04 May 2018

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I haven't gotten a child into college yet, but I'm super close. Others who have gone before me assure me that I am on the right path.
Remember, colleges today are far more interested in who your child is and what makes them unique. Every student applying for college will have taken U.S. History. Not every student applying for college will have rebuilt an engine, or served on a mission trip, or starred in a musical, or volunteered faithfully at the YMCA. This is what you will want to showcase.

General Credits for College Prep Transcripts
UNC Schools
Approximately 24 Credits Needed

In the state of North Carolina, nothing is required to graduate a student from your homeschool.
However, if your student desires to attend college, a college prep transcript is needed.
Students will need approximately 24 credit hours (in the following subjects) for their transcript. A credit
can be earned from 130 - 160 hours of work in the subject.

My personal advice (to make your life simpler and joyful!) is to award your student 4 credits a year
from academic subjects and then let the other 2 - 3 credits come from stuff they are already doing
[music lessons, dance, theater, sports, babysitting (call it home ec), driver's ed, Bible study,
computer coding, typing, scouts, test prep, etc.]

I.  ENGLISH I, II, III, IV - 4
Includes Literature, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Composition, etc.  

II.  MATHEMATICS - 4
Suggestions for transcripts:
a. Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calc
b. Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math I, Advanced Math II
c. Math I, Math II, Math III, Math IV
It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course credit in the 12th grade.

III.  SCIENCE - 3
One unit in a life or biological science (ex. Biology)
One unit in a physical science (ex. Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
One lab course

IV.  SOCIAL STUDIES - 2
One unit must be in U.S. History
Includes World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civics, Culture History like Music/Art,
Geography, etc.

V.  PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 1-2

VI.  FINE ARTS - 1
Includes Music Lessons, Art Classes, Art Curriculum, Photography, Theater/Drama, Dance  

VII.  FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 2
UNC schools suggest two years of a foreign language.  Many colleges want three.
My advice would be to contact an admission counselor at a college your student wants to
attend to see what the college prefers.  You would want to learn this information early in
their high school career, not later.

VIII.  HEALTH - 1
First Aid/CPR/Cooking/Etc. can all count as a health credit

IX.  ELECTIVES - 6 or more
a.  Logic
b.  Home Economics
c.  Driver's Ed
d.  Computer Coding/Programming
e.  Typing  
f.   Bible
g.  Philosophy/Sociology/Psychology
h.  Debate

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