High School FAQ'S
Will my child get a diploma?
Will my child get a transcript?
Can my child get into college using a homeschool transcript?
What do I teach and where can i get Curriculum?
What do I do about a driving permit and Driver’s Ed?
The student's birth certificate - must be 15
The student's Social Security Card
Proof of residency - any recent utility bill or tax documentation
Proof of homeschooling - HOPE will supply this to you at the beginning of the school year. Depending on when you go to get your license, the DMV may request a more recent letter, contact us. Please allow at least 1 week notice for us to get this form for you!!
What do I do about courses I don’t feel comfortable teaching?
What do I need to know about grading?
What counts towards class rank?
In calculating the GPA for class ranking, only classes considered as high school level classes and above will be included.
All students who submit grades by January 15 and June 15 in 9th – 12th grades will be included in the class ranking. If grades are not submitted on time, HOPE reserves the right to not rank your child or to list them at the bottom of the class.
For more information see the High School Ranking Policy (PDF) on the Forms page
What is an Honors (H) course?
Honors courses are advanced courses offered in the core subject areas (science, math, history, English.). The requirements for honors courses are greater than for college prep courses. Textbooks and/or other course materials must be differentiated and more rigorous than those used in college prep courses. An honors course must have a published syllabus that verifies that it is sufficiently above and beyond the college prep requirements.
Can my child graduate with honors?
3.8 grade-point average based on a 4.0 scale.
Test score of 1200 (SAT Verbal/Math) or 26 (ACT) or 120 (Verbal/Math – PSAT)
90% on the composite battery on the IOWA, Stanford, or California achievement tests would also be accepted.
Five or more subjects must be Honors, Dual Credit or AP
What is an Advanced Placement (AP) course?
Advanced Placement courses are taught at college level using college level textbooks. AP courses have pre-requisites at the high school level. (For instance, to take AP Biology, a student would need to have completed high school biology and chemistry.) Home schoolers may call a course AP if they meet the requirements for that course set out on the AP website. Homeschoolers may take any AP exam - even if they have not taken an AP level course. Successful completion of an AP exam does not allow you to call the course AP. The course must meet the AP requirements.
What is Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment?
Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment courses are those taught at a local college. The student is given credit for both the high school (1 unit) and college level (typically 3 hours). Some of the local colleges which offer dual enrollment classes are Southern Wesleyan University, Tri-County Tech, Anderson University, North Greenville University and Piedmont Tech. You must supply the college with a current transcript. Some colleges require the ACT or SAT to be taken prior to acceptance, others have an entrance exam of their own (COMPASS Test). You are responsible for any fees incurred with dual enrollment. To receive proper credit on the high school transcript, please submit a copy of the college transcript. Only credit bearing courses are eligible for dual credit. Remedial courses and courses which do not list credit earned will not be accepted. If your child fails a credit college course, this will be reported on the high school transcript. Dual Credit courses receive a higher credit point than typically college prep or honors courses.
What about the PSAT and SAT?
How do I find out about scholarships?
What types of electives does my child need?
P.E. - any type of sports or lessons such as archery, tennis, etc.
Music - Lessons, practice, theory study, choral societies
Foreign Language study
Art - Lessons, self-taught programs, videos
Theater - Play performances (attendance, actual participation on stage, behind the scenes)
Car Repair (one credit only)
Civil War, Russian History, World Geography, etc.
Will my child get to participate in a graduation ceremony?
What if my child is ready for High School credit before 9th grade?
Can we participate in programs sponsored by the public school (sports, music, etc.)?
As of the 2012-2013 school year, home school students are eligible to participate in public school programs. Click here for information on the law. Click here for the Intent to Participate form which must be submitted to your local Superintendent