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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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!
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. :-)
Hi Lita! That's the opinion of HSLDA, and you are the principal of your own homeschool, so you get to make the decision for YOU that will work the best for your homeschooler. I have not seen that in practice in public schools, so I'm pretty sure it's a preference decision.
Hello Lee (and Robin), I had this question earlier this year and thought it helpful to share this: HSLDA recommends "students completing a high school course prior to 9th grade do so only if they intend to take more advanced levels in that subject area in later years of high school. For example, a student may take Algebra 1 in 8th grade in order to have time to fit in Calculus before graduating. Or a student may take Physical Science in 8th grade in order to take a college level or AP science course later in high school." My son studied World History in 8th, but if I do not have plans for an advanced history course before graduation, I was dissuaded from including it on the transcript for high school credit. Apparently colleges want to see progression in a subject all the way through to graduation if early credits are recorded. I think in most cases this would happen naturally for college bound students, but their information reminded me look ahead and make sure I was planning well.
Why shouldn't you count high school level social studies? If a child takes hs level government in eighth grade do they need to retake it in high school?
In her blog post Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool, Lee talks about giving children high school credit for high school work---even in middle school. She's with you---why wouldn't you?! I think you'll like this blog post too: How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?
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My rising 8th grader will take Alg. 1, Physical Science (w/ lab), One Year Adventure Novel (HS creative writing credit), and a Church History (elective) credit. North Carolina public universities want a 'rigorous' senior year schedule. Getting some of the early credits completed in the 8th grade creates a great way to focus on the student's potential major during the senior year.
You don't need to mention that they took the class in 8th grade. Just say "early high school credits" and list the completion date. You can take my free class on transcripts to hear me talk about that: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-transcripts-webinar.php.