Assigning High School Credit and Planning High School at Home

Summary:  How to assign homeschool high school credit in 3 easy ways, plus planning high school at home.  #homeschoolhighschool #getintocollege #assignhighschoolcredit

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What is a credit, anyway?

And when we get in the business of assigning credits to our kids, where will that lead us?  Will we lose the very benefits that led us to homeschooling in the first place?

At first assigning high school credit seemed so daunting to me.  Would we have to finish every textbook, cover to cover, or calculate every quarter hour and record it on a form....?  And could we still make our own homemade courses for some subjects?  


As homeschoolers, we look for signs of learning, and as we work with our kids, 1 on 1, we know what they are getting and what they are missing....Assigning credit is just a way to translate what your child has accomplished into terms that the outside world can understand. 

Well, we found it to be a lot easier than we first thought.  We found that we could assign credit and still keep our homeschool style.

Below are three ways to approach high school credits, and we used all of them.  We needed to ramp up our recordkeeping, but still kept our nurturing, homeschool flavor, .....well, most days, anyway! 

I put this into a FREE PDF called How to Homeschool High School below.  Use your email to sign in for this, and then you get to keep your own PDF!  And feel free to unsubscribe anytime!


3 Easy Ways to High School Credit
and 4 Steps for Planning to Homeschool High School 

Planning High School at Home and dealing with the College Option

When we began thinking about high school, it was a little daunting to us.  

We had been homeschooling for years, but the thought of doing high school meant that we would have to make transcripts, assign high school credit and other things that we did not yet know how to do.

We went ahead and homeschooled all the way, and I am so glad that we did.  Homeschooling prepared our teen well for college and kept our family relationships strong, throughout the important teen years.

Are you looking for my best tips on planning your high school homeschool

I wrote a second edition of my book, based on my experience homeschooling high school and helping my teen get accepted to college. 

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition 

The 17 Chapters include:
>Chapter 1 - Skipping Public School and How to Start Homeschooling if you are a Newbie
>Chapter 2 - 101 Reasons to Homeschool High School
>Chapter 3 - Researching and Getting Started
  Chapter 4 - Planning High School and Making a 4 Year Plan
>Chapter 5 - Choosing Your High School Curriculum
>Chapter 6 - Three Ways to High School Credit
>Chapter 7 - Making Your Teen's Transcripts
>Chapter 8 - 100 High School Electives
>Chapter 9 - Making Homemade Courses
>Chapter 10 - Writing a Winning College Essay
>Chapter 11 - Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
>Chapter 12 - The Common Application - Your GUIDE
>Chapter 13 - Preparing Your Teen for College Writing
>Chapter 14 - Dealing with College Testing SAT/ACT
>Chapter 15 - Top Sources for College Scholarships
>Chapter 16 - Dealing with “Those Questions” from Others
>Chapter 17 - Don’t Forget the FUN!

>There are 12 downloadable high school homeschool planning printables plus a transcript form for you to just fill in. The kind of transcript form that the colleges are used to seeing.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a Christian and mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from the early years onward.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition.   She offers homeschool help through BJ's Consulting. 

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  1. This is such a wonderfully, thorough explanation Betsy! Complete with links to resources - thank you!

    1. Thanks so much for your nice comment, Hodgepodgemom!

  2. This is great - very clear. It helps to alleviate my concern of homeschooling high school. :)

  3. Thanks, Eva,

    So nice of you to stop by and share! I hope that this blog series will be of help to you and others who are homeschooling high school. Your comment will serve to encourage others!

  4. Great post, Betsy! I'm featuring you on the blog hop this week!

    1. Thanks, +Anne Campbell, and I'll be hopping over to the Hearts for Home blog hop tomorrow! I enjoy seeing all the posts, and checking out all those great ideas!

  5. Betsy, I have visited your blog a few times and really have enjoyed all your writing. This one is no different!!

  6. Thanks, Bekki Sayler, for your kind comments! That is so nice to hear I try to make my posts easily readable and approachable, to encourage families who are homeschooling high school. Thanks again for stopping by BJ's Homeschool. If you are interested, I am on google plus, at +Betsy Sproger.

  7. Great ways to get the high school credits :) Thanks for sharing on this week's Inspired By Me Mondays; hope you join us again this week! Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

    1. Thanks Rachael De Bruin, for stopping by! I will be joining you again on Inspired By Me Mondays and have a great week!

  8. This is wonderful! Thanks so much for the info. I have two in HS right now. Pinning! ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    1. Thanks, Heather, for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Heather @ My Overflowing Cup! I am glad that you found this info helpful!

  10. Fantastic post! Hopping by from @SquishableBaby's #Homeschoollinkup. we are continually debating on returning to traditional homeschooling (we cyber school at currently) and this is great info to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing. Have a super weekend.
    ~Cool Mom for
    The Stanley & Katrina Gang

    1. Thanks for commenting, +Cool Mom! I hope you have a cool day, and we always enjoy linking up on the #Homeschoollinkup!

  11. This is an awesome collection of ideas. I have two homeschool grads (and we used a combination of all your methods!) and one currently homeschooling highschool. You've reminded me of a few things we should be recording! :)

  12. Thanks, Lee, from Bright Sky Mom. Congratuations on your graduating two students already! My grad is in college, just started this fall, and is looking at what she might like to do for a major. It is an exciting time, but I do miss homeschooling high school with her. I am glad that this post was a bit of a help to you! Once I figured out high school credits, it made the last years of homeschooling really fun.

  13. This is perfect. We have kept track of hours, given credit for mastery, and used textbooks for college credit. You explain each very well. I will have to share this with my homeschool friends!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! And please do share this with your homeschooling friends! That's why I blog, to try to support other homeschooling families on their journeys. Have a good one!

  14. This was very helpful to me. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience!

    ~ Deah =)

    1. You are most welome! Enjoy your homeschooling time with your teen!


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