I started preparing for the high school years when Luke was in 7th grade! I was so nervous and wasn't sure I could handle the task of teaching him the math and science he needed.
I loved researching and looking for something
that was the perfect fit for him.
In the end, I did a mish-mash of styles and content.
After all of my research, I realized that high school didn't change all that much. Yes, the material was more challenging, it should be, it's high school. Just as every year that had passed,
I simply needed to increase in difficulty,
and make sure there was enough content
in what Luke was learning, to count as a credit.
Keeping records was very basic for me.
At first I kept everything in a notebook, and hand wrote it! www.donnayoung.org has the BEST free,
homeschooling forms out there.
The website is very well organized.
Eric eventually helped me put all of Luke's information onto an Excel spreadsheet so we had "official transcripts". (www.donnayoung.org now has spreadsheets you can download for transcripts)
Once Luke was ready to start taking a few early entry college courses I just hit print, and gave the transcripts to the college.
Note: Be sure to check with your college of choice! Some require a notary on the transcripts.
Second Note: Early Entry is when a kid, who is still in high school, starts taking college courses before graduation.
We did this as opposed to dual credit.
Dual Credit is when the kids enroll in a local high school and utilize the school counselor to access the community college resources.
Both are excellent options, you know what will work best for you.
I prefer dealing directly with the college, as opposed to the middle man at the public school. Totally personal preference!
I went into the admissions office at the college,
and discussed the transcripts
with the staff. They were VERY helpful.
I didn't have to change much.
They asked me to track his current year of high school,
and to put "in progress" at the top.
I did that for his 11 and 12th grade year.
As he finished up his college classes,
I added a place on his transcripts specifically for the
early entry courses. It is, again, very basic!
I put the title of the class that the college used, and his grade. Voila-done :)
There was one thing I wasn't expecting.
After Luke finished all of his high school credits at the community college, he had to re-enroll as a new student.
Yep-even though he was enrolled at BSC for three semesters!
It was more annoying paperwork-but they did waive all the fees because we had already paid them for his early-entry courses.
Luke is now one semester away from transferring to a university to complete his bachelor's degree in computer science!
I tried to talk him into finishing up this summer, but he needed a break. Can't say that I blame him!
Seriously-do NOT let the paperwork keep you from homeschooling all the way to the fabulous end!!