When designing a curriculum for home schooled teenagers, parents cooperate with their teens and plan the school year together. Some parents prefer the traditional, text book driven curriculum, especially during the high school years because it opens up options for diplomas and college preparatory courses. A structured curriculum is not the only way to earn a diploma when home schooling. Other parents and teenagers prefer the interest driven curriculum, where teenagers are motivated to learn interesting subjects and apply it to the curriculum.
For college admissions, there are core courses that should be taken. English, math, science, and social studies should be worked on each year. Health, language, and fine arts are another batch of classes that should be included each academic year. This ensures a well rounded individual who has learned the essentials for the age level.