Make A 4-Year Checklist

Sometime before your student starts 9th grade in your homeschool, plot the entire 4-years. Do this so that nothing gets forgotten and so that you will have an overview of the work-load. First make the 4-year checklist.

starredPlease, see also the three essential high school planning forms at High School Forms.

checklistOn paper or with a word processor, make the chart. It is a table that is 6-columns wide and as many rows as you need. If you have a program that will open DOC format, you can use my file for the 4-year plan. If not, there is also a PDF format that you can use.

DOCHigh School Courses Checklist
PDFHigh School Courses Checklist

Planning

  1. Fill in required courses first.
  2. Add enough electives to total the amount of credits required by your state.
  3. Use the checklist to make a 4-year COS (course of study)

Notes

  1. It is okay to have more credits, but not less.
  2. Electives do not necessarily have to be named at this point. Pencil in or type in 'elective' for now if you do not know what your child wants to take or should take.
  3. Each year, check off the courses that have been completed. (I loved that part.)
  4. Right after checking off completed courses, update the transcript if you are maintaining one.
  5. BE SURE to back up your records, email the file to yourself if you have no other means of electronic backup.
  6. Print a hard copy each year and file it with your child's records.
  7. Keep the records in a safe place.

The Sample of a 4-Year High School Requirement Checklist

Required Credits

Subject

Classes

Credits Earned

Year

 

4

English

English I

1

04-05

 

English II

1

05-06

 

English III

1

06-07

 

English IV

1

07-08

 

3

Math

Algebra I

1

04-05

 

Algebra II

1

05-06

 

Geometry

1

06-07

 

 

 

 

 

3

Science

Physical Science with Lab

1

04-05

 

Biology and Lab

1

05-06

 

Chemistry and Lab

1

06-07

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

History/ Social Studies

World History

1

04-05

 

American History

1

06-07

 

Economics

0.5

07-08

 

 

 

2

Foreign language

Japanese I

1

06-07

 

Japanese II

1

07-08

 

0.5

Health

Health

0.5

04-05

 

1

PE

PE

0.5

04-05

 

PE

0.5

05-06

 

1

Arts

Visual and or Performing Arts

1

06-08

 

4

Electives

Typing/ MS Office

1

05-06

 

Home Ec I

1

04-05

 

Home Ec II

1

05-06

 

Art I

1

05-06

 

Art II

1

06-07

 

       

21

 

Total

22

   
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