Monday, November 8, 2010
Getting started on high school records
This week's Blog Cruise question: How do you handle high school requirements/transcripts, etc.?
Well, I don't officially have a high school student yet, but my oldest is earning some high school credits these days. I'm not necessarily the best person to be asking about high school requirements, I'm afraid, but I'll throw out what I am doing, and please... if you have suggestions, I would love to hear from you.
Requirements: I checked out a number of places, but have mostly relied on HSLDA's before high school page. They have three sample four year plans, one for non-college bound, one for general college prep, and the plan I'm using as a basis for Connor -- a rigorous college prep plan.
According to that plan, we are looking at 4+ credits in English, Math, History and Science, plus 3-4 credits in Foreign Language, 1-2 credits in both PE and Fine Arts, and 5 credits of Electives, for a total of 26-30 credits.
We took that outline, and using the TOS Student High School Planner, we filled in a rough outline for high school. I'm finding the planner to be incredibly helpful, actually, in a lot of my recordkeeping for high school. With the planner forms, I can track PE hours, volunteer work, reading logs, and far more. It feels like I'm on top of things. Ask me in a few more years...
As for transcripts, I'm trying to fill in information as we go and as we complete courses. I will undoubtedly have to recreate these in another couple of years when he actually needs them, but at least I will have most of the information already compiled.
For the rest of my kids? Well, I'm planning on at least the general college prep guidelines (per HSLDA, above) for all of them. Really, the difference between "general high school" and "general college prep" is to do the upper end of credits in all the categories that have a range (history suggests 2-3 credits for general high school and 3-4 credits for college prep, so we plan for 3) and to add math credits.
My take on high school is basically that there is not a very big difference between general high school and general college prep, so unless I have a good reason, my kids are going the college prep route. Some will choose to take it up a notch and go for rigorous college prep.
Check out what other of my Crew Mates have to say about high school. And please, please... leave me a comment with your suggestions.