A lot of home-school students take community college courses while still in high school (often called dual enrollment), and usually those colleges require a transcript for admissions. Not only do they require a transcript, but they will also want to see a high school GPA, because they have requirements about GPA for admissions. If you don’t usually do grades in your home-school, this might present a challenge, but it’s not impossible! Here are some helpful tips for creating a GPA based on your child’s home-school work.
For those who use mastery in their home-school instead of grades (or a combination of the two), start by assigning a numeric grade to each class. This can involve some estimation, but if you keep it simple, it will accurately reflect your child’s abilities. If your child has met your high expectations for a particular course, and has done a very good job, assign that course a grade of 4.0. If they did okay, better than their public school counterparts, assign them a 3.0. If they did a rather poor job, but they kept going on to the next level and kept learning, then give them a 2.0
Do this for each course that you have not generated grades for. Then take all the class grades, and group them according to number. Take all the classes that earned a 4.0 and multiply that by the number of credits your child received for that class. For example, if they took a half credit course and got a 4.0 in it, they would receive 2 grade points for that class (4 x .5). Do this for each class, to arrive at a cumulative grade point. Then average all the grade points they received in all their courses. To do this, add up all the grade points and divide them by the total number of credits awarded (not the total courses, the total number of credits). This will take into account any half credits your student earns. This final number is your student’s home-school GPA. You can calculate GPA by semester, or just create a cumulative GPA.