Perhaps you’re a high school dropout and you’ve realized you need to complete your high school education, but you don’t want to go to public school again. On the other hand, maybe you are dreading entering high school for the first time. Then, there are some who are already in high school but would like to complete their education on their own. No matter what the reason for wanting to homeschool yourself in high school, you may be able to do this.

Step 1: Get permission.

Depending on where you live, it may not be legal to do this. Different age restrictions apply in different areas, and you’ll have to be careful to comply with all legal regulations regarding homeschooling. In some areas, teenagers cannot homeschool themselves, while in others, it’s legal if they are older than sixteen, for example. You may also need to seek permission from your school or school board, who may be open or resistant to the idea of you homeschooling yourself.

You will definitely have to have your parents on board with the homeschooling plan if you are a minor. Before sitting down and having the conversation with your parents to tell them your plans, you will have to do a lot of research so you can prove that you’re thoroughly ready and prepared, mature, and responsible enough to undertake this without using it as an excuse not to do schoolwork.

Step 2: Find a curriculum.

There are several different types of curricula out there: online classes, where you may still be expected to show up in a chat room at a particular time, paper classes, which may or may not have certain deadlines for tests, and composing your own curriculum. You want to be very careful about deciding to make your own curriculum up if you haven’t homeschooled before. It’s better to seek help from others or model it on an established curriculum. A good option can be to use a standard curriculum and then simply spend more time on the areas that interest you, researching the topics in different textbooks or library books.

Make sure you have researched several different types of curricula and you know the pros and cons of each before deciding on the one you want to use. A hastily-chosen curriculum can make you hate homeschooling yourself.

3. Lay out a lesson plan.

You’ll want to compose a yearly lesson plan, if one doesn’t already come with your curriculum, so you have an idea where you are going. This helps you to take advantage of relevant extracurricular opportunities and stay on track. Then, break it down into learning goals or basic overviews of what you plan to learn each month. Finally, you can divide your lessons into weekly modules or topics to give you a sense of structure.

Daily lesson plans are a good idea, but don’t make them too stringent or you may end up missing out on otherwise fantastic opportunities. Leave yourself lots of wiggle room, particularly in the first few months, as you figure out how to stay on-track and motivated.

Homeschooling yourself is a challenging thing to do, but no matter what age you are, you can learn a lot of valuable life skills from the experience!