As my oldest enters the realm of high school I find myself treading on unfamiliar territory.
Credits, transcripts, dual credits, ACT, SAT - OH MY!!
Q: Credit? What constitutes a credit?
A: A full year course is equal to 1 credit. Typically 1 credit is equivalent to 120-180 hours. A 1/2 year course or 60 hours merits 1/2 a credit. Elective classes are usually 30 hours (1/4 credit). On average 6-8 credits are earned per school year.
Q: Which classes should my freshman be taking to ensure she receives enough credits (general course of study)?
A: Language Arts - every year
Math - 3-4 years Suggested classes:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
Science - At lease 3 years of laboratory science classes. A good combination includes a year of each of
History/Social Studies - 1 full year of U.S. History, 1 full year of World History, & half a year of
- Chemistry or Physics
- Earth/Space Science
U.S. Government & Economics
Foreign Language - 2-3 years
Arts - 1 or 2 semesters in the arts is a good choices (include studio art, dance, music, & drama)
Q: What are electives?
A: Typically courses that fall outside of the main core academic subject areas. Electives are not required, but a student chooses to take them. They typically reflect a teen’s interests, introduce or improve skills, or are directly related to a future career. Electives do not require as much time or work as a core subjects, but should include educational content.
Possible electives include the following:
- Business Related
- Fine Arts
- Life Skills
- Physical Education
- Social Sciences
Q: What is a transcript & where do I get one?
A: A transcript is a record of the courses your child completed in high school, the credit he/she earned for each course, & a final grade for the course. They also include a grade point average & personal information for identification purposes. You can create a transcript for your child. For sample transcripts & step-by-step instructions see HSLDA High School Website.