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    My son completed one semester of high school. Would those credits transfer to a homeschool program like this?

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    Welcome to the forum!

    His existing credits will transfer to your home school if you decide they can! You can also give credit for many other things he has done that you may never have considered "counting."

    Time4Learning isn't an online school. It's an online homeschool curriculum. Here is the difference between enrolling in an online school and actually homeschooling, followed by some information specific to homeschooling a high school student.

    The Difference Between Online Schools and Homeschooling

    Many people mistakenly think of or refer to online schools as “homeschooling.” Homeschooling is not about the location where the learning takes place. It is about what laws must be followed and who is responsible for following them.

    When you enroll in an online school, the school is responsible for following the school laws (not homeschool laws) in the state where the school is located. The school will choose a curriculum, tell you how to use it, and impose a schedule. The school will create, maintain, sign, and stand behind any documents pertaining to your student’s education. The school will provide teachers for consultations and office personnel for records management. The school will arrange for any standardized testing required for public school students.

    When you homeschool, the parent is responsible for following the homeschool laws in the state where the student lives. Each state has its own set of homeschool laws and they are all very different. Homeschool laws are also very different from the laws schools must follow.

    The parent chooses a curriculum, decides how they want to use it, and follows their own schedule. Time4Learning is one curriculum you might choose.

    The parent creates, maintains, signs, and stands behind any documents pertaining to their student’s education. This includes report cards, transcripts, and diplomas. Time4Learning provides blank templates within your parent dashboard to help you create your child’s high school transcript and diploma.

    The parent is the teacher (and the family is the school), even if using an online curriculum. This is similar to a classroom teacher who might show their class a video or allow them to use a computer program. He or she is still the teacher.

    The parent will arrange for any standardized testing required for homeschool students. Not all states require annual standardized testing of homeschool students. Some require it only every few years, some do not require testing at all, and some provide alternatives, such as a portfolio evaluation.

    A great place to find your state’s homeschool laws is

    High School:

    Time4Learning is not an online school (which many people mistakenly think of or refer to as "homeschooling.") We are a homeschool curriculum provider. We provide the curriculum and you use it as you wish, including scheduling however you need to, skipping lessons, repeating lessons, deleting lessons, or working at different grade levels in each subject.

    When homeschooling, the parent is the legally recognized "teacher of record" who creates, maintains, signs, and stands behind any documents related to their child's education. All fifty states allow a parent to issue a homeschool diploma for their own child. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against a homeschool diploma. Colleges are more interested in a student's entrance exam scores than in how they learned what they know. Many colleges actively recruit homeschooled students.

    We do provide templates within your parent dashboard to help you create your child's diploma and transcript.

    When homeschooling, the parent decides what the student must do to graduate from the family's home school. The parent decides how many credits they need, and in which subjects. The parent decides how many hours of work equals a credit. Many parents look at various high schools' graduation requirements online and model their requirements after some of those, changing things to suit their own child's interests and future goals. Every high school will have different graduation requirements and even students from the same high school will graduate having studied different things, so there is not one magic formula.

    For example, a high school might require two credits in science to graduate. One student may fulfill that requirement by studying chemistry and physics, and another might choose earth science and biology instead.

    In addition to the academic courses we offer, parents also give credit for things like arts and crafts, piano lessons or music practice, organized sports or driveway basketball with a friend, Scouts, 4H, church or other organizational activities, volunteer work or part time jobs, the educational portion of family outings or vacations, and casual parental instruction in things like cooking or auto mechanics.

    Here are two articles that are often of interest to families who are just beginning to homeschool a high school student:

    Defending the Diploma

    The Truth about Homeschool Diplomas

    It can be quite straightforward for your child to graduate from your family's home school, since you will have custom designed a plan just for him. If you think you might consider sending him back to public school in the future, you should know that public schools do not have to accept non-public-school work for credit. This would be the case no matter which curriculum you used. Until the student begins earning credits (high school or sometimes middle school), schools will enroll a previously homeschooled student at the grade level that corresponds to their age. They will still enroll a high school student, but the student might be enrolled missing credits. Some high schools will allow a student to test to prove their homeschool credits, and a few states' homeschool laws specify that high schools must do this. Other states leave it up to the school to determine what they will accept, and it often comes down to the opinion of the specific individual you are speaking with at the school. Therefore, parents should think carefully about homeschooling a student who has reached high school level and make sure they are reasonably certain they intend for the student to graduate from the family’s home school.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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