soon as your child begins working on high school level subjects,
start a high school transcript.
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Public schools in the midwest get accredited from: North
Central Association (www.nca.asu.edu) They set these standards
for granting credit for high school level work:
Hour: successful completion of a course which meets
one period per week for one semester of at least 18
weeks. (1 credit)
Unit: completion of course that meets 40 min/day, 5
days/week, 36 weeks or 120 clock hours. (1 unit)
by performance: school establishes guidelines by which
credit may be given on a performance basis by means
of approved assessments of varying kinds covering the
content ordinarily included in a regular school course
in the subject.
Study Programs: planned programs of independent learning
in which students need not attend classes a specific
amount of time during the semester. Credit is granted
for satisfactory performance on proficiency exams or
for successful completion of curricular units, steps,
or phases as comprising the equivalency of a unit of
through extension, correspondence, and televised courses.
for study abroad and military experience.
Credits: You are the principal, counselor, and teacher
of a small private school. Like a small private school,
you grant credit any way you want.
the same terminology and grading system as the public
schools to prevent confusion.
Have your child complete the same number of credits
and/or units required at public schools, minimum.
your common sense. If it seems comparable to public
high school level work, take it. Public schools grant
high school credit for remedial reading through calculus.
Making the Most of Extracurricular
Activities for more information on recording elective
great resource for keeping track of your extracurricular
activities is The Checklist!
are mainly a sorting mechanism for public schools. Some
students have to be at the top, some at the bottom,
and the rest in the middle. Grades do not necessarily
give an accurate picture of what a child has learned.
Read more about abolishing GRADES by
however, use grades to speak the same language
on transcripts for high school. Use letter grades
and the 4.00 grading system to avoid confusion.
As for subjects you feel your children have
mastered or completed as required. Tell college admissions
what you did. They are not as concerned with the
grades your homeschool child received as they are
what he actually studied and how he went about studing
it. This is best demonstrated through a portfolio.
most commonly used grading symbols used and recognized are
A, B, C, D, and F. Generally they are understood to mean
Excellent, Outstanding, Superior Achievement, Completed
assignment as required.
= Commendable, Good Achievement
= Acceptable, Adequate Achievement
Minimal, Poor Achievement
= Failure, Unacceptable Achievement
to prepare a transcript.
the following at the top of the page:
students full legal name, birth date, sex,
address, phone number, and social security number.
name of the parents or legal guardians.
name of the school, if applicable.
list of the subjects studied, the dates studied, the
grade awarded, and credits earned.
the units earned for each subject studied. North Central
Association (the accrediting agency for public schools)
assigns units as follows:
Unit: This is the amount of credit given for the successful
completion of a course which meets 40 minutes daily,
five days per week, for at least 36 weeks, or the equivalent
amount of time within the school year. The equivalent
time is 120 clock hours.
by Performance: The school establishes guidelines by
which credit may be given on a performance basis by
means of approved assessments of varying kinds covering
the content ordinarily included in a regular school
course in the subject. A school also may use assessments
as the basis for admission of students with educational
experience for which transcripts of credit are not available.
Study Programs: The school may provide planned programs
of independent learning in which students need not attend
classes a specific amount of time during a semester.
In such instances, credit may be granted for satisfactory
performance on proficiency examinations or for successful
completion of curricular units, steps, or phases established
by the school as comprising the equivalency of a unit
Programs: Credit may be given provided the program is
under the supervision of the school.
methods of obtaining credit include: Study Abroad, Credit
through Military Experiences, Credit through Extension,
Correspondence, and Televised Courses, and Credit for
Summer School Study. For more information, check their
website at: http://www.ncacasi.org/standard/ems
general, Academic subjects such as English,
Math, History, Science, Government, etc. are usually
assigned one unit (2 credits) per year.
subjects such as home economics, physical education,
music, art, woodworking, etc. are usually assigned
.5 unit (1 credit).
difference between an Academic and Non-academic
subject is that the Academic subject
includes an instructional component. An instructional component
is the addition of reading, research, and written assignments
to the subject being studied. Example: To earn a unit in
music appreciation, in addition to taking piano lessons,
the student could read biographies of great musicians and
listen to a variety of music styles and forms. They could
do some research on musical instruments, music terms, and
the history of music and then create a written report about
their study in music. (See Elective
Course Descriptions for more information.)
education is no longer required in Oklahoma for high school.
If giving credits for physical education, credits are usually
earned at a rate of .5 unit (1 credit) per year.
unit of music and art are required in Oklahoma. This can
be earned by the student taking music or art lessons at
a rate of .5 unit (1 credit) per year. If you add an instructional
component to their music or art lessons during the year,
they would earn one full unit for the year.
is usually earned at a rate of .5 unit (1 credit) per year
unless an instructional component is added.
no instructional component is added to the activity,
list it as an activity or extracurricular.
a write up about extracurricular activities the student
has had piano lessons, drama class, etc.) and special awards
or educational opportunities.
is especially important to list any leadership roles the
child has had and volunteer or work-study programs where
particular skills were learned. Be sure to list the skills
any hobbies or home businesses in which the child participated
where he learned particular skills such as bookkeeping,
graphic arts, marketing, etc. This might be another area
where you can add an instructional component to create a
to Figure GPAs.