January 22, 2018

Calculating GPA – A Guide

When your student reaches high school, you will find that various organizations will begin to ask you for their GPA (Grade Point Average). Some will even ask you for a weighted and an unweighted version. Today, we’re going to go over the various grading point scales and ways to calculate the GPA for your student. […]

Fine Arts Credit Homeschool

In addition to doing academic work, many of our students are involved in fine arts classes.  These can be things like music lessons, dance, sculpture, painting, etc.  In fact, because homeschooled students have more time available to them, they are often able to participate at higher levels in many of these fine arts activities. The […]

Can You Start Homeschooling In The Middle Of The Year?

I typically hold a parents’ class in January and I lovingly call it my ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ class.  These January classes consist of two types of parents:  (1) those with 8th grade students who are getting an early jump on high school planning and (2) parents who have just pulled their high school students out of a […]

High School Honors Classes…What Qualifies?

When a course is  more challenging, or more rigorous, we want to be sure and give recognition to the level of difficulty in the work and one of the ways to do that is to call it a high school honors class. An honors course is typically a regular high school course with a more […]

STEM Education

One of the new buzz words in the education community is ‘STEM’.  This is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The term has been around for a while – it just seems like it’s been more of a hot topic the past several years.  We’re starting to see a lot of curriculum listed […]

What Is A High School Credit?

No doubt, you have heard the word ‘credit’ before and you know that you need so many credits to graduate from high school – or so many credits to apply for college.  You have heard that some of these credits need to be ‘core credits’ and others can be ‘electives’.   But, just exactly what […]

Earning High School Credits In Middle School

UPDATE Sept. 2014:  Since the original writing of this post, the Florida Statutes have been updated and this line has been removed.  It is now addressed indirectly in the Middle School section of the statutes. However, I had the opportunity to query several college admissions officers recently about how they treat high school credits earned prior […]

High School Graduation Requirements

The law in many states, including Florida, does not outline the specific credit requirements for a homeschooled student to graduate from high school.   Nor does the state issue a diploma to home-educated students.  This means that you are responsible for determining which credits your student must earn before you declare them graduated and issue […]