During my daughter’s high school years we followed a college preparatory curriculum. During this time, she took a total of five classes outside our home. I thought it was important to document these courses to show that she was capable of learning in a classroom environment and completing work assigned by independent teachers. Two of the classes were in a co-op setting, and the other three were held in classrooms at a private Christian school. This school partnered with homeschool instructors by allowing them to use school facilities, even though the instructors were not part of the school. The way I chose to show this information on the course description was to list the Instructor’s name followed by any credentials. For example:
English: Composition 3
Instructor: Terri L. White, BA English
Fine Arts: Speech I
Instructor: Kate Hicks
In the description of the course I included the statement: This course is taught in a class setting by a private instructor.
Prior to committing to the class, I asked the instructors for a course description so I could know what to expect from the class. When I began writing course descriptions, I sat in a few classes, then took what the instructors gave me and expanded the scope to create a course description for the transcript package including a listing of assignments and grades. I solicited input from the instructors and asked them to critique the course descriptions I had written. My request was well received, and between us we produced a course description that accurately reflected what was being taught.
I did not include the locations of the courses, nor did I include a separate page that listed the outside courses.
Wow! Thank you for the detailed description, Chris! You have a wonderful plan for your course descriptions. Keep up the good work!
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