Can your child work on high school level work in middle school in your homeschool? Absolutely! One of the advantages of homeschooling is that your child can work at whatever level they’re at; this can mean grade levels above or below their age mates. While it is important to focus on those fundamental skills in middle school, it can also be a great opportunity to start on some high school level work. If your child has worked way ahead in a certain subject, and is doing high school level work, you can give them credit for it on their homeschool high school transcript.
How do you determine what high school level work looks like? If the curriculum is marked high school level by the publisher, then that’s easy, you know it’s a high school course. For math, Algebra I is considered high school level, for instance.
So, how do these credits work on your homemade transcript? If you go to TheHomeScholar.com, and you click on “Services” and then “High School Transcripts” you will see links to two sample transcripts: one organized by year and one by subject. Now, on the transcript which has courses listed by subject, the ones which were the early high school credits are not identified. In the transcript where they are listed by year, these courses are identified as “Early High School Credits”, above the list of ninth grade classes, tenth grade classes, etc. I gave my children high school credit for each of those courses that I knew were at a high school level that they had worked on during their middle school years.
Don’t worry about ending up with extra credits on your high school transcript. It’s ok to have more than the typical 24 or so credits for high school in ninth through twelfth grade! Your child will stand out from the cookie cutter kids from public school and wow the college admissions office! For more information and help with creating your homeschool high school transcripts, check out my Total Transcript Solution at The HomeScholar.com.