CAN THESE BE USED FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS?
The short answer is: yes, absolutely!
You can complete 9-10 full units per year (12 lessons each) and have “regular” school subjects (history, science, etc) each equal 1 credit.
Or, each 12-lesson unit can count as 1/4 – 1/2 “elective credits.” See details below.
The long answer is….
Many parents use different methods of determining credits for their high school student.
With our units and their flexibility, some families prefer to use credit hours toward regular school subjects (IE: history, language arts, science), where others prefer to apply everything toward “electives” or “work experience.”
For instance, if a child was job shadowing a professional chef (in real life or through one of our units) and learning math skills to use while ordering supplies as a head chef, that student has the option of counting this time as “math” or counting that time as “work experience/elective.” It just depends on where they want the credit to be applied. As a homeschooling parent, you can pick one or the other (not both).
How to record high school credits for your transcript:
- A common method used to record credits is “time spent” within each school subject (Carnegie Unit). If this is your preferred method, you can skip to HERE.
- Another way to measure credits is by “textbook completion” or “mastery” (these credits are determined by the creator of the textbook or alternative). If this is your preferred method, keep reading.
- Another way to measure credits is by “life skills,” “community service,” or “work experience” completion (this is something even public school students must compute). If this is your preferred method, keep reading.
Mastery/Textbook or Work Experience Completion (for those who wish to use this as an extracurricular):
Our 12-lesson units are written to count as 1/4 credit, if using as an extracurricular. This is if the student also completes the included Core Connections which revolve around the unit topic
- This can easily be adjusted to 1/2 credit if parent requires that the student to do additional research/hands-on application/etc
High School Transcript Example:
Elective – Intro to Military: 1/4 credit
Elective – Zoology: 1/4 credit
Life Skills/Work Experience – Veterinary Science: 1/2 credit
Carnegie Unit method
To count credits toward regular school subjects (core, not extracurricular), the Carnegie Unit method looks like this:
- A full credit can be given when the student completes ~120-150 hours of work on a given subject (varies by state; some require ~180).
- A half credit can be given when the student completes ~60-75 hours of work on a given subject.
- A quarter credit is with ~30+ hours.
Here is how it could look if you opted to use the units this way:
UNIT TITLE (IE: MILITARY)
- History/Social Studies: ~60 minutes
- This much time is spent each day within the unit (if the student completes the entire lesson, including SYW pages)
- Science (physics/chemistry): ~50 minutes
- Science in this unit is found in Core Connections
- NOTE: only ~15 minutes of reading/writing, followed by hands-on application
- Language Arts/English (Core Connections): ~50 minutes
- This is found in Core Connections
- NOTE: only ~15 minutes of reading/analyzing, followed by hands-on application or extension
- Math: Not included in this unit, although it is in others
- Ethics (Think Tank prompts with group discussion and critical thinking): ~30 minutes
- Included in every unit
- NOTE: Only ~5-10 minutes of reading, which is followed by 20 minutes of discussion/debate
- Bible: ~30 minutes
- NOTE: Only ~10 minutes of reading, which is followed by 20 minutes of Bible reading on the topic and/or discussion
- Faith Talks are included in every unit
High School Transcript Example for 1 unit (10 units/year in parenthesis)
- HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES: 1/10 credit per unit (1 credit per year)
- SCIENCE: 1/10 credit per unit (1 credit per year)
- LANGUAGE ARTS: 1/10 credit (1 credit per year)
- ETHICS (ELECTIVE): 1/20 credit (1/2 credit per year)
- BIBLE: 1/20 credit (1/2 credit per year)
*You will need to use a separate math curriculum.
**Different families have different desires for language arts, so depending on your preference and state requirements, you may or may not want to use an additional supplement for a more rigorous approach.