9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
As you look to begin your high school journey with your student, you might be feeling overwhelmed about where to start with their ninth grade subjects: What classes should you focus on? What skills still need to be developed while at home? What lessons and ideas do you want to make sure you’ve communicated? As you take the time to invest in your student’s life this ninth grade year, may you enjoy the fresh conversations and discoveries in store for both you and your student.
Choose your 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Sonlight offers multiple curriculum packages, each completely customizable to meet your family's needs. Start by choosing one of the three options below, and customize online as desired. Need help choosing? Chat with an advisor.
*Percent off Retail Price. Preschool and Pre-K are not available as All-Subjects Packages as they have unique subjects specific to those age spans. A Sonlight History / Bible / Literature program includes a year's worth of history, geography, Bible, Readers, Read-Alouds, and an Instructor's Guide. An All-Subjects Package includes a History / Bible / Literature program, plus language arts, spelling (K-6), handwriting (K-3), math, science, and a Sonlight binder. Click here for the complete Scope and Sequence.
9th Grade Packages
Choose a program for your high school student (and customize online) or select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family. Both History / Bible / Literature Programs and All-Subjects Packages include complete ninth grade lesson plans, schedule and notes in the included Instructor's Guides.
Starting in ninth Grade, your student is concerned about more than just next year. They are thinking about what comes after they complete high school. College? Trade school? Missions? Sonlight has designed our high school courses to be flexible for a range of grade levels, to ensure your student covers all of the subjects they need to find success in whatever they pursue next.
Start by selecting the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information. Need help choosing? Chat with a homeschool Advisor.
9th Grade History / Bible / Literature Programs
As you and your student map out the future, if college is on the horizon, examine your history options and choose a program that will fulfill your college's requirements. If your student is taking a different direction with their future, feel free to select the program that would best pique their interest. Any one of these programs will provide an excellent year of study.
For high school credit consider:
American History: Your student will dig deep into American history and discover the players of American history as real people. You'll move chronologically as you work through time and take a look at the empires that existed before Columbus, the founding fathers who created a Constitution that has become the model for countries around the world, WWI and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. While you may have touched on these before, this course provides an opportunity to delve deeper into these subjects. Many states require American History to graduate; use this program to satisfy that requirement.
History of the Christian Church / World History: Your student will learn both traditional Church History, as well as the expansion of the Gospel from the early days in the Roman Empire until now. Additionally, because the Christian church has had such a huge influence on the world and culture, this is an excellent program to choose if your student needs a World History credit to graduate. This course offers the opportunity to study history and interactions from around the world through the unique lens of the Church. Many states require World History to graduate; use this program to satisfy that requirement.
Start with the History / Bible / Literature program of your choice and add additional subjects. History / Bible / Literature programs can be used with multiple children. All History / Bible / Literature programs include a 15% discount off of retail.
9th Grade All-Subjects Package
All-Subjects Packages offer the convenience of an all-in-one boxed curriculum but provide the flexibility of customization for your specific needs or multiple children. And you get all that for a 20% discount!
Mix & Match Your Homeschool High School Courses
Prefer to build your own customized curriculum? Sonlight meets the needs of homeschooling high school students with a thorough catalog of robust high school courses, ideal for students in grades 9-12. As in a traditional high school course catalog, you can choose between a variety of courses to create your students' schedule.
Mix-and-match from individual courses (five History / Bible courses and six Literature / Language Arts (English) courses to make the best program for your students. Add science, math, and electives for a complete course of study. Follow the steps below to choose individual courses according to your student's specific needs and preferences.
Check out all of Sonlight's mix & match high school courses here.
Additional 9th Grade Subjects
A Sonlight All-Subjects Package comes with everything that you need for a complete school year. However, if you choose to mix-and-match your courses, you may want to add additional subjects to complete your year.
At the high school levels, we have designed the lesson plans, our Instructor's Guides, to move you into more of a supportive role. The notes in the Instructor's Guides (IGs) are written to the students, and each high school program includes both a Parent Guide and a Student Guide.
The Student Guide contains discussion and thought questions. Some questions cover basic comprehension, and some are closer to college-level analysis. The Parent Guide contains all the same information, along with answers.
So, while you still receive the book-by-book, and subject-by-subject schedule and notes, the tool matches your family's needs for the high school season.
Your student will be able to work independently for much of the time and you are able to choose when and how you would like to work with them.
IGs are included with your History / Bible and Literature / Language Arts or All-Subjects Packages. Use them for record keeping, a daily schedule, notes, or any combination of the three. At the high school level, your Apologia Science program comes with a Student Notebook which provides a daily schedule and introduces your student to notetaking and recording their scientific findings.
Literature / Language Arts
In the high school levels, History and Bible are combined into a course as are Literature and Language Arts.
As your students read the literature, they will spend some time on comprehension questions and continue to look in-depth at literary analysis and deeper thought questions: What does this text reference? What do you think of this character's actions?
Your student will continue to learn terms like allusion and climax, think through ethical questions, and build their cultural literacy. Their writing assignments mostly come from their reading.
Check out all of Sonlight's Literature / Language Arts courses by clicking the button below.
Sonlight includes Math-U-See's Geometry in our 9th Grade All-Subjects Package. Geometry covers topics such as points, lines, rays and line segments, planes, angles, circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, the Pythagorean Theorem, conic sections, proofs and more.
Your students will work with parallel and perpendicular lines with midpoints and bisectors, they'll explore supplementary, complementary, interior and exterior angles. They will learn how to find the perimeter of a rectangle, triangle, parallelogram, and trapezoid. They'll also learn how to find the areas of these shapes as well as how to construct and identify triangles.
Math-U-See is included in Sonlight's All-Subjects Packages, but you can customize as desired.
Sonlight offers Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science. This course is designed to be the last science course a student takes before high school biology, and discusses such topics as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, and environmentalism. This program concentrates on physics; especially the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.
Taught from a Christian viewpoint with emphasis on the incredible design features apparent throughout God's creation.
Choose the matching 9th Grade Science level (Apologia Physical Science) or browse other available Science programs and see what you could discover.
Electives & Enrichment
Prepare your students for ongoing success with a variety of high school electives, college and career planning resources, courses to boost a high school transcript and even courses to help your student prepare for an Advanced Placement (AP) exam and potentially earn college credit.
Sonlight offers courses that let upper-level students think critically, perform well on college entrance exams, discover their interests, follow their dreams, engage with and make a difference in their world.
Looking for more homeschool electives? Check out all of Sonlight's homeschool electives.
Teaching more than one student and need extra activity sheets? We've got you covered. Shop all consumables here.
Required Resources are items that you must have to use a Sonlight curriculum program. To save you money, we do not include these resources in every package. You may already own one or two of them and may not want duplicates. If not, pick them up here.