High School Mini-Con

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Homeschooling during the high school years can seem daunting. Courses, transcripts, and planning for post-graduation are just some of the things to consider when deciding to homeschool grades 9-12. We invite you to join us as we answer your questions about how to privately home educate your high school student in California.


Schedule – Thursday, June 11, 2020

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. “High School Overview” with Penny Ross
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Transcripts, Credits, and Courses” with Penny Ross
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. High School Moms Panel


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High School Overview
We will discuss how homeschooling grades 9-12 is different than earlier years, establishing graduation requirements, awarding a diploma, and understanding basic proficiency levels that are expected when your student applies to college or moves into the workforce. This will be followed by Q&A.

Transcripts, Credits, and Courses
What exactly goes on a transcript and how do you calculate that information? Credits attempted and earned? Course titles? Course descriptions? GPA? And more! This will be followed by Q&A.

High School Moms Panel
Hear from a group of moms who have recently graduated their seniors about homeschooling a high school student, how to prepare them for life post-graduation, and the various options their kids have chosen to pursue as homeschool graduates.

Meet the Speakers

Penny Ross 
Penny Ross picturePenny Ross runs her own homeschool business, Tools for the Home Educator, in Torrance, CA offering consultations and training for homeschool parents as well as selling gently-used curriculum. She has over 30 years of homeschool experience through teaching her own three children and then serving in PSP leadership at Hope Chapel Academy in Hermosa Beach. She is happily married to her college sweetheart and loves helping homeschool parents do more than just survive homeschooling, but thrive.

Meet Our Host

Andrew Vandever
AndrewVandever picAndrew is a computers systems engineer working at a tech company. He worked full-time for more than two years for a discipleship and creative evangelism ministry before pursuing a career in technology. Both Andrew and his wife, Jenny, were homeschooled, and are now homeschooling their two daughters, ages eight and nine. Andrew also currently serves at the President on CHEA’s board of directors.

Meet the Moms Panel

Michaela Roekle
Michaela2019Michaela Roekle was homeschooled from first grade through graduation. She’s been married to her husband Brad for 20 years this fall and together they have been homeschooling their children for the past 13 years. Michaela leads a non-profit homeschool ministry and private satellite school (Grace and Glory Homeschooling) in Corona, California. The Roekles also serve as Regional Advisory Board Members for CHEA.

Kerry Byers

image0 (3)Kerry and her husband Jeff have been married for over 36 years and have homeschooled their five children for over 30 years. They have successfully completed their private Christian homeschooling journey through high school, graduating their last child in 2019. Apart from church work and running a music business in their home, Kerry has run support groups since the 1980’s and has founded two PSP’s with her husband.