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  1. wanted a tool for your MacBook to track attendance, lesson plans, grades and assignments for one student, which record keeping software would you choose? The ultimate goal would be to create transcripts for said child, as well as print off a yearly reading list. I know there have been several conversations on this board about this over time, but I'd like to know the most current, up-to-date programs for the Mac and what YOUR choice would be. Thanks, y'all. Blessings, Lucinda
  2. I'm wondering how people fit in the 180 day requirement in the graduation year...and what public schools do... I was looking at one umbrella school and they wanted all the work to be officially completed by May 1....working backwards, the 2nd semester would have to have started 14 December if it included 2 weeks of Christmas vacation and nothing for Easter....and the 1st semester started 10 August. This is if the student is not working weekends.... The one we're using doesn't have May 1, but we're constricted by transcript receipt deadlines in July which means (with overseas mail) that work needs to be finished by the end of May so that it can get sent and checked. Here I'd been thinking he would have some weeks after AP's to get his other coursework done.... I just don't see how public schools are doing this unless they are counting all those days between end of coursework and graduation in June... Anyone have experience with this? Thanks, Joan
  3. My son's international school transcript is landscape. I just saw one from Academic Records which is also landscape. Mine and my husband's from university are landscape. The homeschool ones which I have seen before (hardly any) were portrait. Which did or will you do? Any observations from nonhomemade transcripts you have seen? I've given the multiple option for votes though I don't know if that will not confuse the results...I guess if you put as many as you did of each it should be accurate if you did it differently for different children... Thanks, Joan
  4. I was just looking at my ds1's international school diploma and found a "pass" for PE and for Theory of Knowledge (which was worth 0.5 credits). I was thinking about doing this for Fine Arts, as it is quite hard for me to grade my dc's art work, and most art and music appreciation were "exploratory" so to speak. Have you given Fine Arts grades? if so, did you just use testing or participation or what? and are there any other noncore courses for which you use P/F? Thanks, Joan
  5. Are these aspects of a transcript passé? By evaluation criteria, I do not mean grading scales. I mean how a grade was determined - using points from tests, notebooks, class participation, etc. By teacher comments, I mean the teacher's evaluation for each course about student "growth" or learning. And for student self-assessment, I mean for each course too... I've been looking in various books and see mention of these items, but am wondering if and where to include them. If one had a course description a page long, there is room. But from what I've seen, people have mentioned 3-6 sentences for a course description. Has anyone needed to keep track of these things in an application? Thanks, Joan
  6. Over the summer I have thought a LOT about college transcripts and what will "look good" on a college transcript for my rising junior DDs, and I've felt rather confused and frustrated. I realized this week that for the first time in homeschooling I am trying to figure out how to best "teach to the test" for these girls, and I don't like it. We've always tried to facilitate a high quality education, rooted in classic literature and the truth. We have strong feelings about the original intent of the "founding fathers" and the Constitution and are very often not politically correct. Now I find myself trying to figure out how to help get them prepared for AP exams and prepare a transcript that looks "just right." One of the schools one DD is strongly considering is one that states that "extra consideration will be given to students who enroll in AP courses and take AP exams" and I figured that would be even more true for homeschoolers so that was a driving force for me, too. But as I suggested to my DDs that they could take the world history AP exam (we already have an "approved" textbook because I was sick of so-called world history books being predominantly Euro-world history), they felt like while the textbook is fine and they use it, they really weren't comfortable with the APWH option because they don't want to have to focus so much on "their" (AP test writers) interpretation of history. And I realized that they are right. I don't want that either. My dh suggested that maybe we need to have more faith that all will work out one way or another. We have felt very strongly about pursuing the educational path that we have for past years; why should we forsake that now for the final two years? Isn't it more important to focus on teaching correct principles, etc., and trust that it will all work out? And maybe I'm making too big a deal out of this. It just seems like to really present strongly in a typical, traditional high school sense, we'd need to conform to all of that. <sigh>
  7. My son did Apologia chem and adv chem last year then Apologia physics and adv physics this year. I planned to give him 1 credit for each book completed because he did the work, did the labs, did the test etc. He worked at an advanced pace to finish each book in one semester. I spoke with a counselor at his # 1 choice and she said it needs to be a school year per course to receive 1 credit unless it's a CC course so he should receive only ½ credit per book. If I give him ½ a credit for each he will only have 3 science credits and they require 4. He did do physical science in 9th but I didn't plan on listing it as he is heading for engineering school. What do you think? Not sure what to do now.
  8. Recently, our oldest son had some testing done and it was recommended that he start accruing high school credits and take a couple high school level classes this next year. He will be in 6th grade for the upcoming school year. It was recommended that he take a high school science class at our co-op that uses Apologia Physical Science as the text. Last year, he completed Easy Grammar Plus and will most likely be using Easy Grammar Ultimate this year. (I am under the impression that those are high school level texts.) My confusion is coming when I start to think about keeping track of credits. I have several friends telling me different things. One says that you can start accruing credits now (in 6th grade). Another says that once you start accruing high school credits, you MUST finish in four years. You cannot take more than four years to do high school. I have scoured the internet to try to find out what is state law (IL), but am coming up empty-handed. I am hoping someone on the board can help this newbie trying to find her way! :) ETA: Forgot to add that he will also be taking a high school level computer programming class at our co-op as well.
  9. In years past I have just used a 3-ring binder that I've gotten from Sam's and they have worked fine up until my dd15's freshman year this past year. I can't seem to fit it all in. I keep her graded work, lab write-ups, her list of books read, essays/writings, and tests. I think I need to include all of this so I'm wondering if something else work would better. I'm thinking of using the cardboard banker's boxes you see in WalMart but not sure. Just curious as to what you use that works good.
  10. I know there are several places on line to get a template, but I want a program that I can just say this is what she took, what her grades were, weight them or not and it spits out a lovely transcript. Does this exist? The templates I find, I can't get it all on one page that I've heard it should be. Not that she has a lot of academics, but volunteer and extra-curricular stuff. Thanks!
  11. All the transcript examples I have seen so far have a student address on them. If it's a mommy-made one, then the student address is the same as the school address. If its an umbrella one (which I have never seen), then I'm presuming the student has his home address and then there is the school address? My question is, do you have to have the student's home address on the transcript? What if you are moving around? Then you have all the different addresses of your different homeschools with school transfers? When I see my college transcripts (in my fuzzy brain), I don't 'remember' my address being on it - would my address have been on that too? But what address would they have used for that - my first house, my last house, my current residence when I applied for the transcript? Just trying to fast forward and figure out how things will work out, Joan
  12. For fellow New Yorkers, or those of you in any other state that requires paperwork -- Are we compelled to match our transcript to the stuff we've submitted to the state? For example, while we've done a few Shakespeare plays as part of English courses throughout high school, ds has also done Lightening Lit Shakespeare Tragedies, watched some of the Teaching Company lectures (Word & The Action), taken part in a Shakespeare acting workshop, etc. I'd like to lump it together for a 1/2 credit elective on Shakespeare - but it won't appear anywhere on my state paperwork. Another year he did Hewitt's Speeches program, and I'd like to put that together with the public speaking he's done, the Toastmasters class he's taken, etc., and call it a 1/2 credit of Speech & Communications -- also not on the state paperwork. So what do you think? Do I have to match ds's transcript to his IHIPs and quarterly reports? TIA, Maura
  13. If major coll. /univ. request 4 years of English will this suffice? Eng 030=Journalism 1 yr. Eng- Intro to Comp 1 yr Eng-Am. Lit 1 yr Eng- Brit Lit 1 yr. TIA>
  14. Hi! I have a rising 7th grader and was thinking ahead this afternoon. I have just a couple questions if you don't mind about graduation credits. I'm just mostly trying to get this straight in my head. :D Our state's graduation requirements are 4 credits for English, math, science, and history. The last three are a piece of cake. I have concerns about English though. My oldest will finish R&S English 8 in the 9th grade. First question...can I count that as a credit since it's 8th grade? Should I skip it and move on to something else for 9th? Second question....the plan in my mind was to be finished with grammar after R&S English 8. Obviously that won't work. I'm pretty sure (need to double check) that college comp 1 and 2 are both considered 2 full high school credits here. He can take those at the local college. So there are two of the four. If I can count R&S 8, that's three. I'll need one or possible two more credits. What are some options for two high school English credits? Thank you!!
  15. Looking for options on attendance, grades, extra projects completed, volunteer activity etc. Something where I can manage information and quickly print out reports if needed. My dd will be hsed starting in a couple of weeks until the start of 9th grade. She is in public school now and will attend a charter HS. I will need to be able to provide data for this HS to prove her "schooling". Would like to be able to present it in a professional way.... Any thoughts? If this is not the right board I apologize. I'm new. Went to the general board and there were posts about houses for sale, surgeries etc so thought I might have a better shot at getting info here. Thanks!
  16. I was just looking over the high school info at HSLDA and they have the history courses needed as World, American, & Government. How does the WTM sequence translate into this setup? Thanks
  17. How many credits does your state require? I am in New Jersey and according to them you need 120 credits. Does that sound correct? I think I 'm confused after looking at Oak Meadow where it says you need 21+ credits for high school. New Jersey also requires Algebra 1, Geometry and a third year of math. We are doing Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Do you include that in your high school transcript? Thanks for any help. I am trying to wrap my head around all of this as I get my planning started.
  18. My dd13, 7th grade, completed her Alegbra course today (wooohoo!! an A!!) and this is our first course that will someday "count" on a highschool transcript, so I now have to have a more formal record keeping plan (other than the box-per-kid where I toss the completed workbooks/etc). I printed out all her grades (it was Thinkwell, so dated, scored, online records were available), and have all her exams and grades in a neat stack, along with a course grade calculation. I was thinking of putting all that in a pile. And, then what? Start a box? A written log? An excel spread sheet? What has worked well for y'all? FWIW, I anticipate that this child will be applying to very competitive schools, and will be taking some college courses by 15/16 y.o.. . . So, I will need to track home-coursework, as well as college classes, as well as online, etc.
  19. Hello I am trying to figure out what template I want to use. I am finding several different kinds where one shows semester grade and the yr grade, some shows the year grade only but senior year shows the semester grade. What is the best way to do this? I think the semester and yr grade works best. What are your thoughts? Holly
  20. My 9th grade ds is in debate right now. However we are getting frustrated with the workload. The club he is in does things a lot differently than any other clubs. (we are wishing he chose basketball over debate....gggrrrr!!!) They are requiring a lot of work out of my son and his partner. They are novices. From what we hear of other clubs, they work together to get the 1ac, proofs, briefs and so on. They do this together as a group. However my son's club it is each to his/her own. They are not compiling stuff together. So I am utterly confused as to how this works. My dh is ready to pull him out because it is causing my son a great deal of stress in getting these information together. It is a lot more work than what I thought. We want him to stick it out however it is becoming to the point where my son is frustrated in not getting help. My dh wants to know if Debate is considered a credit-based activity where you get a credit towards your high school diploma or extra-curricular activity. He is concerned that if it is not credit base then it is a waste of time for all the work he is putting into it. Can you clear this up for me? I know I am rambling in the post. I apologize ahead of time. Just wanted to give a background information first. Holly
  21. My dd is applying to a special Zoology program and the college is asking for an official transcripts. They are very familiar with homeschoolers and I will need to complete a form and have it notorized before she begins classes stating that the transcript is valid and true, etc. I have an official looking transcript printed and ready to be mailed. Do i need a seal or a special envelope to send it in to make it actually "official?"
  22. :confused: I thought it was going to be straightforward, but after looking at the form, I’m confused. It looks exactly like the secondary school report I sent earlier, with the exception of the instruction to leave the second page (background info) blank if there are no changes. So do you just sign it and send it in with the updated transcript?? Do you/should you make any comments in the evaluation section? (Surely you don’t send the homeschool profile and counselor letter all over again…) I’ve heard the mid-year report is the time/place for the student to let the college(s) know of any awards or honors received since submitting their application, but I see nothing on the form inviting the student to do this… And lastly, since my transcript only shows final grades for the year, and only a couple of ds’s courses (the fall semester ones) have final grades at this point, most of the courses on his transcript will still say in progress. I’m wondering if I should send an extra document detailing semester grades (even though those don’t go onto the transcript) and any honors ds has received (we’ll know next week on a big one.) I also feel a need to expound on one grade from an online university level class which was graded pass/no-credit—ds passed with flying colors (would have been a very high A) but “Pass†doesn’t look too good (generally regarded as a C.) Any advice? What have you all done? (I am doing this all snail mail, by the way, as that’s how I sent the initial secondary school report.) Thanks in advance.
  23. Hi, My oldest dd is nearing the highschool years, and I am totally clueless as to how to prepare a transcript. Right now we are planning on using the MFW for English/lit, history etc., TT for math & Apologia for science. The rest will fall into place later. I'm just curious, how do I figure out how many credits each course is worth. I guess my question boils down to is how do you prepare a transcript if you are not using an accredited correspondence course or something of the sort? TIA,
  24. What information should be included on the transcript (besides classes, grades, credits...)? Is it better to list the classes out by year or by class? I thought I would just give a grade to academic classes, not things like PE, art, music, etc. Is that a good idea? I would still give credit, though. Is it necessary to have a name for your home school or can you just say "official transcript of (your student)"? Thanks for answering these questions. My dd is applying to the cc for classes next fall and they need to see a transcript to show she is a junior. Julie
  25. One of my friends recently attended a "Getting Ready for High School" type seminar from a local, veteran mom who teaches HS level science labs. My friend and I both have dc in middle school, so believe me, we are seeking to find out all we can about recordkeeping for high school. She came away so discouraged because the speaker insisted that you can not include any class on the high school transcript that is taken before 9th grade, except Algebra I. Secondly, she stated that colleges require a portfolio that corroborates what is on the transcript. This would include samples of work from all classes. She was adamant about this for all lab sciences (e.g. pictures of labs, actual lab notebooks, pictures of long term projects, etc.). She said that this info would "prove" that the student did indeed perform actual lab work. From my own research and many threads I've read on this board, this info does not seem accurate. I understand that a transcript is not "required" to have dates for when classes were taken. The benefit being that some middle schoolers who take high school level work may indeed get credit. For instance, my dd will finish Latin Prep III in 8th and my hope was to give 1 credit for high school Latin. I had also planned physical science for 8th hoping to give 1 science credit. Am I completely misinformed? The portfolio thing isn't that big of a deal to me. I had planned on doing this anyway. However, I wasn't aware of the necessity for photos for labs. Please gals; help me out. I want to be properly informed and ready for the requirements of high school. If this helps, my friend and I live in GA. Looking forward to hearing from you. Jennifer
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