By Constance Gillon
HOPE Christian Academy
What Does Public School Require?
ENGLISH – ENG 9, ENG 10, ENG 11,
MATH - Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2 4
SCIENCE – Biology & a Phys. Science 4
SOCIAL STUDIES – World Hist,
US Hist 1 & 2, Gov't &
LIFE PE 1
HEALTH EDUCATION .5
FOREIGN LANG., ARTS, CTE 3
How Do We Plan High School Classes?
● Use the syllabus from curriculum
● Use online curriculum for guide
● Evaluate external classes for credit
● Schedule internships
Where Do We Find Classes?
● Homeschool Co-Operatives
● Online Opportunities
● Learning Centers
● Community Colleges
● Private Tutors
● Driving Schools
Who Assigns Grades?
● Home Class – Parents
● Co-Op – Teacher
● External Class – Teacher
● Dual Enrollment – College
● Museum Classes – Ungraded
What About Common Core?
● One of the joys of enrolling in a church school is
the exempt from curriculum regulation, but the
ACT/SAT are both now fully common core
● Private school law currently
only addresses PE, but that
sets a precedent to allow
the state to set private
school curriculum. Other
What Constitutes An Elective?
● As a parent, most church schools allow YOU to
determine the definition of an elective.
● Most church schools allow up to
one credit per year for work study.
● Most students have interests or
passions that provide wonderful
What Is An AP Class?
● AP stands for Advanced Placement.
● Upon successful completion of the AP
test, state colleges often issue
a college credit for that course.
● Upon successful completion of
the AP Test, AP Classes will add
1 point to the GPA for that class.
What Is Accreditation?
“The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by
institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.
Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of
regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct
peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.
Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and
that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency.”
What Does Alabama Law Say?
Alabama Code 16-28-3 contains language about
students from an accredited school being considered
transfer students. BEFORE that, it states, "....every
child attending a church school as defined in Section
16-28-1 is exempt from the requirements of
this section, provided such child complies
with enrollment and reporting procedure
specified in Section 16-28-7."
How Does It Apply To Homeschoolers?
● NCAA Scholarships
● Private Colleges
● SOME Public Schools Try
What Are Colleges Looking For?
Some experts claim that it doesn't matter much whether or not
a high school or school district is accredited. The issue surfaces
any time a school or a school district loses its accreditation or is
threatened with its loss. The truth of the matter is that
accreditation is just one piece of the admissions profile for
candidates. I was unable to find any examples of a
college rejecting an otherwise well-qualified
candidate simply because she had the misfortune to
graduate from a school which had lost its accreditation.
What is a Credit?
“The standard Carnegie unit is defined as 120
hours of contact time with an instructor—i.e.,
one hour of instruction a day, five days a
week, for 24 weeks, or
7,200 minutes of instructional time
over the course of an academic year.”
Who Creates Transcripts?
● You – accepted in most states
● Your Church School
● Paid Service
Why Are Transcripts Important?
● They are most often used for college
● Colleges usually require “Official
Transcripts” for admission.
● Car Insurance Companies
often ask for transcripts to
grant “good grade” discounts.
How Do We Calculate GPA?
● A= 4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
● Honors Classes GPA +.5
● AP/DE Classes GPA +1
● Weighted GPA is calculated based upon
the GPA per credit hour.
● Unweighted GPA is calculated
based upon the GPA per class.
How Important Is
That all depends on:
* Student Disabilit
* Student Achievement
* Future Plans
* College Choice
Who Administers Testing?
● As long as you have a degree, you may
purchase certain tests to administer at home.
● Classical Conversations
● ACT / SAT Test Sites
● Alternative CLT Testing
Top Score 36 1600
Owner ACT Inc. College Board
Sections English, Math,
# Times Offered
Test Duration 3 hrs. 25 min. 3 hours
Common Core Yes Yes
Website actstudent.org Sat.collegeboard.
Should We Use Online Or Paper Testing?
● Most testing facilities use paper testing.
● Online testing limits the number of questions you
may go back to for editing.
● Paper testing may be slower.
● Ultimately, the test type
should be determined by
your child's test habits.
Is There An Alternative?
● There is a NEW test alternative
called the CLT (Classical Learning
Test). It is currently only accepted at
a limited number of private colleges.
● Some community colleges use the
Accuplacer in lieu of the ACT or
SAT for those who have not yet
taken those standardized tests.
How Do Special Needs Students
Get Testing Accommodations?
● Recent diagnosis or confirmation of diagnosis my a
● Proof of IEP, if recently transferred
from public or private school.
● Be prepared to wait for confirmation
Why SHOULD/NOT Dual Enroll?
BEST NOT DUAL ENROLL:
● Academically Average Student
● Student With Test Anxiety
● Student With Poor Time Management
GREAT TO ENROLL:
● Academically Gifted
● Good Self-Motivation
● Good Organization Skills
What Grade Levels Are Eligible?
Yes for admission
What About Special Needs Students?
● Colleges are prepared to make reasonable
accommodations for special needs students.
● Students will need a RECENT diagnosis
and/or a recent IEP.
● If your child requires one-on-one care, you
may need to arrange to pay for an aide.
● Most universities have on-campus
special programs designed for
special needs students.
How Much Does It Cost?
● Every school is different.
How Do Credits Transfer?
● Credits with corresponding course codes
● Easily transfer between colleges that are
Does DE Hurt Freshman Eligibility?
Not In Alabama! PTL!
How Are DE Credits Assessed For
High School Credit?
One 3 hour college class
Equals 1 high school credit
● Do Colleges Discriminate Against Us?
● Should We Consider Online College?
● How Important Is Testing vs. GPA?
● What About Scholarships?