Parents, first thing you want to take care to create a high school curriculum for your freshman is find textbooks for the four core courses: English, Algebra I, world geography, and physical science or biology.
After that, you will want to discuss with your child what other courses to take.
Here is the "not to worry" speech about homeschooling your high schoolers. Parents, please don't worry about your final decision on materials or textbooks that you choose for your child. WHY?
Not exactly positive comments about the process of choosing a freshman curriculum, but they are TRUE.
Today, teachers are told what, when, and how quickly they have to teach material. They have to stay on track and march through "the material" whether it's acquired or not.
The scope and sequence of all educational materials is determined by a committee of teacher representatives, approved by the district, and is disseminated to teachers.
How well the lesson plans are executed is determined by the size of the class, the teacher's experience and capabilities, her skill with adolescents, and her classroom management skills.
How The Publics Do It!
If the material isn't learned, the teacher hopes that the percentages of other quizzes on other material will even out the grade so the student passes the class; otherwise, the teacher will have to give "extra credit" to bring the student's grade to passing. The "extra credit" will not necessarily cover the material NOT passed during the term.This is true of all classes, even art.
All these factors indicate how well the material will be taught. However, none of this is important either because when the public schools kids take their "high stakes tests" to graduate, basically they will be judged for how well they read, not the six or seven questions on physical science that they studied three years ago.
The main challenge that high school students face today is how to read math word problems, history and science passages.