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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

How to get high school credits in middle school? That's a big question! If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language in middle school, put that on your transcript and earn early high school credits!


Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School


Why? Because when it's honest and true it goes on the transcript. And because schools do it too!

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I stumbled on the Frederick County Public Schools website describing their policy.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT EARNED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Maryland State Board of Education allows local boards of education to grant graduation credit to middle school students who take high school courses in middle school. These courses must have the same expectations, curriculum and final exams as the equivalent courses taught in high school.The following FCPS middle school courses have been identified for high school credit:

• Algebra 1
• Geometry
• World Language levels 1 & 2 (i.e. German 1, 2, Spanish 1, 2, Latin 1, 2, French 1, 2, etc)


Students who pass these courses and the final exam will automatically be granted high school credit. These grades will be reflected on the student’s high school transcript and included in cumulative GPA calculations.

So, if your child is in middle school, he or she can still earn high school credit. If they have done Algebra 1 or higher, high school biology or higher, or high school foreign language, then it does go on the transcript. One way to determine if a class is a high school class is to look at the curriculum description from the producer of the class in question. Often, they will say if it is a high school class or not. Electives typically aren't considered high school classes, but an advanced history class might be. It's also a good idea to check your state homeschool requirements to see if there are any regulations for your state regarding this. (Just be sure you are looking at HOMESCHOOL requirements and not public school requirements. They are generally not the same.)

Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School



There was an article in The Columbus Dispatch a couple of years ago, called "Middle-schoolers get additional shots at taking high-school courses." In Hilliard, 8th graders are eligible to take classes for high-school credit, including science, math and foreign languages.

Are you surprised?

As a side note, it is really quite interesting the angle that the public school article takes. They claim that by allowing students to take high school classes early, they will burn out, like in sports when too much is allowed too soon. The article goes on to say that the public school works closely with the parents to decide whether it is a good idea to allow middle school students to take those early classes. The beauty of homeschooling is you know your student best, and you know when they are ready. Homeschooling is a go-at-your-own-pace world, and our kids often thrive because of it.
Learn more about high school credits in this free webinar!  “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts

If middle school is causing you to have anxiety, never fear! You can read my article, Taming Middle School Anxiety for guidance. It will help you formulate a plan for success!

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Comments 28

Guest - Mittal Patel on Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:24

Hello Ms. Lee,
How and when can my 7th grade son take math and science test for high school credits. He is very good in math and in GT at charter school system. He has won some math competition or had done well in them. Don’t know if there is a pretest options (like pre-sat) to see where he need to practice more and where to get material to cover few missed concepts? Your suggestion and guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Hello Ms. Lee, How and when can my 7th grade son take math and science test for high school credits. He is very good in math and in GT at charter school system. He has won some math competition or had done well in them. Don’t know if there is a pretest options (like pre-sat) to see where he need to practice more and where to get material to cover few missed concepts? Your suggestion and guidance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Robin on Monday, 25 January 2021 21:16

Hi Mittal,

Since your son is winning in math competitions and passing math exams (as Lee stated above) you can give him have high school credit on the transcript you make for him, even if the charter school doesn't give high school credit on their records (but ask them if they will!)

Because your son is winning in math competitions and passing math exams it is unlikely that there are many "missed concepts" but Lee gives ideas for "Math Games and Supplements" in her article, High School Math at Home

I hope that helps!

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Mittal, Since your son is winning in math competitions and passing math exams (as Lee stated above) you can give him have high school credit on the transcript you make for him, even if the charter school doesn't give high school credit on their records (but ask them if they will!) Because your son is winning in math competitions and passing math exams it is unlikely that there are many "missed concepts" but Lee gives ideas for "Math Games and Supplements" in her article, [url=https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/high-school-math]High School Math at Home[/url] I hope that helps! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - lisa on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 19:30

Should I take Algebra 1 or Spanish 1?

Should I take Algebra 1 or Spanish 1?
Robin on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 19:36

Definitely. WHEN you take them is completely up to you, however.

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Definitely. ;) WHEN you take them is completely up to you, however. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Tasnima Mohammed on Saturday, 23 January 2021 00:37

Do have to take a test after finishing the course? Please answer me I need it!!!

Do have to take a test after finishing the course? Please answer me I need it!!!:(:(:(
Lee Binz on Saturday, 23 January 2021 17:23

It's not necessary to take a subject test, but often it's helpful to use a curriculum that provides enough feedback so you know you have completed one whole level. So completing a math textbook - there are often tests to make sure you understand. And using a foreign language curriculum - there is usually an indication that you have finished the material. So there is no specific test you need, but if there is a test within the curriculum it can help you check for understanding before moving on.
Blessings,
Lee

It's not necessary to take a subject test, but often it's helpful to use a curriculum that provides enough feedback so you know you have completed one whole level. So completing a math textbook - there are often tests to make sure you understand. And using a foreign language curriculum - there is usually an indication that you have finished the material. So there is no specific test you need, but if there is a test within the curriculum it can help you check for understanding before moving on. Blessings, Lee
Guest - RHONDA HUTCHINSON on Friday, 10 July 2020 18:14

Hi my son took physics in 8th grade then again in 10th grade. Both are listed on his high school transcript that I just received. Do they both count towards cumulative high school gpa or only 1 of them. He received 1 credit in both. Im thinking maybe he didn't need to retake it in 10th but we did not know at the time that the 8th grade classes counted for high school

Hi my son took physics in 8th grade then again in 10th grade. Both are listed on his high school transcript that I just received. Do they both count towards cumulative high school gpa or only 1 of them. He received 1 credit in both. Im thinking maybe he didn't need to retake it in 10th but we did not know at the time that the 8th grade classes counted for high school
Lee Binz on Friday, 10 July 2020 20:20

Rhonda,
If your student was in public/private school then you can't change the transcript, and I would add those to your homeschool transcript exactly they way they listed it. It's possible that the 8th grade and 10th grade physics had different content.
If your student was homeschooling for both of them, or for either of them, then I would only count the 10th grade class on your homeschool transcript.
I hope that helps!
Blessings,
Lee

Rhonda, If your student was in public/private school then you can't change the transcript, and I would add those to your homeschool transcript exactly they way they listed it. It's possible that the 8th grade and 10th grade physics had different content. If your student was homeschooling for both of them, or for either of them, then I would only count the 10th grade class on your homeschool transcript. I hope that helps! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Princes on Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:59

My daughter is in 7th grade and wants credits high school can she and how

My daughter is in 7th grade and wants credits high school can she and how
Lee Binz on Saturday, 23 January 2021 17:20

When you are homeschooling independently, she can earn high school credit by using high school curriculum in math, science, and foreign language. Just make sure it's appropriate for her ability level so she doesn't get overwhelmed.
Blessings,
Lee

When you are homeschooling independently, she can earn high school credit by using high school curriculum in math, science, and foreign language. Just make sure it's appropriate for her ability level so she doesn't get overwhelmed. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Shelly on Thursday, 02 January 2020 15:50

Lee,
I have a question that is basically the opposite of this article. What if my child is behind in say, math. And he is working through a 8th grade curriculum (textbook) that is marked '8th grade'-though the content is algebraic in nature, but he is a freshman... How would I present that on a transcript?
Thank you for your help

Lee, I have a question that is basically the opposite of this article. What if my child is behind in say, math. And he is working through a 8th grade curriculum (textbook) that is marked '8th grade'-though the content is algebraic in nature, but he is a freshman... How would I present that on a transcript? Thank you for your help
Lee Binz on Thursday, 02 January 2020 17:10

Hi Shelly,
Thanks for asking that question! When a child is high school age, ALL classes are counted on the transcript. After all, if your child was in public school, every class would be on the transcript, right? You should do that too! So you put it on the transcript for SURE, and then you are honest about the content, naming the class accurately. 8th grade curriculum is equivalent to pre-algebra, so you can call the class general mathematics (if you decide to do pre-algebra next year) or call it pre-algebra if you are going into algebra next year. And by the way, while algebra is the most common math class for 9th grade, pre-algebra is a very normal class for a freshman to take.
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Shelly, Thanks for asking that question! When a child is high school age, ALL classes are counted on the transcript. After all, if your child was in public school, every class would be on the transcript, right? You should do that too! So you put it on the transcript for SURE, and then you are honest about the content, naming the class accurately. 8th grade curriculum is equivalent to pre-algebra, so you can call the class general mathematics (if you decide to do pre-algebra next year) or call it pre-algebra if you are going into algebra next year. And by the way, while algebra is the most common math class for 9th grade, pre-algebra is a very normal class for a freshman to take. Blessings, Lee
Lee Binz on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:12

Yes, absolutely! Just call it "Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry" and put that under "Early High School Credits" on your transcript. You can see record keeping samples with that kind of information on the transcript here: https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/record-keeping-samples
Blessings,
Lee

Yes, absolutely! Just call it "Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry" and put that under "Early High School Credits" on your transcript. You can see record keeping samples with that kind of information on the transcript here: https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/record-keeping-samples Blessings, Lee
Guest - Guest on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 17:04

My son completed Algebra 1 w/Integrated Geometry in 8th grade. Is there a way to carry those credits over to 9th?

My son completed Algebra 1 w/Integrated Geometry in 8th grade. Is there a way to carry those credits over to 9th?
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 29 July 2016 09:45

Hi Kathleen,
I suggest keeping early high school credits to JUST math, science and foreign language, with few exceptions. If a child takes a high school class - then perhaps yes. But in middle school, you are trying to keep kids challenged, and using a high school level English program is part of keeping them challenged. It doesn't mean you need to give them high school credit. That said, mom always knows best For more information, you might like this book: Homeschooling Middle School with Powerful Purpose: How to Successfully Navigate 6th through 8th Grade (It's a Coffee Break Books, intended to be a quick and easy read.) https://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Middle-School-Powerful-Purpose/dp/1515358402
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Kathleen, I suggest keeping early high school credits to JUST math, science and foreign language, with few exceptions. If a child takes a high school class - then perhaps yes. But in middle school, you are trying to keep kids challenged, and using a high school level English program is part of keeping them challenged. It doesn't mean you need to give them high school credit. That said, mom always knows best :) For more information, you might like this book: Homeschooling Middle School with Powerful Purpose: How to Successfully Navigate 6th through 8th Grade (It's a Coffee Break Books, intended to be a quick and easy read.) https://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Middle-School-Powerful-Purpose/dp/1515358402 Blessings, Lee
Guest - Kathleen on Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:48

Hi! I'm sorry if this seems already answered, but I just want to confirm my understanding. I have noticed a pattern in discussions around the web regarding Early High School credits in that everyone mentions math, science, & foreign language. I have even seen one public school website that specifically said only those subject classes would be allowed high school credit when taken during middle school. So, I was beginning to think colleges maybe didn't like seeing Early High School Credit for subjects like English or History until I read your response to Samantha's comment. So to clarify: My student may earn Early High School Credit for any subject he takes in Middle School *so long as* that subject course is done at a high school work level (i.e. completing an English course written for high schoolers). Is that correct?

Hi! I'm sorry if this seems already answered, but I just want to confirm my understanding. I have noticed a pattern in discussions around the web regarding Early High School credits in that everyone mentions math, science, & foreign language. I have even seen one public school website that specifically said only those subject classes would be allowed high school credit when taken during middle school. So, I was beginning to think colleges maybe didn't like seeing Early High School Credit for subjects like English or History until I read your response to Samantha's comment. So to clarify: My student may earn Early High School Credit for any subject he takes in Middle School *so long as* that subject course is done at a high school work level (i.e. completing an English course written for high schoolers). Is that correct?
Guest - Kimberly on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:37

Hi Lee, My daughter will be entering 7th grade and starting Algebra 1. Do I have to wait until 8th grade to count it on her high school transcripts?

Hi Lee, My daughter will be entering 7th grade and starting Algebra 1. Do I have to wait until 8th grade to count it on her high school transcripts?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 12 February 2016 14:36

Dear Kimberly,
Lee often recommends including high school level work from middle school on your high school transcripts. You can read about that here: Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Dear Kimberly, Lee often recommends including high school level work from middle school on your high school transcripts. You can read about that here: Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 13 November 2015 11:23

I'm so glad it helped, Lita! "It will and should look different" - good words!
Blessings,
Lee

I'm so glad it helped, Lita! "It will and should look different" - good words! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lita on Friday, 13 November 2015 11:14

Hi, Lee. It is helpful to me that you encourage creative and even courageous ways to see our kids through, making the most of all their efforts. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I think kids who enjoy learning and preparing for college will apply themselves all the way through...and that will and should look different for each student. You are a blessing to this me. Thanks again. :-)

Hi, Lee. It is helpful to me that you encourage creative and even courageous ways to see our kids through, making the most of all their efforts. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I think kids who enjoy learning and preparing for college will apply themselves all the way through...and that will and should look different for each student. You are a blessing to this me. Thanks again. :-)
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