A public school mom said that if my child takes AP classes they are weighted heavier and you need more than a 4.0 to get into some colleges...Only in 9th now...have time to figure it out but how do you weight AP credits?
~ Rebecca on Facebook
This is such good advice, Lee. When I was in high school, back when the earth's crust was still warm, there were no AP courses or honor classes. The first time I heard of someone graduating with higher than a 4.0 I wondered how. Then someone told me it was due to an A+. Yesterday our paper published the graduation section for the surrounding schools, listing all the valedictorians and salutatorians, and there was someone with a 5.065 or some such thing. Other schools list by percentages (107.825).
The bottom line is, these graduates all have different teachers for different classes, and different class sizes, and a top graduate in a class of 600 is in the same position as one from a class of 16. Both are still valedictorians.
When homeschoolers take classes outside the home, or use a tutor, the transcript can seem a little complicated. You can make it easily understandable by simply using acronyms for outside classes.