rawbanana wrote:I am starting my 14 yr old in AHL this fall. I've looked up what is required in my district for high school (and what a local college requires for admission).
Can you tell me what each subject/book in AHL would count towards?
I'm CLUELESS when it comes to knowing how to 'do' high school! I know kiddos can take electives but how do you 'mark' those? What counts as an elective (my 14 yr old LOVES horse back riding so she hopes that will 'count' somehow) =)
[link no longer working] If you click on that link and go to the page marked '2' you will see the requirements. can you tell me what in AHL would fit into what category??
<hugs> as you start to get worried about high school
It's good you're trying to get things figured out for your student.
I took a look at your local high school requirements and they seem pretty typical -- 4 years of English, 3 years or so of math and science and social studies. They expect an unusual amount of phy ed credits, looks like the equivalent of 1.5 school years, so it's possible you might want to look at horseback riding as physical education, if it seems to fit.
I'm glad you mention the college requirements, because those are really what you want to be looking at. The high school, though, gives us a gauge of what local colleges "are used to" -- even though they also will expect some variation -- but homeschoolers don't need to match local public schools. Even in the strictest states, any high school course requirements are pretty general.
Anyways, MFW has figured all these things out for you. If you go to the AHL page on the website, you can click on samples: http://www.mfwbooks.com/products/15/Anc ... e/#Samples
You might want to print out pages 10-11 of the AHL sample. Page 10
shows a couple of typical college expectations (Wheaton, Harvard, U of Minnesota). Those requirements are pretty similar to your local school district, except the very competitive colleges prefer 4 full years of math, science, and sometimes social studies (history, government, econ), and they often expect foreign language credits.
All is not lost if your student doesn't get in every last credit, but the risks tend to be:
(a) if there are many applicants, your student might need to stand out in other ways, such as a high test score, and
(b) your student might be required to make up that extra requirement while in college, and of course it could end up costing extra.
Okay, then page 11
of the AHL sample shows a sample MFW transcript. You will see that if you follow the plan, your student will have all of the requirement for all of the schools. At my house, we changed a few things, and I definitely used my son's interests to create credits -- I usually require 60-90 hours and some kind of a written course outline of what was done or a paper trail with photographs showing what was done, and then I have given him credit in electives like "weightlifting" and "engines & auto body." Giving lots of elective credits is not necessary, since colleges care about the core courses far more, but sometimes electives help fill the transcript or meet college expectations like phy ed, health, or fine arts.
Basically the MFW plan made it very easy for me to gauge the big picture, to cover the important bases, and to create a transcript that was accepted for my son's college courses he took during high school. I'm not saying high school is all a bed of roses, I did pull my hair out at times, but I've done high school without MFW and believe me, it was easier with MFW
Hopefully that helps a bit. If not, keep asking questions!