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Homeschool High School Transcripts: The 26 Basic Credits You Need
First, let me say something very important: There is not ONE right way to homeschool.
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. (We are not affiliates, but we highly recommend their organization and that you also join.)
2) Check your local colleges to see what they are looking for in their incoming freshmen. (College 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)
- Language Arts is a huge credit that encompasses Literature, Writing, Grammar or Editing Experience, Vocabulary and sometimes, Public Speaking. Here is a post with more details explaining how a Language Arts credit works.
- Because we 7Sisters found years ago that much of the curriculum available in Language Arts was boring to our teens, we created no-busywork downloadable guides, adaptable to different interests and abilities and geared for developing necessary Language Arts and thinking skills.
- Literature Study Guides based on real books (includes vocabulary). Individual guides for classic and contemporary books or full-year topics such as:
- Writing Guides each competency area that are user-friendly and broken into daily assignments (includes editing experience and rubric):
- Public Speaking (our popular introductory course for individuals or co-ops that take the fear out of speaking)
- 4 credits of Mathematics
- Algebra II
- Financial Literacy/Consumer Math
- 4 credits of Social Studies
- American History
- World History
- 7Sisters engaging History and Philosophy of the Western World is a favorite of homeschool high schoolers because it gives them their World History credit while introducing them to the philosophic ideas and people of each age. It is a fun, lighthearted, user-friendly downloadable text.
- Geography .5 credit
- American Government .5 credit
- Economics .5 credit
- Social Science .5 credit
- Examples of Social Science include Psychology and Human Development. Some colleges also include American Government and Economics as Social Sciences.
- 7Sisters’ popular Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective presents an introductory level Psychology course that teens can actually like (rather than the overkill of many high school Psychology courses)
- 7Sisters’ delightful Human Development from a Christian Worldview prepares teens for real life by helping them understand the ways people grow and change from womb to old age.
- 4 credits of Science
- Biology with 30 hours lab
- Chemistry with 30 hours lab
- Health (can include Human Development, Nutrition Sciences, if you have a supervising organization and it approves those topics)
- 7Sisters High School Health for the Whole Person covers spiritual, physical, emotional, social and safety health in a low-key, user-friendly, no-busywork format that homeschool high schoolers tell us they love
- Remaining credit will be a lab science such as General Science, Astronomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Marine Biology. Here is an episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast that explains how to earn a credit in Astronomy.
- 2 credits Physical Education
- Many states only require one credit, but teens really need to care for their bodies. Listen to this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast that gives lots of fun ideas for practical Phys Ed credits.
- 2 or 3 credits World Language (must be in the same language)
- Teens who are thinking of majoring in a World Language in college, might need 4 credits.
- Listen to this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast on How to Teach a World Language if You Don’t Know One.
- 1 credit Fine Arts (includes Art, Drama, Music)
- Click here to learn more about the importance of fine arts in your homeschool.
- Our homeschool high schoolers have LOVED drama. 7Sisters’ Sabrina has developed and taught our wildly popular drama curriculum for years. We have available:
- 1 credit Technology (includes any computer topic, photo/movie editing, church technology- sound systems, music powerpoints)
- 3 credits Career Exploration/Career Pathways
- Career Exploration courses. 7Sisters Career Exploration Bundle is one of our most popular courses.
- Various apprenticeships and volunteer work
- Specific introductory training courses such as Early Childhood Education, simply to see if the student enjoys the subject. 7Sisters Early Childhood Education course gives a low-key, hands-on experience with the career to homeschool high schoolers who are interested in exploring the possibility of teaching young children.
- 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
- You can capture what they are doing naturally in life and honor that in credit form.
- For instance, our local soccer players got extra Phys Ed electives for soccer.
- Our local homeschoolers who were interested in nursing or pre-med, volunteered at the hospital and earned Career Exploration electives there
- Our local homeschoolers interested in HVAC took courses at the community college geared for high schoolers interested in trades. These counted as Career Exploration electives.
- 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 homeschoolers, all of life is education. They are earning credits in lots of different ways.
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 values
- career shaping experiences
- how to look for God’s leading
- what to do next
Homeschooling high school years are the best years of all. Don’t be intimidated by the homeschool transcript. You and your teens can do this!