What about Honors classes? I see you didn't "weight" the grade for Honors English. Don't the public schools do this? If I wanted to would I make it a 1.5 credit course, or a 5.0 for the grade? We used James Stobaugh for American Lit and it was very rigorous, plus Evan is taking Brit Lit with a teacher this year who is even more demanding (really a college level I think).
Lee is not in favor or weighting classes, but in her article Two for the Price of One she says, "Make sure you put every college level course on the transcript, no matter how you prove the class (community college or CLEP exam) and no matter how old they are."
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I was not going to assign grades for everything or to weight but we are submitting to the NCAA and they require grades. They want weighting as well. Those things calculate the minimum scores required on the SAT.
So I am weighting like the public school in town does, with the same scale.
honors or pre-AP 5.0
My only confusion is the high school offers dual credit classes inside their building and gives only 5.0. My son is taking CC dual credit in the classroom so I would think that is the same as AP! Note the school does not encourage the taking of many AP tests (!) and kids takes 4-6 APs each year (not just in their subject strong area).
I plan on doing an honors math course next year with my daughters and intend on just assigning the typical 4.0/1 credit. As you stated, it's much easier and it seems like the colleges do as they want anyway. I will follow your suggestion to make a special note in their transcripts about the course being college-level, etc. Thanks for your input on this subject.
If you decided to weight your classes, then any class that was honors level or AP or pass a CLEP then you might either grade it on a 1-5 scale or perhaps give it 2 credits per class instead of 1 credit per class. It's quite complicated, and that's why I don't usually recommend it. It's just not worth the effort!
On what criteria would you "weigh" a home school class as Honors? How do you decide if it's "college" or AP level?
In my experience, altho' I did not weigh, my children did honors history and english. They were far better prepared than their public school counterparts once they got to (private) college, and tested out of several Freshman level courses. They also told me that, contrary to what they had heard about college being MUCH harder than high school, they had no problem! Both made Dean's list, one every single semester so far!
I tried to incorporate games into our homeschool whenever possible, in order to make school fun. We played math games, art games, and economics games. They would giggle when I wrote on the assignment sheet "Play 30 minutes of Masterpiece" or "Play SAT Game." Making homeschooling fun is a great way to instill the love of learning.
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