Today I’m going to show you how you can use a simple planner to map out all the courses and determine credit when homeschooling high school.
Use this guide to map out a four-year high school credit plan for your student in 3 simple steps.
Planning is a must when it comes to homeschooling.
Being able to map out your school years and terms in a planner and seeing it all in one place is a helpful tool to have.
Now I’m all about using digital tools to help make life easier.
But, I am also the type of person who needs to see things written out on a piece of paper. Are you like this too? There’s just something about writing it down and seeing it there that really gives me satisfaction.
Call it old school if you must, I prefer retro.
I sat down and created a planner designed to do exactly that. A yearly breakdown of all requirements for high school in one place.
Grab yours below then let’s get started.
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You’ll get the most out of this planner by filling it out in three steps or phases.
- Determining credits
- Mapping out the four-year picture
- Mapping out by year
How to Determine High School Credits: Homeschooling
Phase One: Credits
You will first need to find out how many credits your student will need in order to graduate. This is different in each state, just google it for yours.
In our state, students need 24 credits for graduation and it’s broken down like this:
Lab Science 3.0
Social Studies 3.0
Foreign Language 1.0 – 3.0
Fine Arts 1.0 – 3.0
It’s important to know this information before you start planning out which courses your student wants to take.
You also may want to talk with your student to find out what their plan is for after high school. Many colleges and trade schools have certain requirements that must be met.
It’s fine if your student doesn’t know what they want to do yet. Just plan it out assuming college is in their future, you can always make adjustments in a year or two.
Go ahead and download the planner above and begin filling out the requirements for your state on the first page.
Phase Two: Mapping out the four-year picture
The second step is to map out the core subjects into your Course Plan of Action: Overview which is found on page 2.
In this planner, you can write in the subjects you know your student will be completing.
A good starting point is to put in English since your student will need to take it all four years to earn 4.0 credits. You will also want to add in Math, Science, and History in this area for any year your student will be taking them.
Once you have put in all the core subjects, you can move on to the electives or other subjects. Other subjects would be P.E./Health, Foreign Languages, etc.
If you need some elective ideas, check out this list.
If you’re looking for more information on these elective ideas, check out my post 25 High School Elective Ideas for Your Home School.
That’s where I go into more detail about each one, including links to where you can find some great curriculum for each subject.
Phase Three: Mapping out by year
Once you have completed phases 1 and 2, you can then determine which courses will be taken in which term for the year.
You’ll find pages 3-6 of the planner break it down by grade and is made just for this purpose.
Remember, courses worth 1.0 credit or 160-180 hours must be taken for the entire school year.
Courses worth 0.5 or 80-90 hours need only be taken for one term or half the school year.
Within the planner, you can include community service/volunteer work in the notes section to later be added to your child’s transcript.
That’s it, you’re done! Good job getting organized.
I hope this has helped you get a solid four-year plan determined for your student.
Stick this planner into your homeschooling binder to help keep it in one place.
Use this guide when deciding on future schedules to ensure your student is taking everything they need to get where they want to go.
Need help finding the right curriculum for your child? Check out some of my curriculum reviews here.
Also, some great resources for online curriculum are:
Outschool – paid online courses in a variety of subjects
Teachers Pay Teachers – paid and free worksheets and lesson bundles
CTC Math – full math curriculum from kindergarten through high school
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