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  1. PAGE #1 Welcome to High School Motherlode #2 -- the second "motherlode" of linked threads on high school topics. There is also a college motherlode of linked threads on preparing for/applying to/attending college AND a few post-high school topics that are NOT college related. Enjoy exploring the amazing collected wisdom of The Hive! (In case links break, I have listed threads by their original subject heading, and have also provided the original post date and poster for search in various ways.) Warmest regards, Lori D. topics & links in page #1 AND page #5 (with 3 response posts in between) CREATED: June. 2013 UPDATED & REORGANIZED: Sept. 2018 ======================== CONTENTS: HIGH SCHOOL MOTHERLODE #2: page #1 topics: Transcripts / Record Keeping Credits Grading / GPA Honors Courses Record Keeping / Course Descriptions / Letter of Recommendation / Volunteering Graduation topics / Diplomas NOTE: there are 3 posts of responses between post #1 and post #5 topics page #5 topics: General Threads on High School Subjects (Writing, Math, Science, Electives) Home-Grown Courses / MOOC Courses Extracurricular Activities Outsourcing Online Classes Tutors Dual Enrollment ======================== High School Motherload #1 -- pinned thread at top of HIGH SCHOOL BOARD page 1 - high school timetable - getting started with homeschooling high school - planning / scheduling / time management - teen attitudes / expectations - accreditation / cover schools / state regulations page 2 - info/experiences with high school tests (PSAT, AP, ACT/SAT, SAT Subject, CLEP, GED, etc.) College Motherlode -- pinned thread at top of COLLEGE BOARD page 1 = college search / college visits / online college page 2 = college applications / Common App (including more on transcripts, course descriptions, etc.) page 3 = financial aid / scholarships / FAFSA and CSS Profile page 4 = Honors Programs / Internships / NCAA page 5 = heading to college / at college / overseas studies page 6 = alternatives to college / gap year / military / career exploration ======================== TRANSCRIPTS High school transcript topics (+ one section on middle school transcripts; for specific questions about transcripts and college applications or the Common App, see page 2 of the Going to College Motherlode pinned thread. middle school transcript Middle school transcript (examples?) -- June 20 2018, JennyD Does anyone have a formal middle school transcript put together? (and can I see it?) -- Apr 25 2018, madteaparty Creating a transcript for high school applications (entering high school, need middle school transcript) -- Jan 15 2018, kagmypts overview topics Specific questions about my DS's transcript (how much credit to award, course descriptions, etc.) -- July 11 2017, lewelma More transcript questions (include test scores? wording for "operated according to state law"? graduation date? weighted/unweighted GPA?) -- Sept 10 2017, TCB How to get a transcript that colleges will accept? -- Jan 17 2018, krhoads Comprehensive transcript service? — Jan 27 2018, nancy_wa Transcript backup (for student's future, in case of fire, loss, or death) -- May 22 2017, MerryAtHope samples and templates Sample transcripts (posters linked to examples) -- July 2 2015, swimmermom3 Sample high school transcript? (can someone share an example?) -- Nov 28 2016, Daria Transcript template (responder links to a website) -- Apr 18 2018, JessReplanted Transcript template recommendation -- July 5 2017, Shellydon Transcript form? (posters included links to templates) -- Sept 3 2016, lucky mom formatting questions Adding a 2nd page to transcript? Should I? (for achievements and extracurriculars?) -- Jan 17 2017, journey00 Subject-Based transcript (any templates or examples?) -- Mar 20 2017, historymatters If you do your transcript by subject, how do you indicate planned or in-progress senior year classes? -- July 2 2015, katilac Transcripts: by subject or by year? — Mar 1 2017, lewelma Transcript question please (list by subject or grade/year? and other questions) -- Mar 1 2017, Homeschoolmom3 "Official" Transcript? (organize by subject or grade/year? graduation date? bring up credits from middle school?) -- Jan 24 2018, ski momma Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (what to include/leave off; will it look like padding) — Aug 31 2018, Evanthe How to transcript this “5th” year due to illness? — July 23 2018, Kendall Can I just show all 5 years of high school on his transcript? — May 22 2018, Attolia Question about how to do a transcript for an early graduate (3 years rather than 4) — May 30 2018, rachserra Transcript format question (how to include summer classes) — May 14 2018, Kim C Transcript ?: summer college class (how to include summer classes on transcript) -- Apl 11, 2018, RootAnn what to include Quick transcript question (what goes on an UNofficial transcript?) — Apr 17 2018, Garga Graduation requirements on transcript? — Feb 4 2018, daijobu Another transcript question (sign/signature or not, and how to do it?) -- July 13 2017, Momto5inIN Transcript signature question (how to do it?) -- Aug 22 2016, quark credits on transcript Quick transcript question: total credits include planned? (i.e., include courses not done yet?) — Oct 27 2017, kand Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (what to include/leave off; will it look like padding) — Aug 31 2018, Evanthe Transcript questions (how to count dual enrollment credit? include test score details?) — July 7 2018, kwhdman Transcript question about computer course (how to count it? should we include it, or is it a "life skill"?) -- July 5 2018, ByeBye Martha How to: Driver's Ed program on the transcript -- Mar 7 2017, historymatters How to give credit for shop/welding on transcript? -- Apr 29 2015, Kile529 semester grades / in-process courses How do I do this transcript (semester or "in progress" for grades of courses still being worked on) -- Mar 19 2018, Jean in Newcastle Do you put senior year on the transcript before credits are earned? -- Aug 29 2016, HollyBee Semester grades on transcript — Jan 20 2018, daijobu Semester grades on transcript (how to do this?) — Jan 25 2018, Nancy.suzanne70 Transcript question: how do you calibrate grades across multiple providers (who are using different grading scales) -- Aug 7 2017, yvonne Do I put one minus grade on the transcript (because the dual enrollment/college transcript does? -- Aug 29 2017, Daria test scores on transcript High school transcript: test scores question (list on transcript or not?) — Mar 30 2017, Connections How to show [test] scores on transcript? — Feb 13 2018, Erica in OR Transcript questions: self-studied for AP exams — Feb 23 2018, omd21 SAT/ACT scores / super scoring on transcript -- June 15 2017, Mamalovesthem Do you put CLEP on transcripts? -- May 6 2013, MommyThrice combining transcripts (co-op / public school) Outside classes in transcript? Esp. co-op? — Oct 6 2017, kand Transcript question: combining public and homeschool — June 11 2018, Kassia Transcript question regarding homeschooling after B&M school — May 25 2018, kellebelle dual enrollment & transcripts Selectively choose DE classes to list on transcript? — May 5 2018, my2boysteacher Okay to leave Community College (CC) courses off of the high school transcript (since we are sending a CC transcript too?) -- Oct 5 2-17, daijobu Quick question: transcript for dual enrollment application for 9th grader (what to include?) -- July 31 2019, Arcadia Transcript question for dual credit but [done in] 8th grade (how to list it on the transcript) -- Dec 11 2017, MeghanL List an Associate's degree on the transcript? (an AA degree earned via dual enrollment) -- Apr 25 2017, Melissa B transcripts & college admission Transcript question and GPA with Honors, AP, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, etc (how do you count it/show it) -- July 17 2010, distancia How do they know? (If you “fudge” on transcripts) — Mar 10 2017, kfeusse How to meet this transcript requirement (official seal or watermark) -- Sept 5 2018, cjzimmer1 ======================== CREDITS specific questions How many courses in an academic year? 2 maths? — May 24 2018, sbgrace Question about counting hours (for self-made courses/credits) — May 23 2018, GeoKittty Rigorous high school transcript for Liberal Arts kid (how many APs, STEM courses, etc.?) -- Apr 25 2017, madteaparty High school courses/transcript/load questions (is it okay to spread out/double up on credits in a subject area? can I "bring up" courses from middle school? take college classes early?) -- Jan 1 2016, Homeschoolmom3 What makes a course transcript-worthy? (see Sue in St Pete's response for a massive list of "output" ideas!) -- Dec 29 2014, Daria how to count credits Understanding credit hours -- Apr 29 2017, deer forest Do you count reading/homework time as hours (toward the credit) -- July 7 2017, deerforest Can the same credit hours count toward two classes? -- Apr 28 2016, Garga Double dipping credits on the transcript (splitting hours vs. counting 2x an hours-heavy activity) -- June 14 2016, shinyhappypeople "bringing up" high school credits done in middle school Middle school classes on the transcript (what courses can you "bring up"? award credit and grade or no grade?) -- Sept 13 2017, omg21 Transcript classes taken before high school (include Latin from grades 6-7?) -- Feb 15 2016, ski momma Awarding high school credits for 8th grade work and high school planning questions — May 30 2018, stacyh270 How do you count middle school coursework (high school courses done in middle school) — Jan 6 2017, wenti Algebra and Geometry on transcript (do you include high school courses done in 7th/8th grade?) — Aug 30 2018, daijobu Xpost: early college/Dual Enrollment transcript question (include credits done in middle school? what about CTY intensive study classes?) -- Mar 10 2018, imbue integrated Great Books courses - how to award credit The English credit/Great Books/integrating history & lit (how to credit integrated courses?) — Dec 9 2015, Chrysalis Academy Handling a Great Books or integrated Humanities sequence on the transcript (how to do it so it matches what credits colleges want?) -- Apr 9 2015, yvonne How to list a Coursera course on the transcript? (or describe in the Course Description document?) -- Oct 27 2017, Nemom awarding credit for college courses Transcript questions (award 0.5 or 1.0 credit for college courses?) -- July 7 2018, kwhadman Awarding credits for college classes [taken] in high school — Feb 2 2018, RootAnn Awarding dual enrollment / high school credits on transcript -- Jan 4 2018, cassia Transcript help: assigning credits for community college classes (lengthy discussion on whether to award 0.5 or 1.0, and why) -- Feb 6 2016, Hiking'Mama Transcript credits for concurrent student questions (how much credit to give for dual enrollment lab science?) -- July 1 2016, Excelsior! Academy what to call this course / what subject does this course go under? Transcript questions (what subject heading for Econ and Psych) — Jan 22 2017, Julie of KY Transcript question (what subject area for a business course?) -- Sept 5 2017, regentrude Where to put Logic on the transcript? -- Sept 13 2017, TCB Would you put 3 credits of Bible on a transcript? (and if so, what subject to list it as?) -- Sept 21 2017, susanah4 How to add "work/study" to transcript (list/not list, and how to list Vo-Tech/apprenticeship hours?) -- May 28 2016, busymama7 What would you call this course on the transcript? -- Apr 3 2017, twinkletoesmamma credit or extracurricular? Hours for a club on transcript (how many hours needed to list as an extracurricular?) -- Nov 18 2016, Deb in NJ Transcript newbie: can I give credit for Robotics Club? -- Sept 14 2017, summer reading Foreign exchange on transcript or academic resume or both? -- Oct 16 2017, ValRN Transcript extracurriculars question (put extracurriculars on the transcript? or if not, where in the college application?) -- Apr 2 2017, lewber How to categorize activities for a future transcript (should personal interest/free time activities in included in some way?) -- Sept 1 2016, zaichiti Volunteer/community service hours (where to put this on the transcript? or not include it?) -- Aug 4 2016, learners4life credits - graduation requirements Do you base high school graduation requirements on local public school standards? — May 15 2018, Innisfree Any NC homeschoolers here? Graduation requirements question — Mar 14 2018, whiteisle ======================== GRADING / GPA grading - overview How to determine grade percentages -- Oct 16 2019, shbucks Tell me how to grade — July 18 2018, 2ndGenHomeschooler Grading software — July 4 2018, FairProspects grading - failed course / credit recovery If a student busts in an outside course (award the low grade on the transcript? do credit recovery?) — Jan 23 2018, Attolia Failed Dual Enrollment course/high school transcript (and retook with an "A" -- credit recovery? list both? other?) -- July 6 2016, blue darling grading scale Transcript grading scale question -- June 7 2018, Garga Grading scale on transcript? Plus and minus grades? -- Sept 20 2016, learners4life Should transcript include grading scale? -- July 13 2015, Juliegmom grading - with +/- Calculating GPA with plus and minus designations — June 11 2018, Reefgazer grading - pass/fail Would it be weird to have on “pass” grade on a transcript? — May 16 2018, RootAnn Transcript with *only* pass/fail marks? -- May 17 2018, Kinsa GPA - weighted / unweighted GPA scale (weighted and unweighted discussion) — Aug 26 2018, daijobu Transcript: weighted or unweighted? -- Nov 17 2017, yvonne Weighted GPA for Honors class? — Feb 2, athena1277 If you weight GPA, what is the weighted scale? — Sept 8 2015, Sebastian (a lady) Weighted transcript (explanation; how to calculate it) -- Oct 120 2015, Reefgazer validation of home-awarded grades Outside validation -- AP, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, etc. -- Mar 18 2019, Caraway ======================== HONORS COURSES What makes a class "Honors"? -- Mar 28 2019, ByGrace3 Honors courses: what is required for the label? — May 3 2018, klmama Did you know that Honors courses have more ‘weight’ on a transcript? — Dec 10 2012, Samia Honors Algebra vs regular Algebra (how to decide/is it worth the time & money) — Feb 15 2018, Kari C in SC Do non-UC [Univ. of CA] schools weight grades in 9th? (I.e., Honors courses on the transcript) — Mar 19 2018, domesticidyll ======================== RECORD KEEPING record keeping One more transcript question (what school work to keep after graduation?) -- Feb 20 2017, TammyinTN Record keeping for high school work done in middle school -- Feb 26, 2016, lovelearnandlive Record keeping, lesson planning, transcripts -- Homeschool Tracker or Homeschool Pro? -- July 19 2016, butterfly113 High school record keeping book -- Aug 2 2017, nurse_kris If I would have started this in 9th grade (manilla envelope record keeping idea and what school work & records to keep) -- Oct 25 2010, Joan in GE course descriptions Course descriptions (many topics discussed) -- Sept 7 2016, Learners4life What goes in a course description -- Oct 8 2016, Reefgazer Some questions about writing course descriptions -- Sept 17 2018, Joyful Length of course descriptions? -- Sept 14 2017, mirabillis Course descriptions: specific order? -- Sept 12 2016, Teresa in GA Course Description template? -- Mar 3 2019, Roadrunner Course description: please share online provider/class — June 7 2017, RootAnn Critique my course descriptions -- Sept 30 2017, daijobu Are these course descriptions okay? -- May 19 2016, Momto5inIN Course descriptions (looking for feedback) -- July 11 2016, Murrayshire Course Description question about grading -- Sept 24 2018, hollyhock2 Course descriptions (ISBN for books or not?) — Sept 16 2017, yvonne Another transcript/application question (put instructor bio on the course description?) -- Sept 14 2017, yvonne letter of recommendation / counselor letter Letter of Recommendation etiquette & ? — Mar 28, 2017, Hilltopmom Letters of recommendation in high school question (collect in early grades of high school for later college applications?) — Feb 4 2018, housemouse Guidance Counselor Recommendation for high school program? — May 6 2018, madteaparty volunteering / community service Volunteer hours (track/not track, and how?) — Apr 15 2018, MASHomeschooler ======================== GRADUATION / DIPLOMA graduation topics Graduation announcements — Apr 25 2017, Attolia High school graduation party questions — May 22 2017, amyx4 X-post: caps and gowns — Jan 28 2017, Brenda in FL x-post [high school board]: Where did you buy diploma, cap & gown, etc? -- June 18 2015, katilac x-post [college board]: Where did you buy diploma, cap & gown, etc? -- June 18 2015, katilac diplomas Do I need to make a diploma? -- July 16 2016, Jean in Newcastle Diplomas (print your own? where to buy?) — Apr 26 2017, Melabella Do colleges ask for high school diploma? — Feb 2 2017, Job121 Mom diploma good enough for non-college bound student? -- Mar 17 2017, bluebonnet girl Homeschool diploma need to meet state standards? -- Apr 6 2015, teeterbunch Does anyone receive a diploma from the state? -- Dec 4 2014, Farrar Homeschool diploma for mostly public school educated student? -- Oct 13 2017, Merry If you issued a diploma, can you tell me what you put for the school name? -- Apr 4 2016, shavan Name of your homeschool on high school diploma (make a name? use your last name?) -- Apr 6 2017, CaliforniaDreamin' Name [of student] on the diploma (student middle name question) -- July 14 2017, Daria Date on high school diploma -- May 21 2015, Nancy in NH What did you use as a diploma certificate (what kind of paper to print it on?) -- Mar 22 2016, Prairie~Phlox ======================== topics & links continue below on page #5 (after 3 response posts)
  2. I'm in NJ and having difficulty interpreting our graduation requirements. When I was in school (many years ago and in another state) requirements were "1 year of", "4 years of", etc. \ But our state requirements include: 20 credits (including English I-IV) At least 3.75 credits per year in physical education, health & safety during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week 15 credits of math (including Algebra 1, Geometry) 15 credits of science 15 credits of social studies (including Modern World History/ geography, U.S. History I & II) 5 credits of world languages 5 credits of 21st century life & careers 2.5 credits of financial, economic and entrepreneurial literacy 5 credits visual and performing arts 15 credits of electives for total of 120 credits So...could someone help me please translate this into years of study? I mean, it seemed clear at first with 20 credits of English, divided by 4 years, 5 credit hours for each year. Math too. But then 5 credits of foreign languages? How would you divide that into years? Etc. Is this just set up for a public school system which has to calculate how many times a week a class would meet? How do you do this as a homeschooler? Thank you for any help here!
  3. HI there, How do high school credits get applied to a student doing BJU DVD through Grades 9 - 12. Not in all subjects. We are looking at using DVDs for Science & History. Many thanks Sherid
  4. If you follow some sort of a nontraditional schedule for high school, whether because you have a student taking DE classes, or who is very involved in an extracurricular, or who is accelerated, or if you school year round, or if you do 4-day weeks, or block scheduling, or unschool, or follow any other scheduling/credit assigning method that is outside of the 36 week/5 day a week school year schedule, I'd like to hear from you. What is your unique schedule? Why did you choose it? How is it working for you? How do you assign credits, assuming you may not be starting a class in the fall and finishing in the spring? Do you count hours and assign the credit when they are done? Or decide how much material constitutes a credit, and assign the credit when that material is completed? Likewise with deciding grade levels: If your student is finishing the material for one "grade" at a different time than May/June, do you consider them in the next grade "early" (or "late")? Or does that really not matter for anything, other than PSAT/NMSF status? I may come up with additional questions, but I could use some inspiration/experience in thinking outside the box for high school scheduling for my rising 9th grader.
  5. Ok, I'm in the middle of planning for 9th grade next year, and I have to say that I feel like wailing in dismay. I was reading the thread on the WTM BIology class, that students are spending 15-20 (at least 10+) hours a week on this one class. This is after a thread where I was informed it was perfectly normal for a student to carry 7 credits. This just does not compute for me, or for the kind of life experience my dd is hoping to have for the next 4 years. What gives? If a student does 6 or 7 credits, and spends 10+ hours a week on each, then they are spending 60-70 hours per week on schoolwork. Really??? I'm thinking that 5-6 hours on 6-7 credits - so a range of 30-42 hours - sounds much more reasonable. Clearly, you can cover much less material this way, particularly if you want to go into reasonable depth. My dd also has significant extracurricular activities that she really enjoys, and she spends many hours per week on each. Giving those up so she can spend 15 hours a week on biology is just not even on the table. Nor should it be, for her, IMO. OK: slightly frantic philosophical rant coming up, you been warned: This isn't directed at anybody in particular, but is more of an existential wail. What is the deal with high school?? Are we thinking that this is the last time in their lives kids will learn anything? Do we really expect children between the ages of 14-18 to master multiple fields of knowledge? Most college classes begin at an Introductory level. Not everybody is interested in every topic to the same degree. Isn't it more reasonable to spend high school gaining exposure to a broad array of subjects - exposure, introduction to the main issues and topics of interest and an understanding of how practitioners in that field do their work - rather than expecting them to master the intricate details and esoteric facts of each field? And focus on giving them the tools to learn - how to read deeply and for understanding, how to express themselves clearly in writing and be able to write in different forms and formats for different purposes, how to organize their thoughts and articulate them clearly, how to form an argument that is valid and recognize an argument that is bogus? And, equally importantly, to figure out who they are, how they tick, what their place in the world is, and what lights their fire and makes them *want* to digger deeper and learn more? :rant: If you've made it this far, thanks for listening. I'm just feeling so frustrated and discouraged by this whole process. I want to make sure my dd has a good education and is prepared for college. But I also want her to enjoy her life, and have time to pursue the things that matter to her. I don't want to put her on a treadmill. I'm not sure where the middle ground lies.
  6. If any of you have used Great Courses as a high school credit course or even as a supplement, I'd love to hear how you did it. The course I'm considering is The history of the US: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/history-of-the-united-states-2nd-edition.html?pfm=UpsellSlider&pos=2&recloc=pdp It has 84 (30min) lectures for a total of 42 hrs. So not enough alone to count as a full credit, but seems meaty enough for a 9th or 10th greater to use as a launch point. How have you used Great Courses to work for you, how do you document it for HS? Thank you for any insight and experiences.
  7. This high school thing ...is new to me and having difficulty making sure that I have enough covered and to determine where to include certain books. :( I have searched intensely on past threads so I hate to duplicate but my list isn't quite the same as everyone else. So for 9th grade my son is taking a Biblical Archaeology class for History which is considered a one credit course along with a few other reads including: Unwrapping the Pharaohs, Unveiling the Kings of Israel, The Archaeology Book. However, on top of that I have this list of books we are reading along side and trying to determine whether they should be in Bible OT Survey (1/2 or 1 credit) or under Literature (1 credit course) so here it goes... Bible reads for OT survey credit for the year: Genesis- Malachi Genesis Finding Our Roots Adam and His Kin Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers study guides Is this enough for a one credit course? Other Biblical reads: Radical, Case for a Creator, and other self help books (too many various ones to mention) Ancient Literature and others included: Golden Goblet- read Cat of Bubastes- read Epic of Gilgamesh- read Holy War - Bunyan- read Codes of Hammurabi- read Screwtape Letters- read Illiad- (7 wks) beginning Odyssey (4 wks) Last Days of Socrates (2 wks) Plutarch's Lives (2 wks) Aeneid - Virgil (3 wks) Have scheduled to complete these in 33 weeks and that leaves me with only about 4 weeks to decide on the following below or could change the ones above that we haven't read yet. Now I am debating on the next ones and trying to figure out which should be done first if we have time from the list above. The Histories (Herodotus), Medea (Euripides), The Republic (Plato), Aristophanes (Comedies), The Gift of the Jews, or Till We Have Faces Probably only have time for one and wanted to read it in the correct order so am needing to decide before finishing the Odyssey. Along with the Literature he is taking Grammar with Abeka 12. Other classes taking this year: Rhetoric (online teacher CAP said it was definitely a 1 credit course) Ancient Literature (see above) enough for 1 credit Biblical Archaeology (see above) 1 credit Algebra II (Derekowens) 1 credit Apologia Chemistry (along with other reads) 1 credit Latin III (online Potters) 1 credit German I (online self paced) 1 credit Bible (OT survey see above) 1/2 or 1 credit? Does this sound good? Also in helps with the Ancient Lit list am looking for ones that do not have too much horrible themes such as in Oedipus and Sophocles. Thanks so much for your help!!!!
  8. Okay so in a few days we will be starting 9th grade! Last time we homeschooled was 5th grade I have posted in other threads what we are doing for curriculum but again here is a quick run down. Saxon Algebra 1 (1 unit) Power Basics Biology (1 unit) -with labpaq labs & extra bio texts for supplementing English 1 (1 unit) -EIL Intro to Lit -wordly wise 9 -easy grammar 9 Global History & Geography I the growth of civilization ( 1 unit) Artistic Pursuits High school ( 1 unit) - This will be drawing & some art history various resources PE ( 1/2 Unit) exercise, biking, archery & tennis lessons Okay so DD already has French I credit & also an elective credit for Rise of Nationalism. She does NOT want to continue French. Do you feel this is enough credits ?? or should we do a Home Ec class that would include nutrition/fitness lessons and we would do cooking/sewing etc.. for another Credit? I just don't want to overwhelm her with too much her first year home. She is going to do her 1/2 credit of health next year in 10th grade. Also any advice or tips on grading, scheduling etc.. to keep things simple and rolling for us as this is all new would be greatly appreciated. I have reviewed the grading forums etc.. but it still seems a bit overwhelming to me. I know we need approx. 3hrs a week for each full unit but would love to hear how you all break down your weeks. & your grading systems Thanks in advance for your input!
  9. My oldest is in 9th grade this year. I had toyed with the idea of doing a half credit of P.E. this year and then an additional half credit next year. But, I looked at the high school group P.E. that our homeschool support group is offering this year, and the planning of 4 six-week units to cover four different sports neatly corresponds with roughly a quarter credit. We would probably then put in a similar time commitment for her remaining three years, with a quarter credit each year. Has anyone done this? Or does it just look weird on the transcript? Erica in OR
  10. My son is in Lausanne for 2 1/2 months. He will be taking 6 weeks of summer vacation French classes at the University of Lausanne. He is will have about 115 hours of instruction but he is not taking the supplimental tutoring that would give him European college credits. He is staying with a French speaking family (or two) in Lausanne. We are definately considering this part of his high school foreign language so I want to give him credit for this rather than consider it an extra, the way one would if one were in public school. (Experiences like this are a major part of our homeschooling philosophy and the homeschooling education we are offering our children.) Nan (Thank you thank you thank you. My son has this opportunity entirely due to the WTM hive and its close ties.)
  11. I was poking around looking for references on what constitutes a "credit" for high school. I found a cool table showing requirements for standard public high school diplomas for each state. While this doesn't bind homeschoolers, I thought it was a cool starting point for planning considerations. (Because reports lag data, the 2010 report seems to be the most recent.)
  12. 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.
  13. How many credits do you think is adequate for a high school Junior? I have 14 credits all together from my two previous years in Public school, so 7 a year. I felt this was a good goal to make for myself, at least 7 credits a year, but for some reason, I feel the need to add more. I just feel like why am I home schooling if not to better my education and get more credits than they would expect in Public School? Second, I am still having trouble deciding if I should put Grammar as a 1/2 year course along with American Literature on my transcript so I would have 1 1/2 english credits, or if I should just put English III with American Lit. for 1 English credit. As far as I know, here, we don't really learn much Grammar in English, just Literature. We did about a month of Grammar last year in English but they tried to cram everything down our throats all at once so I'm assuming that was meant to be good enough for all four years, even though it was no where near close. Third, is this a decent list of classes?: Chemistry- 1 year (Exploring Creation with Chemistry) Chem lab- 1/2 year Pre-calculus- 1 year (Math U See) American Literature- 1 year (Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Amer. Lit. Gold Book) Grammar- 1/2 year (or just add with Amer. Lit.?) (Harvey's Revised English Grammar) U.S. History II- 1 year (All American Series) Health- 1/2 year (Lifepac) Italian III- 1 year (Continental Books) Art History- 1/2 year (Short Lessons in Art History: Artists and their work) Astronomy- 1 year (College text; Astronomy Today 6th Edition) I wanted to add Old Testament Survey to my list to make the credits total come up to 8 1/2 (or 9 if I count Grammar seperately) but I think even without it 7 1/2 (or 8) credits should be enough. Plus, I can't find a good Old Testament Curriculum, I want the History thrown in along with scripture but can't seem to find any like that, so I figured I could do it Senior Year, or not at all. *If you have any better curriculum suggestions from my list of classes above, those are welcome as well. I'm not changing my mind about Math U See though. I need visual aid but can't afford Chalkdust or other's like it.
  14. Hi everyone, As my son is winding up his first semester of high school, dual enrollment is weighing on my mind. He is eligible to dual enroll at our cc in 10th grade, so I've been trying to plan ahead. My questions may have been asked here before, but my searches don't come up with the info I'm looking for. First off, for those of you who award one full credit for a cc class, may I ask why? That had been my intention, but our local high school only awards a half credit, so I wonder if I should follow that guideline (I am not obligated to do so, however). I had thought that the high schools only awarded a half credit so they could keep the kids in school longer, but I wanted other opinions. Another question that has come to mind is the number of cc hours and scholarships. Like many of you, I'm hoping for my ds to receive a scholarship of some amount for college. When I read about the number of cc hours affecting scholarships, what exactly does that mean? I never had the benefit of scholarships (I was the first in my family to attend a university, and we knew NOTHING about having to apply for them, so I didn't~~we thought good students were *found* and rewarded. Many thanks to a good-for-nothing guidance counselor!! How are people supposed to KNOW this stuff if no one tells them??!) Anyway, are all scholarships affected by too many hours, or only the ones offered by individual schools? I have a LOT of research to do on scholarships, because I have only a foggy understanding of how they work. Thanks in advance. I'm sure I will have many more questions as time goes on. Preparing for college is a strange game to learn how to play, especially when there are no hard and fast rules!! ETA: I just realized that my neighborhood high school is on the block schedule, so this further confuses me as to why they only offer a half credit for a cc semester! I am *really* leaning toward awarding a full credit per cc semester now!
  15. For those of us whose students still have several years at home, who are trying to map courses of study....could we have a thread where those of you whose students have been admitted post their transcripts and as many other aspects of the admission process as you have time to share? That would be so helpful... Also, I had been starting to think that hour keeping was not so important from various posts, but then when Jane in NC posted the request from Grinnell admissions, asking the number of hours spent per discipline, I started getting nervous again. (We have been keeping track, but many times when he is working in the evening he doesn't bother to add that on). So I'm wondering how many of you keep track of hours AND do you keep track of "all" hours, meaning if they spend eg 2 extra hours in the evening on homework on one lesson, do you add that into the hours basket?
  16. My oldest will be starting high school in the fall, so all of this transcript/credit stuff is new to me. When I looked online at some high school course catalogs, it seemed that everyone includes literature and composition together as one course. My son will be studying World Literature, which I feel is a complete course in itself. However, he will also be using Warriner's and IEW for English Composition. So if I separate them on the transcript, would I put World Literature (1 credit) and English Composition 1 (1 credit) or should the comp class only count for half a credit?
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