Saylor High School Plan

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Homeschooling for College Credit Using Saylor Academy Courses

About the 4-Year High School Plan

What:  This plan is a full 4-year high school plan using curriculum provided by the non-profit organization Saylor Academy.  Saylor Academy offers free online courses that are open-access and self-paced.  Students must have internet access to retrieve content.  Students can complete this entire program without cost, however taking advantage of the college credit options will involve associated costs.

Relationship:  Homeschooling for College Credit or Jennifer Cook-DeRosa are not affiliated with Saylor Academy.  Saylor Academy did not create or endorse this plan.

High school credits using the plan as shown:  24

Potential college credits using Saylor (ACE/NCCRS): 30 credits

Cost for curriculum as shown:  $0.00

Cost for 30 ACE/NCCRS college credits as shown:  $275

 High School distribution for this plan:

Language Arts: 4 credits

Math:  4 credits

Science: 4 credits

Science Lab:  2 credits

Social Science and History:  4 credits

Electives:  8 credits

Transcript at-a-Glance

(What your teen’s high school transcript will say)

YEAR:  9th GRADE                   High School                        College                Cost

9th Grade Language Arts                1 cr.

Algebra                                                1 cr.

Biology w/Lab (Honors)                 1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

American Government                  1 cr.

AP United States History              1 cr.

Intro. Sociology                               0.5 cr.                                    1 cr.                        $25

Intro. Psychology                           0.5 cr.                                    2 cr.                        $25        

TOTAL                                                   6.0 cr.                                 6 cr.                        $75

 

YEAR:  10th GRADE                      High School                        College                Cost

10th Grade Language Arts            1 cr.

Geometry                                           1 cr.

Microbiology (Honors)                   1 cr.

Economics I                                        1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

Art History (Honors)                       1 cr.

Intro. To Political Science              1 cr.                                                                        _______

TOTAL                                                   6 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

 

 

YEAR:  11th GRADE                      High School                        College                Cost

11th Grade Language Arts            1 cr.

College Algebra                                1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

Chemistry w/Lab (Honors)           1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

Economics II                                      1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

World History                                    1 cr.

Govt. and Politics US                      1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25___

TOTAL                                                   6 cr.                                        12 cr.                     $100

 

 

YEAR:  12th GRADE                       High School                        College                Cost

12th Grade Language Arts            1 cr.

Calculus (Honors)                            1 cr.

Physics C (Honors)                          1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

Speech                                                 1 cr.

Computer Science                           1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25

Govt. and Politics Comp.               1 cr.                                        3 cr.                        $25        

TOTAL                                                   6 cr.                                        9 cr.                        $75

 

GRAND TOTAL                                   24 cr.                                     30 cr.                     $275


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will my teen earn a degree following this plan?

No.  Homeschool parents only have the authority to award high school diplomas, not college degrees.  Saylor Academy is not a college and does not award college degrees.

 

Who are the teachers?

The homeschool parent is the legal teacher for each course.  Saylor Academy is the author of the course content.

 

Is the curriculum considered college prep?

Yes.  The majority of courses in this plan are at or above 12th grade level, and exceed the Carnegie Unit hour expectation for college prep content.   This plan is considered very rigorous and may be too difficult for students working at or below 12th grade level.  (Parents can preview content at Saylor)

 

Do I have to use this plan for all 4 years?

No.  This plan was written to demonstrate the possibilities available.

 

What about textbooks?

Saylor Academy courses integrate free online textbooks into their courses.  Links in the course take you directly to the chapter or page you are required to read.

 

What is the difference between a Saylor exam and other exams listed?

Saylor exams are written for the Saylor course, so they align with the course perfectly.  Taking an exam is optional.  When you choose to take an exam, it will be administered via webcam by a 3rd party proctor ($25 fee).

The second column identifies other exam brands that exist in that subject/course.  (Advanced Placement, CLEP, DSST)  In some cases, students may know that their college awards credit for specific brands and not others, or have personal preferences.   If you’re choosing a non-Saylor exam product, you’ll need to make registration and payment arrangements with the provider directly.

 

Can I modify this plan?

Yes.  There are a number of other courses available through Saylor that are not on this list.

 

Will these credits be accepted by my teen’s target college?

Saylor Academy has partnerships with more than 16 colleges that guarantee credit transfer.  If your teen attends a non-partner college, the transfer will be subject to the target college’s own policy.  As a guide, Advanced Placement Exams are accepted at approximately 3200 colleges, CLEP at approximately 2900 colleges, and DSST / ACE / NCCRS at approximately 1400 colleges.

Students who take the Saylor exam will have ACE/ NCCRS credit.  Students may choose to use the curriculum for a different exam that matches their target college’s requirements.

For students currently enrolled in a college degree program, contact your college directly.

 

My teen is only in 9th grade.  What if their credit isn’t accepted later?

Even the best crystal ball can’t predict whether a course or exam will be eligible for college credit several years from now.  Homeschooling for College Credit believes that learning trumps credit earning. Regardless of whether or not a teen is awarded college credit later, they’ve still earned high school credit and successfully demonstrated college-level learning!  High school students are encouraged to take every college credit exam they are qualified for.

 

Is this curriculum Christian?

No.  Saylor curriculum is secular.  Parents who want to replace some or all of the courses with free online Christian content may find Easy Peasy a good alternative.   Easy Peasy Curriculum

 

What about Foreign Language?

Foreign language is currently not available through Saylor Academy.  You may want to supplement the plan with a foreign language program.  Remove 1 credit of elective for every 1 credit of foreign language you add.  Colleges prefer 2 sequential years of the same language (2 credits).

 

What about American / US History?

American/US History is currently not available through Saylor Academy, but an Advanced Placement American/US History course from Khan Academy is provided as an alternative.  The AP US History course is offered at no charge and is also self-paced.  Khan Academy AP History Course

 

What about science labs?

The science courses offered through Saylor Academy do not include labs.  The University of Colorado Boulder offers access to free online lab simulations for Biology and Chemistry.  The appropriate links have been added to your plan.  For hands-on labs, you can purchase science lab kits through your favorite online retailer.  If you do not use labs, omit the phrase “with lab” on your student’s high school transcript.

 

Why do some of these high school classes require more than one Saylor course?

For this plan, high school credit load is based on Carnegie Units, so in cases where the contact hours for 1 Saylor course were too low, additional Saylor courses were added to meet the deficiencies and “build” a full high school credit.

 

Since so many courses are honors or college level, should I weight my teen’s grades / Grade Point Average/ Quality Points?

That’s not an easy answer, and there are a number of factors to consider before deciding to weight your teen’s grades.  Before deciding, you may want to see what your local school district is doing.  If your teen is applying to college locally, you may want to mirror your local school’s guidelines.

Know that some colleges will undo your weighting and return your teen’s GPA to a 4.0 scale, while in other cases a 4.0 isn’t high enough to be competitive, so not weighting puts your teen at a disadvantage.  Whatever you decide, use the same method for all 4 years.  If you decide to switch during high school, modify your transcript to reflect your final decision.

The Plan

*You can download the entire 8-page guide if you prefer: saylor-high-school

9th Grade
Category

 

 

High School Transcript Reads High School

Credit Awarded

Length of

Course

Saylor Curriculum Required College Credit

Saylor only

Other exam options
Language Arts 9th Grade Language Arts 1 credit 1 year ENGL000: Pre-College English

and

ENGL001: English Composition 1

 

No No
Math Algebra 1 credit 1 year RWM102: Algebra No No

 

Science Honors Biology with Lab 1 credit 1 year BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

and

Lab:  Phet Virtual Biology Lab

ACE

3 cr.

$25

AP

8 cr.

$93

 

CLEP

6 cr. $80

Social Science & History American Govt. 1 credit 1 year POLSC232: American Government No CLEP

3 cr. $80

Social Science & History AP United States History 1 credit 1 year AP US History through Khan Academy

Khan Academy AP History Course

No AP

6 cr.

$93

Elective Intro. to Sociology ½ credit ½ year SOC101: Introduction to Sociology ACE

1 cr.

$25

CLEP

3 cr.

$80

Elective Intro. to Psychology ½ credit ½ year

 

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology ACE

2 cr.

$25

AP

3 cr.

$93

 

CLEP

3 cr.

$80

 

10th Grade
Category

 

 

High School Transcript Reads High School

Credit Awarded

Length of

Course

Saylor Curriculum Required College Credit

Saylor only

Other exam options
Language Arts 10th Grade Language Arts 1 credit 1 year ENGL002: English Composition 2

and

PRDV003: Word Processing using Microsoft Word

and

PRVD002:  Professional Writing

and

PRDV102: Resume Writing

No CLEP

6 cr.

$80

Math Geometry 1 credit 1 year RWM103: Geometry No No

 

Science Advanced Biology 1 credit 1 year BIO307:  Microbiology No No
Social Science & History Economics I 1 credit 1 year ECON102:  Principles of Macroeconomics ACE

3 cr.

$25

CLEP

3 cr. $80

Elective Honors Art History 1 credit 1 year ARTH101: Art Appreciation and Techniques No AP

6 cr.

$93

Elective Intro. to Political Science 1 credit 1 year

 

POLSC101: Introduction to Political Science No No
11th Grade
Category

 

 

High School Transcript Reads High School

Credit Awarded

Length of

Course

Saylor Curriculum Required College Credit

Saylor only

Other exam options
Language Arts 11th Grade Language Arts 1 credit 1 year ENGL210: Technical Writing

and

CUST104: Business Communications

No DSST

3 cr.

$80

Math College

Algebra

1 credit 1 year MA001:  College Algebra ACE

3 cr.

$25

CLEP

3 cr.

$80

Science Honors Chemistry with Lab 1 credit 1 year CHEM101:  General Chemistry

and

Lab:

Phet Virtual Chemistry Lab

ACE

3 cr.

$25

AP

8 cr.

$93

 

CLEP

6 cr. $80

Social Science & History World History 1 credit 1 year HIST103:  World History No AP

6 cr.

$93

Elective Economics II 1 credit 1 year ECON101:  Principles of Microeconomics ACE

1 cr.

$25

AP

3 cr.

$93

 

CLEP

3 cr.

$80

Elective Govt. & Politics United States 1 credit 1 year

 

POLSC201: Introduction to Western Political Thought NCCRS

3 cr.

$25

AP

3 cr.

$93

 

12th Grade
Category

 

 

High School Transcript Reads High School

Credit Awarded

Length of

Course

Saylor Curriculum Required College Credit

Saylor only

Other exam options
Language Arts 12th Grade Language Arts 1 credit 1 year ENGL405:  The American Renaissance (American Literature) No CLEP

3 cr.

$80

Math Honors Calculus 1 credit 1 year K12MATH013: Calculus AB No AP

3-4 cr.

$93

 

CLEP

4 cr.

$80

Science Honors Physics C: Mechanics 1 credit 1 year PHYS101:  Introduction to Mechanics

 

ACE

3 cr.

$25

AP

4 cr.

$93

Social Science & History Govt. & Politics Compar-ative 1 credit 1 year POLSC221:  Introduction to Comparative Politics ACE

3 cr.

$25

AP

3 cr. $93

Elective Speech 1 credit 1 year COMM101:  Public Speaking

and

SALES103:  Public Speaking

and

PRDV103: Interviewing Skills

No DSST

3 cr.

$80

Elective Honors

Computer Science

1 credit 1 year

 

CS101: Computer Science 1

and

CS102: Computer Science 2

ACE

3 cr.

$25

AP

3-4 cr.

$93