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!
I stumbled on the Frederick County Public Schools website describing their policy.
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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.
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!
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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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
My son completed Algebra 1 w/Integrated Geometry in 8th grade. Is there a way to carry those credits over to 9th?
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
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 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?
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
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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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