The best way to keep accurate records of your children’s high school courses is with a few simple forms available on the FPEA.com website. The first is called High School Credit Tracking Worksheet and the other is the High School Transcript.
The point of the Tracking Worksheet is to allow the parent to outline the courses for the full 4 years of high school thereby assuring that the student will complete all necessary course work. The Transcript is not a plan for the future, but rather reflects the completion of each class along with the grade and credits.
The Tracking Worksheet acts like a guidance counselor. Plug in the courses that you plan on teaching for each year. For example, an English course for Ninth grade would be entered as English I or English I Honors and so on. Options for the Junior and Senior years may include AP Language and AP Literature, or Creative Writing. Math has many choices; however, because 4 classes in Math are now required. Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are almost always included. A relatively new course, Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications may be ideal for the fourth class if the student will not be doing Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry.
The High School Transcript is a tool that is used to compute grade point averages and to list all the courses taken in for high school credit. Many families begin taking high school credit classes in Eighth Grade. That allows the students to complete the 26 credit hours for the Advanced College Prep High School Program. Other families simply want to add electives that fit in with the students’ career choices. The calculation for the grade point average (GPA) will include adding the points for each grade and then dividing by the sum of the course credits earned. With honor classes a half point is added to the total; therefore, an A would equal 4.5 points instead of a 4.0. AP classes and dual enrollment classes add a full point to the grade points earned.
By using both these tools having a plan and creating a high school transcript are not daunting tasks.
By Leslie Jones, FPEA Relationship Ambassador. Leslie has an MA in Special Education and has home schooled her three children on and off for over 15 years.