Choosing a good course title is important!

Categories

Categories are used to help our counselors know how to count courses towards the credit requirements when doing a transcript review.  It is important to select the correct Category when entering course titles.   For example, if your student is taking a class that is being used to satisfy the Social Studies credit, please select Social Studies as the Category.

Course Titles

  • Use specific course titles for a stronger transcript.
  • Be as specific as possible when entering course titles (in most cases).
  • Course titles should reflect the content of the course.
  • You can enter your own specific course title.
  • If you do not see the specific course title in the drop-down menu:
    • Simply select the course category such as Foreign Language. 
    • Click “Can’t Find My Course?”
    • Enter the specific course name (ex. Mandarin Chinese).

 

  • HLA recommends using English 9,10,11 and 12 as your high school English courses title.
  • For those who want Literature and/or composition to show on the transcript, please follow this example when titling your course: 
    • English 9/Literary Analysis – .5 credit; English 9/ Composition – .5 credit. 
    • English 10/World Lit. – – .5 credit; English 10/Composition – .5 credit
    • English 11/American Lit. – .5 credit; English 11/Composition – .5 credit 
    • English 12/British Lit.- .5 credit; English 12/Composition – .5 credit 
    • (1 credit total for each year) 
  • Please use the following guidelines when titling English classes.
    • Each High school English credit contains several components. (Literature, Composition, Grammar, and Vocabulary) all combined into 1 credit of English each year.
    • No high school credit is issued for Grammar and Vocabulary study.
    • Students should do a semester worth of Literature (reading) plus a semester worth of Composition (writing) in order to receive full credit in English.
    • Dual Enrollment English courses are an exception to this rule. 
      • One DE English course = 1 credit of high school English.
    • Additional literature and composition credit should not be given unless your student has done a completely separate course in addition to the regular English course. 
    • Students taking courses through a tutorial may issue credit in accordance with the guidelines of that tutorial. 
    • Please include additional documentation (ex. students taking Classical Conversations, Veritas, and other tutorials where additional credit is given).
  • Families living outside TN may title courses according to the guidelines in your state.
  • Most math courses are worth one full credit upon completion of the course content.
  • Math courses follow a specific order. For example, Algebra 1 should be taken before Geometry and Algebra 2.
  • One dual enrollment math course =  1 credit of high school math.
  • When transferring from a public school – Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B are worth .5 credit each for a total of 1 credit towards the HLA diploma requirements.
  • Applied Math is a remedial math course that focuses on the real-world uses of Mathematics. This course is usually taken by non college bound students.
  • Consumer Math can be taken as a 1 credit Math course or can be divided up as .5 credit of Math and .5 credit of Personal Finance.
  • Trigonometry is typically considered a .5 credit course when taken alone.
    • Ex: Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry would be worth 1 credit.
  • Saxon Math – How to title your math courses when using the Saxon homeschool editions. (3 books = 4 credits)
    • How to use Saxon Math.
    • 9th Grade – Algebra 1, 3rd Ed
      • Algebra 1: Self Explanatory.
      • (Art Reed recommends not using the 4th Ed. as the new owners have removed all references to geometry from that edition).
    • 10th Grade – Algebra 2, 2nd or 3rd Ed
      • Algebra 2: Self Explanatory.
      • (Art Reed recommends not using the 4th Ed. as they have removed all references to geometry from that edition also)
      • The 2nd and 3rd editions are identical except that the older 2nd Ed does not have the concept lesson reference numbers like the 3rd Ed does.
    • 11th Grade – Advanced Mathematics, 2nd Ed (Part 1).
      • Course title  “Geometry with Advanced Algebra” (1 credit) after they have completed lessons 1 – 60.
    • 12th Grade – Advanced Mathematics, 2nd Ed (Part 2).
      • Course title “Trigonometry w/Pre-Calculus” (1 Credit) after they have completed lessons 61 – 125
    • Calculus: 1st or 2nd Ed.
      • Calculus: Self-explanatory.

  • Science courses should be titled according to the specific area of study (ex, Biology w/lab, Chemistry w/lab, etc).
  • No additional grades or credits are given for the lab that accompanies the science course.
  • Be aware that some courses have prerequisites. For example, Chemistry and Physics require a certain level of math to complete. Please contact a counselor with specific questions about how to title courses.
  • Only DE (Dual Enrollment) courses will have a separate grade and credit for the lab portion of the class.
  • dual enrollment science course will be worth 1 credit upon completion.
  • This course is a separate requirement and in addition to the 4 credits of math requirement.
  • Personal Finance covers money on a personal level. Covering information such as managing a budget, paying bills, saving, financing and loans, banking, interest and investing, etc.
  • Many families use Dave Ramsey or Larry Burkett for this course.
  • Other textbooks or resources can be used.
  • Some 1-semester economics courses include both economics and personal finance topics. You will need to decide how you want this course to count (either Personal Finance .5 credit or Economics .5 credit).
  • If your student is taking Family and Consumer Science with Archway or Alpha Omega, this course can be used as either 1 credit of Elective or it can be split (Personal Finance .5 credit/Elective .5 credit).
  • If your student is taking a Consumer Math course, this course can either be split (Math .5 credit/Personal Finance .5 credit) or it can be counted as 1 credit of Math.
  • If using Time4Learning – Economics and Personal Finance course is organized into two separate curricula (Assign Economics .5 credit/Personal Finance .5 credit)
  • 150 hours of any physical activity or sport equals 1 credit of PE. 
  • This can be a structured or unstructured event, activity, or sport. 
  • A student can earn the full credit in one year or spread it out over 2 or more years earning partial credit each year until the full credit is completed.
  • You can title the course as Physical Education or according to the specific activity such as Soccer, Weight Lifting, Running, Archery, and etc.
  • You can also create your own course title.
    • Select Physical Education as the Category.
    • Click “Can’t Find Course?”
    • Enter your own course title.
  • If your student transferred from a public or private school and took Wellness:
    • Public school Wellness will count as a .5 credit of Health and a .5 of PE towards the HLA diploma.

HLA is very flexible concerning elective courses. Any course can be taken as an elective. Electives are simply a course the student “elects” to take that is not already required.  Remember that any core course that is taken, above what is require for graduation, will be used to satisfy elective requirements.

  • When grading elective courses such as music, art, PE, and work experience, auto-mechanics and etc, when standard curriculum and examinations are not used, 150 hours of study equals 1 credit.
  • You will have to give a grade according to the quality of work he/she performed, just like we do in the academic subjects. 
  • In situations where a student is working with others, such as a private music instructor, worship leader, or employer, ask them how they would rate the student’s performance. 
  • Sometimes you don’t even need to ask because usually, we can tell the quality by the comments of their employer or other person affected by their performance.
  • When the students are doing something they like, they are more likely to do their best, translating to an A or A+.  
  • You can create your own course titles or select from the drop-down menu in Applecore.
    • Select Elective as the category.
    • Click “Can’t Find Course?”
    • Enter your own course title.
  • HLA does not require a Foreign Language to graduate.
  • Many colleges require at least 2 years of study in the same language (2 credits) for admissions.
  • Any language can be studied but check with the college if your student plans to take a non-traditional language such as American Sign Language, Latin, Hebrew, etc.
  • While American Sign Language is considered an elective. Some states and colleges will allow this to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. Check with prospective colleges.
  • Students who choose to take a Foreign Language course can use the curriculum of your choice (check with colleges for acceptance if you are unsure).
  • Use the publisher’s guideline to determine credits otherwise 150 hours of study equals 1 credit.
  • 150 hours of music, dance, choir, drama or any combination equals (=) 1 credit. 
  • A student can get multiple credits but the course title should describe the activity, such as music performance, music theory, ballet and etc.
  • You can come up with your own course title; you do not have to select from only those available in the drop down menu.
  • To enter your own course title:
    • Click “Can’t Find Course?”
    • Enter your own course title.
  • Again, the portfolio is a great place to show a student’s strong areas.
  • Students can receive credit for Work Experience (300 hrs./1 credit).
  • Recommend no more than 2 credits titled as Work Experience.
  • Consider titling any remaining work experience according to the type of work such as Carpentry, Bookkeeping, Vet Assistant, etc.
  • These courses would be an elective.
  • NOTE: Some college-bound students may want to record this type of information in the Portfolio instead of the transcript if it is not related to the field of study the student is interested in pursuing.
  • 150 hours equals 1 credit.
  • When entering the course in Applecore, you can use a specific course title that fits the content of the course or you can create your own course title.
    • Choose the proper course category.
    • Use a specific course title that fits the content of the course or click “Can’t Find Course?”
    • Enter your own course title.
    • Give a description of the course and any resources being used.