Iguana Art Academy courses are more than qualified for earning high school credit. If you are educating your children at home, you know the importance of tracking the time invested in their classes. Following are tips to help you.
Advice on assessing high school credit
From the Home School Legal Defense Association:
“For courses that do not use a standard high school-level textbook, log the hours that your child spends completing the course work. One credit is approximately 120-180 hours of work. The upper end of this range (180 hours) is usually appropriate for lab science courses, while 150 hours is the average for a year long academic course such as English or History. Don’t become legalistic in keeping track of each minute, but generally, when evaluating credit for an academic course, a good rule of thumb is 50 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 36 weeks, for a one-credit course.
“Logging hours is a good method of determining credit for elective courses such as art, music, sewing, carpentry, web page design, etc. The lower end of the range (120 hours) is fine for elective courses. For a half-credit elective, log approximately 60 hours; for a quarter-credit elective, log approximately 30 hours.” Source: Excerpt of HSLDA article Evaluation of High School Credits
Free transcript template
To satisfy government and colleges with proof of education, you must have a transcript of your studies. You can download a free transcript template (MS Word doc) from HSLDA. Click here to download. Edit per your personal records and state requirements.
For a more in-depth discussion of calculating and evaluating high school credits, the following are handy references presented by HSLDA:
- Article: Preparing for College
- Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis
- Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+u+la, Updated by Barbara Edtl Shelton
- Fast Transcripts—HSLDA’s High School Transcript Service
The Home School Legal Defense Association does a great job of both defending the right to homeschool as well as ensuring that parents are providing a complete education that equals (and often exceeds) national education standards. Contact them at hslda.org.