Jedediah Purdy is a law professor at Duke University and the author of several popular books on American culture and history. His first book, For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today, was published in 1999, when Purdy was a 24 year old law student at Yale University, and made him something of an intellectual and political celebrity. Purdy, who is known for his earnest demeanor and unabashed concern for things that matter, described the book as “one young man’s letter of love for the world’s possibilities.” Purdy’s parents were self-described hippies seeking an honest, simple, rural life when they moved from Pennsylvania to a farm in West Virginia shortly before he was born. They named their little boy after Jedediah Strong Smith, the famed mountain man and Western explorer of the 19th century. Purdy was homeschooled until age 13, eventually making his way to Exeter and then Harvard University, before completing his law degree at Yale. A “wildly popular” teacher at Duke, Purdy recently finished a book on the nature and origins of private property.
Confused about how to award high school credits to earn a high school diploma? Don't worry, you are not alone!
First, a little perspective... It is important to remember that you aren’t taking classes just to get out of high school. Knowledge is power and is its own reward. It is also important to keep in mind any post high school plans you may have. Students planning on going into the military or attending a trade school, certificate program, community college or a four-year public or private university should research the credits needed for entrance and to be well prepared for success once there.
There are generally two different methods used to determine high school credits; curricula completion and Carnegie Credit Units or a combination of the two.
- Curricula Completed: If you are using a set curricula, a general rule of thumb is that you can award a credit in that subject upon completion of at least 75% of the curricula.
- Carnegie Credit Units: One credit of high school equals 120 - 180 hours of class work, labs, research, independent reading, review, and field trips.
- Combination: Most homeschoolers award credits using a combination of curricula completed and Carnegie Credit Units. Carnegie Credit Units awards credits on time spent and not material covered. Most homeschoolers award credit by the quality of the work completed, not just the time spent. Some students work at a fast pace, while others take more time. Many homeschool students are bogged down using the traditional school methods for awarding credit. Their goal is knowledge of the subject taught, not just to spend a certain amount of time on the subject.
- College Dual Enrollment - One semester of any college class equals one high school credit.
When Do You Start Awarding High School Credits?
At Everest Academy, you can start awarding high school credits as early as the 7th grade as long as you are using high school level materials. This is especially true with electives. The final transcript at graduation for college purposes will reflect only the 9th-12th grades, so all high school credits earned from 7th grade and up will be incorporated in the 9th-12th grade transcript. High school is more about fulfilling credit requirements than grade levels. Starting early just means that you can take your time and do it right or that your child can do more advanced courses as needed.
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