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Planning the High School Years – Part 3

So, where are we at now? We have covered creating a list of planned courses and how to create high school transcripts; today we will be discussing the high school portfolio. Exactly what is the portfolio? Why does your student need one? What do I put in my child’s portfolio? You’ll get answers to all of your questions!


What is a High School Portfolio?

Artists have portfolios to showcase their drawings, paintings and other artwork; website designers show sites that they have designed. In similar fashion, homeschooling students aiming for college showcase their best works. It is a way to demonstrate a student’s abilities, talents and proficiencies to colleges and other secondary schools.

If your child knows what she wants to major in, the majority of her portfolio may contain samples of work pertaining to that subject. Not all of the portfolio, notice, but the majority. If she isn’t quite sure of her major, but still has college within her sights, then the portfolio will be used to demonstrate her overall academic achievements.

Why Does My High School Student Need a Portfolio?

Here’s a great question! Why does your child need a portfolio, especially if you are already keeping a running record of his education (i.e. the transcripts)? The portfolio, like the transcripts, is a way for your child to “wow” college admissions officers with his accomplishments, skills, knowledge and abilities.

What Should Be In a Portfolio?

I think I’ve kind of covered this above, but a basic portfolio should include samples of the student’s work from all 4 years. I recommend choosing the best projects (including research papers, essays, stories, etc). If your student is applying to a college with a specific major in mind, remember to include projects, activities, awards, volunteer work and personal recommendations that relate to that major.

Here’s a general list of what can be included in the portfolio:

  • School work samples;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Records of curriculum used for courses;
  • Grades (in whatever format you choose).

Resources for Creating A High School Portfolio

That’s pretty much it for your high school portfolio. They really aren’t difficult to create! In the next section of the Planning for the High School Years, we will be talking about different resources for different classes. This one will cover a LOT of ground, so be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out!

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About Jennifer Hill

Jennifer is a homeschooling mom of 5 children. Read more about her large family life on her blog.
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