I cannot believe in just two short months I will be graduating my son. It seems so unreal to me that he is 18 and ready to go out into the world as a man — and a high school graduate.
When he started his freshman year of school, I did some searching on the Internet to make sure we knew exactly what we had to cover for him to graduate. I noticed that most states have their own list of credits, so be sure to check that list to get the correct credits. However, a well-rounded high school program would include the following academic courses that are considered the core program:
- 4 years of English
- 2–4 years of Math
- 2–4 years of Science
- 2–4 years of History
- at least 2 years of a Foreign Language
- Electives (these will make up your remaining credits needed)
If your child intends on going to college, you definitely will want to make sure that you have covered all of the above subjects and then some. If they are not intending to go to college, then you can focus more on the general academic studies with focus on a trade. For my son, he has opted to not go to college, but to follow in the family trade and work with his dad in construction. For his last year of school, he has pretty much been his dad’s right hand man — and he is really loving it.
What classes will my child need to take for college?
The following is a list of classes that your child will need to take for sure if he or she is planning on going to college. You need to make sure to include a physical education class somewhere in there.
English I, English II, English III, and English IV. This must include strands of reading, writing, speaking, listening, observing, inquiry, and using technology as a communication tool. English must be taught every year of high school.
Algebra 1. Algebra 2, Geometry, and one higher learning math class. The courses should include teaching on number and computation, geometry and measurement, probability and statistics, and algebraic ideas.
Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. The courses should include teaching on lab-based scientific investigation experiences and include the content strands of biological science, physical science, earth and space science, and unifying concepts.
American History, World History, World Geography, and a Civics and Government course (the civics and government courses are half semesters but we had so much fun learning them that we stretched each one into a year long study). In Kentucky, only three credits are required but must include teaching on historical perspective, geography, economics, government and civics, and culture and society.
The most three popular foreign language courses are Spanish, French, and Latin. My son chose Latin and took 3 years of it.
There are tons of great things that homeschoolers can use as electives. I will be covering that later in the month. The electives will make up whatever total number of credits your child is lacking.
Have you already started tackling this list of credits with your child? If not, it’s time to get started!