Resources for Homeschool Administrators
These resources are specifically for homeschool administrators to use as a reference while putting together application materials for your student(s).
If you have any questions about the templates above or have a question that is not addressed by either guide, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students who completed coursework independently while homeschooled will need to send course descriptions of each individual course they took through this method. We require course descriptions for all core coursework and elective coursework taken at home. A course description should contain a summary of content covered in the course and can include a list of resources used, the name of the instructor, and methods of examination and grading. Students should follow their state’s homeschool requirements to determine the length and hours needed to complete each course. The state of Wisconsin requires that students complete a minimum of 875 hours total per academic year across all courses, divided as the homeschool administrator sees fit between core and elective coursework. Ideally, a full year course should cover at least 125-150 hours, and a half year course should cover at least 60 hours.
Below are three sample course descriptions, and the full course description guide can be downloaded for your use as well.
Science 10- Chemistry
Instructor: Karen Rosenbloom
Course Length: 1 academic year (August 2018–May 2019), approx. 145 hours
Assignments: Quizzes and tests, lab work
Resources: Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd Edition by Plourde and Hughes (Apologia)
This course is a first-year Chemistry course designed to cover the basic high school chemistry curriculum. Topics include measurement & units, atoms & molecules, atomic structure, molecular structure, polyatomic ions and molecular geometry, stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and more. The student will also conduct home-based lab experiments in accordance with the above units, guided by the included resource. The student will be tested on their knowledge through unit-based quizzes and multi-unit-based exams, in addition to their performance in lab-based work. This course is a standard level college preparatory course preparing them for college-level science coursework.
Sample: Honors Algebra II
Math 11- Honors Algebra II
Instructor: Thomas Renault (BS in Mathematics from Accredited University, MA in Mathematics Education (Secondary) from Accredited University)
Course Length: 1 academic year (September 2019–June 2020), approx. 160 hours
Assignments: Homework, Quizzes, Exams
Resources: Algebra II Homeschool Kit by Saxon (includes student textbook and testing book)
The course is a continuation and deeper look into algebraic concepts. Topics include uniform motion, chemistry-related problems, simultaneous equations with 2 and 3 variables, non-linear equations, geometry, right-triangle trigonometry, conversion from rectangular to polar coordinates, addition of vectors, complex numbers, quadratic formulas. The student will be asked to regularly complete homework assignments, which will account for a small portion of the student’s grade. They will additionally complete occasional quizzes and multi-unit-based tests, which make up the largest portion of the student’s grade. This course is being held at the honors level and was taught by an external, credentialed mathematics teacher.
Sample: Spanish II
Language 11- Spanish II
Instructor: Dr. Martina Estevez (BA in Spanish from Accredited University, PhD in Spanish Literature from Accredited University)
Course Length: 1 academic year (August 2019–May 2020), approx. 130 hours
Assignments: Quizzes, Tests, Short Writing Assignments, Oral Tests, Presentations
Resources: ¡Expresate! by Holt, external readings and videos
This course is an intermediate-level Spanish course building on the foundation from Spanish I. Students begin to develop strong vocabulary and grammar skills through a study of culture, cultural readings, and writing. Additionally, the student will more confidently participate in conversation through class discussions and oral quizzes/exams. At the end of the year, the student will give an oral presentation covering a particular celebratory event hosted by a Spanish-speaking country of their choice. This course was conducted by an accredited instructor who conducted the class via virtual sessions with our student.