Types of Elective Credits for the Homeschool Transcript

There are 5 types of elective credits you and your homeschool high schoolers can plan for if they want a well-rounded transcript.

Types of Elective Credits for the Homeschool Transcript

5 Types of Elective Credits for the Homeschool Transcript: Tips from a 20 Year Vet

My kids loved their homeschool high school electives. These were the courses that THEY got to choose. As you know, they HAD to take geometry, chemistry, civics, and the other core classes. However, when it came to filling out their transcript, it was the electives that really made some of my teens’ academic record sparkle and their hearts glad.

We all know, the transcript needs to show around 26 credits for graduation. This varies state to state and umbrella school to umbrella school. Check Homeschool Legal Defense Association for details.

Five types of electives for the homeschool transcript:

Beyond the core classes, your homeschooling high schooler needs to show electives on his transcript.

1. Electives required for graduation

These often include Fine Arts, phys ed, and career pathways (all my kids did Career Exploration Workbook).

2. Building power in the transcript with electives

If your homeschool high schooler is interested in a college major that is based on a core subject, extra (elective) credits will add power to the transcript. (With that in mind, your homeschool high schoolers can level up their courses to give college-attractive rigor on the transcript.) Often there are textbooks or online courses available for these topics.)

For a budding science major, some types of elective credits for sciences (those beyond the required 4 sciences for graduation) could include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology,
  • Advanced Chemistry,
  • Marine Biology,
  • Astronomy,
  • Environmental Science,
  • Computer Science.
  • (My oldest took Computer Science classes in preparation for his college major- back in his day, they were mail order…).

For a budding psychology major, electives might include (if not included in required core classes):

  • Psychology
  • Human Development

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  • Sociology
  • Philosophy (All my kids built some power in their transcripts with philosophy.)

For a budding history major, electives might include special studies in:

3. Investigating an interest can lead to types of electives to take

If your homeschooling high schooler has a special interest, help them develop a study plan and log 120-180 hours of learning (required number of hours varies by state).

This might include types of elective credits for special studies in:

All my teens have taken speech and competed as part of the local homeschool support group’s Rhetoric League using what became 7Sisters’ Speech curriculum. Interestingly, colleges seem to really like to see Speech credits on the transcript.

My youngest took Home Maintenance from the local community college. All of the kids have done home ec in some form- whether they were interested or not.  

Types of Elective Credits
My son’s band playing at a fundraiser for a homeless shelter.

4. Developing a gift for taking electives

If God has given your teen a talent, it should be developed. Log 120-180 hours of lessons or educational activities in these areas for a credit.

This kind of elective credit might include:

  • taking art or voice lessons
  • playing on a soccer team
  • learning leadership skills

My youngest is a musician. Also, he wrote his yearly research papers on this history of church music. He played in church worship team and a Christian rock band. Not only that, but he took voice lessons, music theory, and piano lessons. All of these are electives for him.

5. Exploring career options with electives

Types of elective credits can be completed with career exploration. Therefore, you can log 135 hours of lessons or educational activities per credit. Every teen should have a career exploration credit or two before graduating.

This can include Career Exploration texts and also learning activities.

Activities may include:

  • Volunteering at zoos, nursing homes, urban schools, libraries.
  • Apprenticeships are also good career exploration activities; try helping out a veterinarian, classroom teacher, coach, office administrator, etc.
  • (My youngest did some work at a recording studio. Another son helped out at a local video production agency.)
  • Sometimes even a part-time job in high school may count.

More resources about elective choices

With all of this in mind, you can help your homeschool high schoolers build the best-fit transcript for them and their future goals. To help with the process, check out 7Sisters Authoritative Guide post on planning homeschool high school.

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5 Types of Elective Credits for the Homeschool Transcript: Tips from a 20 Year Vet

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

2 Replies to “Types of Elective Credits for the Homeschool Transcript”

  1. Thanks for asking, Erryn. Our speech curriculum was developed in the trenches with our local Rhetoric League. Our teens wanted to learn public speaking but they wanted to have fun (and get over their fear of talking in front of people). The curriculum consists of 15 lessons, easing teens into public speaking while building their confidence through different speaking opportunities. There is a teacher and student workbook.
    Here are more details:
    Speech I (Teacher’s Guide) includes 15 Lessons with Alternate Practice ideas included with each to make it easy to expand the curriculum for a FULL YEAR of weekly Speech classes. A second addendum .pdf file is also yours at purchase; it contains the Evaluation Sheets for each lesson formatted on individual pages to make it easier to print and distribute to your students and parent evaluators. Finally, a third .pdf file is included in your purchase, an errata sheet that gives you replacement links for any in the text that have broken since we first created the curriculum. If you come across a broken link in Speech I (Teacher’s Guide), check the errata sheet for a suggested link to replace it. (We make this errata available at no cost to all previous purchasers of our Speech I curriculum as well; periodic checks for broken links occur annually, and send you an email if a new errata sheet is required.)

    Topics included in Speech I (Teacher’s Guide):
    Lesson 1: Presenting Kid Lit (Interpretation of Children’s Literature)
    Lesson 2: Presenting a Bible Reading
    Lesson 3: Presenting Spoken-Word Poetry
    Lesson 4: Presenting a Humorous Monologue
    Lesson 5: Organizing & Writing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 6: Gathering Materials & Practicing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 7: Presenting a “Visual Aid How-To” Speech (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 8: Organizing & Researching a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 9: Writing & Practicing a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 10: Presenting a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
    Lesson 11: Creating & Presenting an Elevator Pitch
    Lesson 12: Creating & Presenting a Sales Pitch
    Lesson 13: Presenting an Infomercial (Group Project)
    Lesson 14: Practicing Beginning Interview Skills
    Lesson 15: Presenting a Children’s Bible Lesson

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