This post marks the halfway point in this 5 day series of Homeschooling through High School. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Day 1 for some encouragement and Day 2 for making your four year plan. Today, I’m going to discuss credits. Just so you are caught up to speed, credits are mentioned in the previous posts.
Credits Needed for Graduation
Like I’ve mentioned before, be the amount of credits that your high schooler needs to graduate depends on your particular state. Be sure when you are researching how many credits are needed, that you use the correct graduation year since it can change from year to year. Also, the amount of credits required might also vary on whether you are planning on going to a vocational school or an university.
Courses are either taught for one semester or for the full year. One semester equals a half credit (.5) and a full year would give the student a full credit (1). One full credit means a minimum of 135 hours of instruction. (Note: not all states require to keep hours or days so check your state’s law to what determines how a credit is received.) A half credit would equal to half the amount of work. Typically, the courses that provide a half credit are economics, government, geography, health, P.E, and possible electives. Of course, if the student worked all year on the subject, then they earned the full credit.
Have a Paper Trail
I would advise to keep some documentation of the student’s work in case the credits are ever questioned. Typically, I would keep a description of the course, textbook information (copy the Table of Contents), grades, and any reports and projects that were completed.
The most important thing you can do for your high schooler is keep good records. If you need to keep track of the hours, I would make a chart where the hours could be calculated. There’s a simple one on Donna Young’s website where you can just track the time spent for each course on a single page. I usually just had my kids use a timer and spend a set amount of time for each subject. That works great most of the time. But of course, you will have those times when the interest is sparked and they just don’t want to quit.
Be sure to come back tomorrow because you won’t want to miss Transcripts and Portfolios.