I understand that some homeschool parents feel uncomfortable giving grades, but grades are the love language of colleges. Some parents tell me they chose not to list grades on their children’s transcripts, and that it was a mistake. They lost money in scholarships because they didn't list grades. Avoid giving pass or fail grades which may be interpreted as a very low grade, and can lower the overall GPA.
All grades are subjective. Teachers in public schools also give subjective grades, just like you. Do your best to provide objective grades, and put grades on the transcript that you believe to be honest and true. Giving this necessary information gives colleges the opportunity to award your child with admission and scholarships.
In addition to grades, include course credit values on your child’s transcript. One high school credit represents one completed textbook or about 120-180 hours of work. If a class lasts half a year or around 75 hours of work, it is a half credit course. You don’t have to meticulously count the hours, though. If your child is working about one hour per day for the school year, that is one credit. If your child is working about one hour per day for half the school year, then give them half a credit.
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