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Grades are Subjective

Grades are Subjective
I understand that some homeschool parents feel uncomfortable giving grades, but grades are the love language of colleges. Some parents tell me they chose not to list grades on their children’s transcripts, and that it was a mistake. They lost money in scholarships because they didn't list grades.  Avoid giving pass or fail grades which may be interpreted as a very low grade, and can lower the overall GPA. All grades are subjective. Teachers in public...
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How to Calculate Homeschool GPA

How to Calculate Homeschool GPA
Each year, update your homeschool transcript to include your finished classes. Remember to recalculate the grade point average. Forgot how to do that?  Here is a brief review of how to calculate homeschool GPA: Assign each class a credit value. Assign each class a numerical grade. Multiply each class credit by it's numerical grade. That gives you the grade point for that particular class. Add all the grade points for all the classes that are complete....
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Hi Marcella, I think you may be overthinking this a bit. Here's the truth - all school districts across the nation have their own ... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:18
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GPAs are acceptable to colleges, and many will require them if they are not included. I believe that parents really NEED to create... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 01:17
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If you are a homeschooling parent then YES you can calculate a GPA with no assistance. There is only one exception: if you are not... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:30
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook , while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions. This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (...
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The difference between accredited and official transcripts

The difference between accredited and official transcripts
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an "accredited" and an "official" homeschool transcript? Sally discovered that her son could play on a private school baseball team - IF he entered that school's Independent Study program.  The school says he needed an accredited transcript from his 9th grade year to prove that he was in the 10th grade this year.  She was under the impression that his work was accredited basically by her.  The school...
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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Grading Estimate

Grading Estimate
Let me guess.  You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right?  Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived!   Some homeschoolers think it's tons of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment.  For me, that doesn't sound like fun.  I was not one of those people.  Plus I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading...
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This Book is a Must-Read

This Book is a Must-Read
It was so nice to see a new 5-star review of my book, Setting the Records Straight.  Sometimes positive encouragement is so... encouraging! Setting the Records Straight 5-Star Review by Susan Kilbrid This book is a must-read for those of you who are thinking of homeschooling through high school.  Lee Binz goes through the process of making a homeschool transcript step by step and makes what to some is an overwhelming job seem easy. The book...
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th

Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th
Join The HomeScholar for a free LIVE presentation! “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” will give you the information and confidence you need to succeed in creating AMAZING homeschool transcripts that the colleges will LOVE! There will be lots of time to get your high school record keeping questions answered by an expert! Everyone who registers will receive an audio recording of the class, so while we are together you can just sit...
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Evaluate Without Grades

Evaluate Without Grades
When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...
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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Drill Sergeant Not Needed
Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it! I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is...
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The Homeschool Librarian Loved This Book

The Homeschool Librarian Loved This Book
Susan Mythen "The Homeschool Librarian" reviewed my book on Amazon.  You should hear what she said! " I loved this book. Loved.  I wouldn't say that it's the most comprehensive book out there, but the areas that it does tackle are done impeccably, and leave the reader feeling confident about their ability to see their homeschooler through to graduation and beyond. This book doesn't try to be all things to all people;  it focuses on documentation...
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Amazing Records! A Model for Others!
Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers! Dear Lee, We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said, "Your documents for your son when...
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Homeschool Credit for Special Courses

Homeschool Credit for Special Courses
If you’re struggling to evaluate your student’s courses, and how to assign credit, you’re not alone!  A lot of parents have a particularly hard time figuring out how to evaluate special courses, such as the culinary or fine arts.  One approach is to think of all the different skills that your child demonstrates. In culinary arts, sometimes people come up with things like shopping, meal planning, and menu creation. Other times people will list general skill...
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