What courses does your teen need on his/her transcript in order to be college attractive?
First, let me say something very important: There is no ONE right way to homeschool.
Homeschool High School Transcripts: The 26 Basic Credits You Need
However, it is helpful to have some guidelines in choosing courses for the transcript. I am going to share the requirements from the homeschool umbrella school where I have served as the upper-classmen advisor for years.
1) Each state has different requirements for graduation. You can check Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s website for this information. (You should also join.)
2) Check your local colleges to see what they are looking for in their incoming freshmen. (Their websites will have this info.)
3) Our umbrella school’s requirements are on the high side but have been useful in creating powerful transcripts and getting these teens into college:
4 credits of English (Language Arts)
4 credits of Mathematics
-Financial Literacy/Consumer Math
4 credits of Social Studies
-Geography .5 credit
-American Government .5 credit
-Economics .5 credit
-.5 credit of a topic of personal interest
4 credits of Science
-Biology with 30 hours lab
-Chemistry with 30 hours lab
-Health (can include Human Development, Psychology, Nutrition Sciences)
-remaining credit will be a lab science such as Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Marine Biology
2 or 3 credits World Language(must be in the same language)
2 credits Phys Ed
1 credit Fine Arts (includes Art, Drama, Music)
Click here to learn more about the importance of fine arts in your homeschool.
1 credit Technology (includes any computer topic, photo/movie editing, church technology- sound systems, music powerpoints)
3 credits Career Exploration
-Career Exploration courses
-various apprenticeships and volunteer work
-specific introductory training courses such as Early Childhood Education, simply to see if the student enjoys the subject
-OR any of the above required courses that prepare a student for his chosen college major (for example, all the science courses are career exploration for a future biology major)
2-3 Electives (these are important because they add sparkle to the transcript– also intentional character and spiritual development)
-subjects of personal interest such as Home Ec, Bible, Philosophy, Worldview
-extra courses in Arts, Science, History, Language or Literature
26 total credits (Our umbrella school’s students usually graduate with more than 26 credits.)
This may look overwhelming but think about it this way:
For a homeschooler, all of life is education. He is earning credits in lots of different ways.
Besides the basic academics. It is your job to capture what he/she is doing naturally in life and honor that in credit form.
Click here to read about how to prove your credits mean something on your transcript.
Download the FREE Career Exploration Questionnaire to help your teen discover:
-career shaping experiences
-how to look for God’s leading
-what to do next