This past year we had the opportunity to graduate our first homeschooler. Let’s just say it was AWESOME… but it was also a time of stress, worry, and doubt. This was something that we had never done before, and we were worried sick that we would mess up our daughter’s future. We were stressed because though we had researched and found out everything that we could about homeschool high school records, we still had never done this before. I have to thank my friends at Let’s Homeschool High School for all the great information that truthfully made all the difference in the world.
The biggest worry that most homeschool parents have is understanding the basic requirements over “credits.” Truthfully every state might have a slightly different take on this subject but overall the credits and their assignments are pretty much the same. One of the biggest questions asked is “How much credit do we assign for a particular course?” The idea behind this goes way back to how “credits” first began to be used. Which takes us all the way back the “Carnegie Unit.” In the early days of high school and college there was not a “standardized” way to figure what a student had accomplished during his high school years. This brought about the use of the credit or Carnegie Unit. This was developed so that colleges across the country could at a glance see that students had studied the accepted amount of time for each particular course. So, the fundamental guideline here was TIME.
This brings us now to the question of how much time equals a credit? Well, typically 120-180 hours of coursework equals one credit and 60-80 hours equals a half credit. That will help many homeschoolers who give credit for work experience or volunteering. You can simply keep track of the hours spent, and log the credits accordingly.
However, if you are working through a regular school course who has the time to track every hour you spend studying? The easier way here is to understand if you have a one year course it usually equals one highschool credit. Conversely, if you have a one semester course it will equal a half credit. This would also go hand in hand with dual enrollment at community colleges. If your student completes a one semester course through a college, this would translate as one highschool credit.
Sure, it can get pretty tricky. Let me share a great infographic that my friend Kerry has made to make simple this idea of homeschool high school credit equivalencies. If you have encountered any other types of high school courses that are difficult to translate into credit please share your experience with us!