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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

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 23

Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 13 November 2015 10:00

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.
Blessings,
Lee

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. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lita on Thursday, 12 November 2015 20:02

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.

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.
Guest - Samantha on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 19:07

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?

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?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Thursday, 03 September 2015 16:43

Exactly, Samantha!
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?
Blessings.
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Exactly, Samantha! 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? Blessings. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Tracey on Friday, 15 May 2015 17:15

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.

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.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 18 May 2015 17:36

Good thinking, Tracey!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Good thinking, Tracey! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 27 September 2014 08:13

Hi Heather,
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.
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Heather, 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. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Heather on Saturday, 27 September 2014 06:20

Thank you for posting this! I was wondering how to handle this situation just last week as my son took HS level Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Do you recommend stating on the transcript what grade the class was taken in?

Thank you for posting this! I was wondering how to handle this situation just last week as my son took HS level Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Do you recommend stating on the transcript what grade the class was taken in?
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