In-Person English + History Classes for College Credit – The Basics
Home School Partners students earn college credits for their classes!
These are nationally accredited classes, in conjunction with a college that has institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. (This is the same accreditation as, for example, Ohio State University and many other midwestern colleges and universities.) Translation: The credits should transfer to most other colleges your student wants to attend.
Note: I personally called the admissions offices of many local community colleges and Christian and secular universities–AB Tech, Blue Ridge Community College, Bob Jones University, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, North Greenville University, UNC Asheville, and Montreat College–and asked them bluntly if the dual enrollment credits would transfer. The admissions officers at all those institutions either outright said, “Yes, they’ll all transfer,” or (paraphrasing) “I can’t officially say ‘Yes, they’ll all transfer’ over over the phone until I look at them personally, because that’s our policy, but I’m sure they’ll transfer.” (This was partly because the dual enrollment classes we’re doing are very common “General Education” ones like English and history, not weird, atypical classes like “Icelandic Pottery” or “Advanced Volleyball” or something like that.) The only admissions officer who said anything different was the one at BJU, who said the school only takes dual enrollment credits during the junior and senior years of high school–something I’m sure creative homeschooling parents can adjust to….the bottom line is that if you know for sure where your homeschooler will be going to college, I’d call the admissions office to find out their policy on dual enrollment, but I’m confident they’ll be accommodating.
In-Person Class Sets Offered in 2023-24:
Wednesday – 6 college credits (3 for American Government, 3 for American Literature)
Thursday – 9 college credits (3 for World History I, 3 for World History II, 3 for World Literature)
Credits by year:
Here’s how the college credits pile up for a student who takes four years of Home School Partners in-person classes starting in August 2023 (of course, students may earn all the credits that apply to them, even if they don’t go four years at HSP):
2023-24 – “9th/10th”:
American Government (3 credits)
American Literature (3 credits)
In the above set, American Literature is a part of English, which includes Grammar, Vocabulary, and Composition.
2024-25 – “9th/10th”:
English I (3 credits)
English II (3 credits)
The above set also includes Civics (1 semester) and Economics (1 semester). The English part includes Classic Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Composition.
2025-26 – “11th/12th”:
World Literature (3 credits)
World History I (3 credits)
World History II (3 credits)
In the above set, World Literature is a part of English, which includes Composition.
2026-27 – “11th/12th”:
U. S. History I (3 credits)
U. S. History II (3 credits)
British Literature (3 credits)
In the above set, British Literature is a part of English, which includes Composition.
That’s a total of 30 college credits in high school through Home School Partners, not including the online summer classes HSP students are eligible to take.
The Christian university I am partnering with has also agreed to let HSP students take a summer class or two (a summer class lasts six weeks) for the dual enrollment price of $300 per class, a savings of $750 off the regular price.
If your student took one online college class during each summer of high school, it would be possible to graduate from high school with 30 credits + (3 credits each summer x 4 summers) = 42 credits at the end of high school!
Then, students who took two online classes at a time (6 credits at a time, which is the normal load) starting the August after high school graduation could earn an A.A. degree by March (only eight months later)!
Your student can earn an Associate’s degree more quickly…and avoid brainwashing attempts!
The beauty of this is something I’ve been working on and praying about for years: a Christian alternative to secular community colleges, which are, as you’re probably aware, widely “woke” and anti-Christian, virtually beyond repair. Some of the worst brainwashing content is in English and history classes.
English/literature classes in secular community colleges and universities often feature anti-Christian, R-rated, X-rated, and depressing reading material (and discussions about them right in front of other students of the opposite gender).
History classes in secular community colleges and universities? Don’t get me started! Pro-communist/socialist, anti-free market, anti-Christian and “western” civilization…and I’m sure you’re aware of the gender confusion and “critical race theory” being integrated into classes.
I’ve encountered many young people over the last decade who were Christian homeschooled, whose parents fell for the “free” dual enrollment classes, and who came out of those classes lost, confused, and thoroughly secularized (and often nearly unrecognizable).
There are even local community college professors who openly brag that they will undo all of their homeschooled students’ worldviews in one or two semesters!
Well, through Home School Partners, those English and history classes will be taken care of…with a Christian worldview!
More details about the High School English + History Classes
High School classes meet once per week for 32 weeks (16 weeks before Christmas, 16 weeks after). The classes are designed to complement the efforts of parents who are home schooling their high school children and are not in any way intended to replace the homeschooling parent, who is, of course, the primary teacher of a homeschooled child. I teach students from a Biblical worldview, while making them aware of other worldviews.
Each week at the end of class, students receive an assignment sheet broken up into four days of subjects, which they complete and bring to class the next week with their notes and completed exercises. We review the readings and exercises together, sometimes using PowerPoint slides, and sometimes in groups of 4-6 students at tables. Each week there is also some type of group activity such as Jeopardy! or a crossword puzzle or another game to give students a chance to interact with each other and reinforce what we’ve been studying in class.
What Each High School Class Set Includes:
- English (Literature and Composition, along with Grammar/Vocabulary in the “9th/10th Grade” classes)
- History (over four years we do Civics, Economics, American Government, U. S. History I, U. S. History II, World History I, and World History II)
Four Years of High School, Four Different Class Sets
The Home School Partners high school classes operate on an “every-other-year” rotating basis. Each year two class sets—one 9th/10th grade class set, and one 11th/12th grade class set—are offered; the next year two different sets (one 9th/10th grade, one 11th/12th grade) are offered.
Thus, students may take four totally different high school class sets, four years in a row!
Other Benefits of High School Classes
- Weekly Assignment Sheets – Students receive an assignment sheet broken up into daily assignments for that week (see below for an example).
- Essay Corrections: I correct and return student essays using my experience as a writer and editor. If students carefully review and commit to making corrections on their future essays based upon my suggestions and comments, they will greatly improve and speed up their ability to write clearly and effectively!
- Evaluation Reports: These are updated and emailed throughout the year. At the year’s end, I provide parents with a report that can be updated and added to (it can be used as a high school transcript).
- Weekly Synopses: To assist in record keeping, each week I send parents a synopsis, with information on what was studied in every subject that week.
- Transcript: I provide an editable document that your family may use to build a transcript for your high school student (see below for an example).
- Games/Fun Stuff/Interaction with Other Students: Our classes include group projects, activities, Jeopardy! games (and other games), discussions, films, educational field trips to study the effect of poultry consumption on the human body (Chick-fil-A outings), and more.
Examples of Transcript Document and Weekly Assignment Sheet Provided for Students and Parents: