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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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.
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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