Homeschool High School Transcripts- the 26 Credits Needed for Graduation

Education gets serious when we face homeschool high school transcripts! Here are the 26 credits needed for graduation:

26 Credits Needed for Graduation

Homeschool High School Transcripts – the 26 Credits Needed for Graduation

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In my decades of serving as upperclassmen advisor to our local homeschool high schoolers, I had the opportunity to help hundreds of homeschool high schoolers meet requirements for graduation while building college-attractive transcripts.

Here are some things that have helped our teens find success on their homeschool high school transcripts – the 26 credits needed for graduation (and college attractiveness). Note that each state and each college have varying requirements – it is always good to check department of education and college websites to make sure you’re on track.

Homeschool high school transcripts – the 26 credits needed for graduation

  • 4 credits of English (Language Arts)    

Topics can cover any area of interest such as British Literature, World Literature, Great Christian Writers, American Literature, C.S. Lewis Studies or be a mixture of interest areas.

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  • 4 credits of Mathematics

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus (some students will need this for college acceptance, others will not), Financial Literacy/Consumer Math, (other topics may include Statistics)

  • 4 credits of Social Studies

American History, World History (can be a creative course like History and Philosophy of the Western World), Geography .5 credit, American Government .5 credit, Economics .5 credit, Social Science .5 credit (ie Psychology or Human Development) or Elective Social Studies .5 credit

  • 4 credits of Science

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Biology with 30 hours lab, Chemistry with 30 hours lab, Health (may include Human Development, Nutrition Sciences), remaining credit will be a lab science such as Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Marine Biology, etc

  • 2 or 3 credits World Language

Must be in the same language

  • 2 credits Phys Ed
  • 1 credit Fine Arts
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Art, Drama, Dance or Music

  • 1 credit Technology

Includes any computer-related topic such as keyboarding or coding, photo/movie editing, church technology- sound systems

  • 3 credits Career Exploration  

Career Exploration courses include apprenticeships and volunteer work in the homeschooler’s interest areas, specific introductory training courses such as Early Childhood Education, an actual Career Exploration course, 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 

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These are important because they add *sparkle* to the transcript- also intentional character and spiritual development. They can include subjects of personal interest such as Apologetics, Home Ec, Bible, Philosophy, or extra courses in Arts, Science, History, Language or Literature.

26 total credits 

Don’t forget to add sparkle to the transcript! Click here for some ideas.

Relax! Homeschool high school- you CAN do it!

Click here to read about HSLDA’s recommendations for high school credits.

The 26 Credits Needed for Graduation

Homeschool High School Transcripts- the 26 Credits for Graduation

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Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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