Help for High School Course Descriptions
One of the things that seems to intimidate otherwise confident homeschool parents is the job of writing
course descriptions for their high school student’s records. For those parents who have not kept any
records of their students work, it might indeed be intimidating to try and remember what your student
did back in 9th grade, when they’re now in 12th grade, so I don’t recommend putting this job off! Each
year in the spring, set aside time to write up descriptions of what your student has been doing, in order
to make this job easier.
Throughout your homeschool year, keep things such as textbooks, workbooks, records from co-op
classes, and any delight directed learning your student engaged in. Many of your course descriptions can
be found on the website where you purchased the curriculum. For instance, if you used Saxon Math, or
Apologia Science, go to www.saxon.com, www.apologia.com, or www.highschoolscience.com. They will
have course descriptions there for subjects that correlate with their textbooks. In general you can copy
their course descriptions for your own use.
If you’re not sure whether it’s okay to cut and paste course information from a website, all you have to
do is read it and then write your own course description. When our children were learning to write,
sometimes they got a little bit of writer’s block; when I wrote my course descriptions that happened to
me too, so it’s fine to use words from another source to get you started. It also doesn’t matter whether
you use future, past, or imperfect tense, just as long as you keep the same verb tense from description
When I wrote my course descriptions, I went to the library and checked out every book on
homeschooling high school, since they usually have five or six course descriptions in each book. I looked
for something that was closest to my class, and then imitated that to fit into my homeschool. Don’t be
intimidated by the writing; it’s just like a 5th grade writing assignment! You can get ideas from a lot of
different places in order to write.
If you get stuck, especially when you are writing about delight directed learning, simply write a list. Just
write a list of what museums you went to, what experiences you had, what things you built, etc. A list
can be an acceptable description for your course, so don’t stress over it!
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