not chosen

New Practical Chinese Reader 1 – 5th-7th
New Practical Chinese Reader 2 – 8th-9th
New Practical Chinese Reader 3 – 10th-11th
New Practical Chinese Reader 4 – 11th-12th

Athenaze 1 – 4th-7th
Athenaze 2 – 8th-9th
NT Greek studies and Greek literature – 10th-12th

Contacts – 5th-8th
A Votre Tour – 9th-11th
French literature – 12th

Fine Arts

Guitar – Mel Bay lessons  4th-12th
Music Ace – 7th
A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels – 6th
The Phonics of Drawing – 7th
The Little Book of Whittling – 8th
Carving the Little Guys – 8th
Joy of Painting – 9th


Good Science, Good Faith – 6th
Read through Bible – 7th-8th
52 Names of God – 7th
The Feasts of Israel by Conner – 7th
The Tabernacle of Moses by Conner – 7th
Performing Miracles and Healing workbook – 8th
Grace in the Gospels – 8th
Grace in the Gospels 2 – 8th
Beyond the Firmament by Glover, Coming to Peace with Science by Falk, More than a Theory by Hugh Ross, Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by Collins, Cell’s Design by Rana, The Young Earth:  The Real History of the Earth – Past, Present, and Future by Morris, Bones of Contention – A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils by Lubenow – 9th
NT in Greek (combined with Greek literature), Personal studies, How to read the Bible as literature – 10th

NT in Greek, Apostolic Fathers in Greek, Personal studies – 11th
NT in Greek, Apostolic Fathers in Greek, Personal studies – 12th


Grid Perplexors D – 6th
The Examined Life Advanced Philosophy for Kids – 6th
Fallacy Detective – 6th
Perplexors Expert level – 7th
Traditional Logic 1 – 7th
Traditional Logic 2 – 8th

Computer Skills

Typing 50 words a minute – 6th
Alice – 6th
Word, Excel, multimedia programs and html (if time) – 7th
Teencoder C# – 8th
Teencoder Java – 9th


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