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How to Include Bible on a Homeschool Transcript


Homeschoolers are often Christian families - and they often include Christian education in their homeschool. Let me show you how to include your study of faith onto your transcript. After all, Christian high schools include faith-based classes on their transcript, and you can too! 

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Your normal, natural study of the Bible and faith can be included on your high school transcript. 120-180 hours is one credit, and 60-90 hours is half credit, or a semester. If your child works for an hour per day on Biblical study, then give one credit. If your child works 1/2 hour per day on studying the Bible, then give half credit.

I encourage you to be specific in your class title when you can. Instead of calling it "Bible" you could mention the topic of what was covered or give a more detailed and descriptive title. First, look over the resources you have used, and look for a common thread. Then consider these ideas:

New Testament

Old Testament

Wisdom Literature

Epistles of Paul

Bible Worldview

Biblical History

Biblical Studies

Philosophy

Christian Life

Worldviews

Comparative Religions

Bible as Literature

As a part of your transcript packet, create a course description for all high school classes. Elective courses have descriptions too, and they are no more important nor less important than other course descriptions. Some colleges may read only the core class descriptions. Others feel those classes are 'proven' by the SAT or ACT test and may read only the course descriptions for electives. It's hard to know which course descriptions are going to be important, so I encourage parents to treat all classes equally, and write descriptions for all of them.

Give a grade for the class, just like you would in all your other classes. A grade for this class in no more important nor less important than giving a grade for a math class. A "pass or fail" class can have a negative impact on how a college perceives your GPA, to give a real letter or number grade. You can give a grade of A or 4.0 if your child met your high expectations, put in the work, did as they were told, and completed their "assignments" even if those were family requirements more than school requirements.

Like a Christian private high school, you get to decide on your policy about your Bible classes. It could be an elective in your homeschool, or it could be a required course, like math has classes in algebra and calculus.

Perhaps like you, my Bible class included morning devotions, scripture, church attendance, youth group, and regular faith-based non-fiction. I didn't use a curriculum, and my goal was for my children to grow up, love the Lord, and love reading scripture. Our "Bible Class" was a normal part of how we lived our life.

I wanted to include Bible on my transcript, as a full and accurate description of what we did. I wrote course descriptions to show that it was of equal importance as math and science. I decided that Christian universities were used to seeing Christian education classes, from the Christian high school applicants. I decided that a public university was accustomed to seeing transcripts from Christian schools, as well. I knew that public universities love diversity, and that emphasizing our Biblical worldview would bring much-desired diversity to their secular campus. For those reasons, I decided my Bible classes were not "electives" but were a core class like English. Just like I had a label for math classes and science classes, I also had a label on my transcript for our Bible classes. And just like I had course descriptions for my other electives, I had a course description for Bible classes, even though they were done independently.

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