In this page:
- How to start?
- What to record?
- When to update?
When your child starts doing high school-level work, that’s when you start keeping records.
How to start?
Start by creating your plan for high school, which you’ll probably want to do *before* your child enters high school. You can edit it over the years.
The simplest way to record the information is in a spreadsheet. I used a Google sheet, which I shared with my child and my spouse.
My original spreadsheet started out as an empty template, and I added information as I had it. Over the years, I removed the things that didn’t pan out and added things as they occurred.
What to record?
I broke up the spreadsheet into sections: Language Arts, Social Science/History, Foreign Language, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Electives. I also included a section that was for non-academic stuff, like summer programs, certifications, etc. Your sections might look different.
Under each section, for each class I included:
- Class name
- Class description
- Grade (if applicable)
- Credit (if any)
- Date (we used the end date or date range—some classes covered several years)
- Resources (textbooks, readings, videos, workshops, etc.). Include syllabus, ISBN, table of contents, and other helpful info.
- Provider (homeschool class, tutor, CC class, self study, co-op, etc.)
- Instructor (include credentials, if any)
- Standardized scores (AP, SAT, CLEP, etc.)
- Subject (e.g., English, geography, etc.)
- Level (college, honors, etc.)
When to update?
- End of semester with completed courses
- Any new award, activity, etc.
- End of summer with summer activities