Putting high school credit on your homeschool records can be a tricky thing sometimes, because it’s not always clear how much a credit is. Of course, when you use a curriculum that comes pre-measured, like a math book or a history curriculum, that’s pretty easy to figure out, but other programs and subjects can be more challenging. Recently, a homeschool parent asked me how to determine credit using a particular writing program that didn’t come pre-measured, as well as a math program that was used in college. She also had questions about giving credit for College Level Exam Programs (CLEP) when her student didn’t actually pass the CLEP test. If you follow a few guidelines for giving credit on your homeschool records, all these questions can be easily answered!
First of all, when you use an English curriculum that is not pre-measured, consider the time that your student puts in with the program. In general, 120-180 hours is considered a full high school credit, and 90-120 is considered a half credit. But remember, with subjects like English, you can include all English-related activities, like reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, penmanship, etc in your time counting.
In general, if you do some work in English every day for about an hour, or 5 hours a week, your student will earn a full high school credit in English. Another way to determine whether your student has put in enough time is to consider whether it’s a subject they love. If it is, and you can hardly make them stop doing it, no doubt they will have earned a full credit. Of course, if you’re using a pre-measured curriculum, you don’t have to worry about any of this, because it’s already been determined for you, but otherwise, these tips will help you determine what to record on your child’s high school records.
When you use a math curriculum that’s college level, like my friend did, the credits are the same across the board. One whole college course is worth one whole high school credit. If you use a college math course in high school, it’s worth one credit. Some college courses are considered to be complete after 70% of the curriculum has been mastered, which also translates to your homeschool. If your student completes 70% of such a curriculum, they have earned one high school credit.
If your student studies for a CLEP test, they are studying for a college level exam, one that measures a college level of learning, while they are still a high school student. Even if they don’t pass the official CLEP exam, if they’re close, at least 60%, you can give them high school credit. It’s possible to repeat a CLEP test 6 months later, and if you want your student to earn that college credit, it’s valuable to repeat the test. Just make sure they will definitely pass the test, with a comfortable margin of error, before they take it for the second time.
There are multiple ways to award high school credit on your homeschool high school records, beyond the standard pre-measured curriculum method. Consider the time, content, and learning that have been put in, and then make sure to give your child what they have earned on their records.