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Credit History: Getting High School Credit for your Homeschool Work

Many homeschool parents wonder in the back of their minds: just how long can I do this? How far can I take my student? Naturally, high school is often a sticking point.

I’ve heard from other parents, “I can teach through middle school but after that, they’re going to high school.” Many are intimidated by their own memories of high school math and sciences, while others worry about the scope and rigor of the humanities.

We’re fortunate to live in an area where there are many good options for grades 9-12, so transitioning from home school to high school is not an uncommon choice.

In Maryland, the state does not award diplomas to home school students at graduation. Credits needed to earn a diploma are only granted by state-accredited institutions – the state won’t grant a diploma based on your home school portfolio review.

However, if you choose to enroll your student in public school during their high school years, your still may be granted credit for their home school work. Here’s how the general process works in my county:

Credit is determined by subject. Assemble your portfolio materials and bring it to your school, usually to your student’s academic/guidance counselor. The review seems to generally be conducted by the head of that academic department. Under state law, the school can include tests, exams, or interviews with the student to determine placement or credit.

Upon application of a child for admission to a public school from a home instruction program,the local superintendent shall determine by an evaluation the placement of the child and anycredits to be awarded toward high school graduation. The evaluation may includeadministration of standardized tests and examinations and interviews with the child.

Maryland COMAR 13A.10.01.04 I recently went through this with my school, and the results were varied. Math was the easiest, we were granted credit immediately.  English took a little longer but credit was granted there, as well. We’re working through the process with biology, and I’ll keep you updated on how that goes.

Why go through all the trouble? Because you need a certain number of credits, per subject, to graduate. If you don’t try to claim your home school work for credit, you either have to enroll in summer school, or else take academic classes where you would otherwise have taken electives. 

Next time: looking at portfolio assembly for math.

Posted by on September 4th, 2018

The dangers of Siri

Writing prompt: Disgruntled worker takes revenge by regularly sneaking into office of nemesis and using their voice activated remote controls to screw with their life (readjust household thermostat or lights, changing scheduled appointments, etc)

Posted by on June 8th, 2017

Why use the Oxford Comma

Because: “I would like to thank my parents, Mother Teresa and the Pope.”

Posted by on March 16th, 2017

writing prompt, 10/5: Seriously? (at last)

Every morning you wake up and live the same day, over and over again. You’ve noticed that certain actions will alter the eventual outcomes of the day, but you still haven’t quite figured out what combination will get you out of this endless loop once and for all.

Posted by on October 5th, 2016

writing prompt, 10/4: Seriously? (the end is in sight)

Bleary-eyed, you reached into the medicine cabinet and took what you thought was a couple of aspirin. After certain events the following morning, you dig through the cabinet in a panic to discover that you did NOT take aspirin, you took something that belongs to your suspiciously weird roommate. The under “side effects” on the warning label is an additional sticker that reads:
“MAY CAUSE SUPER POWERS”

Posted by on October 4th, 2016

writing prompt, 10/3: Seriously? (this does end, I promise)

Living in the fairy tale wood, you wind up in a situation where the witch next door demands that, in payment for your actions, you must give her your firstborn.
“But I already promised my firstborn to the OTHER witch,” you reply.

Posted by on October 3rd, 2016

writing prompt, 10/2: Seriously? (this seems familiar)

You’ve come to regret faking your own death.

Posted by on October 2nd, 2016

writing prompt, 10/1: Seriously? (What, again?)

You are the gatekeeper to (heaven, hell, you pick) and every day you process souls trying to enter your realm. Until one day, you find someone trying to get through the gates from *this* side.

Posted by on October 1st, 2016

writing prompt, 9/30: Seriously? (again)

You discover an old piece of writing you posted online as a joke (because you thought it was so bad) has, years later, attracted a huge cult following.

Posted by on September 30th, 2016

writing prompt, 9/29: Seriously?

Always prepared for a zombie apocalypse, you awake from a brief coma to discover that while you were asleep, the zombie apocalypse has happened…

…and also been resolved, all before you woke up.

Posted by on September 29th, 2016