**Disclaimer: All information presented on this blog is based on our best understanding of current homeschool laws in the state of Florida at the time of each posting, and in particular the homeschool laws for Hillsborough County, where Class Source is located. However, we are not legal experts, and the information posted in this group does not constitute legal advice. Homeschool laws can vary by county and state. If you are uncertain of the homeschool regulations and requirements in your area, please verify using your local resources. The HSLDA website has a resource which allows you to look up homeschool laws by state, and is a good place to start: https://hslda.org/legal.**
This week's FAQ is:
What about high school credits and transcripts? How do I know what counts as a credit?
This is a common question from home-educating families with teenaged students. The reality is, there is no way to “give credits” as a home-educator. Accrediting institutions bestow “credits” to accredited schools based on that school’s courses meeting a certain set of educational parameters (120 hours of course material for a high school course, etc.) For those of you who attended public school yourselves, do you remember how rare it was to actually finish the complete book in a class in high school? While home-educators are not “accredited” institutions in and of ourselves, we also don’t need to be – there is no binding requirement for this in the state of Florida’s eyes.
There is much freedom and flexibility in how you can approach differing subjects and how you can count these as the equivalent of credits on your child’s transcript. You can utilize life skills and real-world activities to count toward directly-related subjects on the transcript, such as involving your children in the household budgeting process for economics and math, reading book series together and having family discussions on their themes and implications for literature, and more. You can even track your child’s current GPA by comparing what you’ve done at home to the typical credits required for high schoolers in your county, and weighting your child’s grades according to the usual weighting system. There are free online resources to help you with this, such as this one from the Homeschool Legal Defense Agency: https://hslda.org/post/how-to-calculate-a-grade-point-average-gpa.
When your student completes high school, if you have declared as home-educating with the county, you will be assembling your child’s transcript yourself based on your good-faith reporting of what your child has covered during their high school years. (There are resources to help with this, don’t worry! You can find a good one here, for a start: https://hslda.org/post/free-high-school-transcript-templates.) If you have been keeping basic records or a simple portfolio of your child’s work, or utilizing a class program which provides structure and grades (like Class Source), it is fairly simple to assemble their records into a professional-looking transcript when the time comes.
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