How to Earn Credits

There are a variety of ways to earn academic credits:

A.     Coverage of 3/4 of a standard textbook in the course area:

Parents must provide the name, publisher, and date of the primary textbook being used.  Parents should also maintain a portfolio of the student’s work in that subject area (such as corrected answers to exercises, tests, written reports, etc.).

B.      135 logged hours spent in the course area, with an additional 30 hours for a lab course.

Parents must record time spent in the subject area.  Time recorded does not only include actual instructional time, but may also include time spent working on projects, viewing related videos or films, going on a related field trip, studying independently, attending a class, etc.

To keep a log of hours, simply give your high school student a stack of log forms (sample can be found and printed from the “Forms” section of our website).  Let them title each sheet with the subject (History, Phys Ed, Service, etc.).  Let your student fill in a square on the log sheet for each thing he does.  For instance, if he does a vocabulary lesson and then reads his world literature novel for an hour, he will log 2 squares:  one square will say vocabulary, one will say world lit.

C.      Sixteen appropriate books on a topic with a written summary.

D.      Completion of a semester course at a college or business school.

If parents wish to utilize this option, they must submit a copy of the student’s grade report from the institution at which the course was taken. (In the case of a college writing course, the student must also complete the required Mt. Sophia reading component in order to receive language arts credit.)

E.      Passing the Advanced Placement Exam in the course area.

To obtain credit, it will be necessary to submit a copy of the student’s test report.

In 2011, Mount Sophia is introducing graduated language arts requirments as follows:

Graduated Language Arts Requirements

grade level 2 level 3 level 4 level 5
grade 9 reading: 15 books (3 classics, 5 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

2 essays

5-page paper

reading:  20 books (3 classics, 5 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

3 essays

7-page paper OR 5 & 3-page papers

reading:  30 books (5 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

5 short papers

5 essays

2 5-page papers

reading:  40 books (6 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

6 short papers

6 essays

2 7-page papers

grade 10 reading:  15 books (3 classics, 5 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

3 essays

6-page paper

reading:  20 books (3 classics, 5 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

4 essays

8-page paper OR 5 &

4 page papers

reading:  30 books (5 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

6 short papers

5 essays

2 5-page papers

reading:  40 books (6 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

8 short papers

6 essays

2 7-page papers

grade 11 reading:  20 books (3 classics, 5 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

4 essays

5-page paper + 3-page paper

reading:  25 books (3 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

4 essays

10-page paper OR

2 5-page papers

reading:  37 books (5 classics, 15 can be Bible)writing:

6 short papers

6 essays

10-page + 5-page paper

reading:  50 books (6 classics, 20 can be Bible)writing:

8 short papers

8 essays

2 10-page papers OR 10-page and 2 5-page papers

grade 12 reading:  25 books (3 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

4 essays

2 5-page papers OR

10-page paper

reading:  25 books (3 classics, 10 can be Bible)writing:

4 short papers

4 essays

10-page paper

reading:  37 books (5 classics, 15 can be Bible)writing:

6 short papers

6 essays

10-page paper + 5-page paper

reading:  50 books (6 classics, 20 can be Bible)writing:

8 short papers

8 essays

2 10-page papers OR

10-page + 2 5-page papers

In addition all students should complete a grammar book or an alternative discussed with advisor.  Keep rough drafts of compositions, indicating corrections made in grammar and composition.

Give at least one speech to a group outside the immediate family.