Levels indicate the rigor of the high school credit that was earned.
Colleges like to know whether a student was working at an average high school level or putting in the extra hours and effort to legitimately earn an honors credit.
How to Decide Homeschool Transcript Levels
7Sisters curriculum makes it easy to adapt the learning to your desired level! All 7Sisters’ ebook curriculum resources include easy-to-use instructions for deciding the level at which your student will earn his or her credit. Suggested enrichment activities, supplemental reading, and optional writing assignments are included in our ebooks because we want to make the curriculum adaptable to the needs of students at various levels.
Vicki Tillman has created Pinterest boards to accompany most of the adaptable ebook curriculum in the 7Sisters’ store, so if you want even more ideas for “leveling up” you can visit her boards for inspiration.
Here’s a basic explanation of how to adapt any curriculum you are using to the desired level:
The simplest approach is to use as your starting point a basic high school text (not remedial curriculum, but not brain-bending, either). This is Level 2. The work for a Level 2 credit will typically require 2-3 hours per week total instruction and independent work time combined for a student with no learning challenges. (Level 1 would be remedial materials for a student with learning disabilities.)
To get to Level 3, College Prep, supplement that text with activities, enrichment assignments, additional reading related to the subject, field trip experiences and the like. By the time a course is demanding 4-6 hours per week (up to 8 for a literature course if a student reads a bit slowly), it mimics the rigors of a college course and is considered Level 3.
Moving to Level 4, Advanced, means taking the College Prep class and adding learning activities equivalent to approximately 67.5 hours over an academic year, or assigning the reading of 8 high-school level books related to the subject. A Level 4 credit should be in essence 1 1/2 times as much work as a Level 3 credit.
Homeschooling a gifted student, or building a powerful transcript in an area of particular talent and passion? Doubling the amount of work expected for the Level 3 College Prep credit will turn it into an Honors credit at Level 5. Log hours of activities, read supplemental books and articles, or use a combination of the two, but an extra 135 hours or 16 books on the subject matter should be added to the College Prep requirements before a credit should be listed as Honors on the transcript.
Vicki’s written several in-depth posts on levels for the homeschool transcript. Check them out here for more detail:
And for tips on creating The Perfect Homeschool Transcript, by Vicki: