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Graduating with Home Ed – Frequently Asked Questions:


1. What are the requirements to graduate with Home Ed?





4 credits


- Algebra 1

- Geometry

- Algebra II or 3rd math if not completing smart core

- 4th math


4 credits


- Biology

- Physical Science

- 3rd science or Computer



3 credits

Social Studies

- U.S. History

- World History

- Civics/Government

- Economics & Personal



1 credit

1 credit

½ credit

½ credit

Physical Education

½ credit

Fine Arts

½ credit

Health & Safety

½ credit

Oral Communications

½ credit

Electives (athletics can only be used to fulfill ONE career focus elective)

BEGINNING WITH 9TH GRADERS 2022-23 one elective MUST BE a computer science credit

6 credits




*One class from above must be taken as a digital/online course









22 credits



The graduation requirements are based on the Arkansas Department of Education for every public school graduation. Public school students are also required to take the Civics Exam and have hands-on CPR training.  This is not required for homeschooling students. 

2. What are the requirements for high school graduation in the state of Arkansas?

The 22 credit hours required to graduate with Home Ed are the same “Core” requirements to graduate in the state of Arkansas. The State of Arkansas recommends schools and students complete their “Smart Core” requirements.

3. How do Smart Core requirements differ from Core requirements?

Smart Core requirements are for those students who plan to attend college  Smart core requires Algebra 2 as the 3rd math course and a 4th math course to be taken in 11th/12th grade. Options for this 4th math course include Statistics, Consumer Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Finite Math, College Algebra, Trigonometry, etc. The Smart Core also requires the 3rd science course to be either Chemistry or Physics.

4. What are the high school requirements for most colleges?

Many colleges require completion of the “Smart Core” course requirements in high school. In addition, some colleges require/prefer the completion of foreign language classes in high school. Check the websites of your student’s colleges of interest to become familiar with each college’s specific requirements.

5. Do I have to complete specific course parameters to graduate with Home Ed?

No. The curriculum you choose, and the specific details you cover, for each high school course are entirely your decision as a homeschool family.

6. What if my student has learning issues and cannot complete certain high school level courses?

As a homeschool family, you can choose to teach various courses at lower grade levels as needed. For example, you might choose to use an 8th grade curriculum for Chemistry for your high school student with significant learning issues.

7. How are credits calculated?

In general, a full-year course is counted as 1 credit, and a ½-year course is counted as .5 credit. A “full year” is a minimum of 32 weeks of instruction and coursework. Physical Education activities and Fine Arts instruction/activities are usually counted as  .5 credit courses.

8. What counts as a Fine Arts ½ credit?

The Fine Arts .5 credit may be fulfilled with an art class, art curriculum, music instruction, music appreciation course, vocal instruction, theater involvement, worship team involvement, band, orchestra, etc.

9. What counts as a Health & Safety ½ credit?

The Health & Safety .5 credit may be fulfilled with a course in nutrition, health science, lifesaving and CPR. Boy Scout programs and Volunteer Firefighter programs can also count and Health & Safety.

10. What counts as an Elective?

ANY course in addition to those listed as required in certain areas is considered an elective. Example: If a student takes a 4th Science course, it counts as an elective (since only Biology and 2 out of Physical Science/Chemistry/Physics is required). Another example: If a student takes World Civilization 1 in 9th grade, and then takes World Civilization 2 in 10th grade, World Civ 2 is an elective (since only 1 World History course is required).

11. What if my student takes more than ½ year of PE or Music?

After the .5 credit requirement of either Physical Education or Music, ONE additional year involvement may be counted on the transcript an elective to count toward the (6) Career Focus Electives.

12. Why does my student have to take an online course to graduate?

This high school requirement was added by the State of Arkansas. Since most colleges and jobs utilize elements of online work, it makes sense to better prepare our students in high school.

13. Do any classes taken in 8th grade count as high school credits?

If a student takes Algebra 1 or a high school level Physical Science course as an 8th grader, those classes can be listed on the high school transcript. Those courses should be listed in the 9th grade section of the transcript with some type of indication they were taken in 8th grade. Example: “Algebra 1 (8th grade)”

14. Can we count Bible Study as a high school course?

Yes. It is considered an elective.

15. What are concurrent college courses?

Concurrent college courses are classes taken through a college while in high school. These classes count as both high school credit and college credit. Since college courses last only 1 semester, each semester course counts as a 1-credit high school class and a 3-credit college course.

16. How do I know which concurrent college courses transfer to a college?

Most colleges include a “course transfer” section on their websites, detailing which requisites they will accept from other institutions. The Arkansas Course Transfer System (https://acts.adhe.edu/studenttransfer.aspx) provides this information for colleges in the state. NOTE: Thoroughly research the freshmen requisites of your student’s colleges of interest (so you do not take any concurrent college classes which will not transfer).


17. Where can my student take concurrent college courses?

Concurrent classes can be taken directly through UA-Pulaski Technical College, UALR, SAU, Liberty University, Belhaven University, and many others. Students must apply for admission as a concurrent high school student. In lieu of the ACT, students may take the untimed Accuplacer Test to be accepted. [Refer the websites of the college for details.]


18. How do I prepare an “official transcript” required by many colleges?

Some colleges will accept a homeschool transcript as long as it contains certain information (especially anticipated graduation date). If a college will not accept a transcript completed by the homeschool parent, Education Alliance can prepare a transcript for you (for the price of a donation). To order a transcript from Education Alliance, use https://arkansashomeschool.org/index.php/services/high-school-transcript/.


19. How do I calculate GPA for my student?

Step #1: To calculate GPA, assign the appropriate numerical value to each letter grade.


Letter Grade

# of Credits

# of Quality Points


























Step #2: Add the total number of credits taken in the year.

Step #3: Add the total number of quality points.

Step #4: Divide the total number of quality points by the total number of credits to equal

the GPA.


20. What type of transcript is required by Home Ed?

Any transcript format you choose is fine for Home Ed purposes. Our graduation committee needs to see copies of transcripts only to verify necessary credits to graduate.












21. Do you have an example of a transcript format I can use?



22. What is involved in graduating with Home Ed?

· Home Ed Member – The family must formally register as a Home Ed member prior to

the fall deadline, Oct. 1st.

· Date – The graduation ceremony is typically scheduled for the 2nd Thursday in May, but that can vary depending on venue availability.

· Cost – If your child participated in the Junior year fundraiser (which contributes $100.00 toward their graduation fees, then it is usually only  a $50 graduation fee is collected by October. If they didn't participate in that, the cost is $150.00. We strive very hard to keep costs reasonable.  If costs for the venue, sound technician, and after-party exceed the total collected, an additional fee will need to be charged in January. The cost of cap, gown, cords, graduation announcements, and diploma are the responsibility of each family.

· Cap/Gown – The graduate’s cap and gown are ordered from Josten’s in November or

December. Home Ed does not change the color (navy blue) so that younger siblings may re-use the cap/gown of older siblings or Home Ed friends.

· Ceremony – Students sit together as a class during the formal ceremony, and the

parents sit together in the opposite front section of the venue. This enables parents to walk across the stage to present their child with a diploma when the name of each graduate is announced.

· Location – The location of the graduation ceremony varies but is based on capacity

to hold our large Home Ed community and relatives. Past venues include Immanuel Baptist Church, Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, and Fellowship Bible Church.

· Reception/Boards – After the graduation ceremony, the sophomore class hosts a reception

where each graduate displays a board featuring photos and memorabilia. These

boards will be provided to you at a Spring parent meeting.

· After-Party – Home Ed hosts a graduation After-Party for the graduates (plus up to 1

guest each). The After-Party is usually held at a local restaurant from 11:00 pm – 1:00 am and includes food, DJ, and dancing.

· Diploma – A formal diploma is presented to each graduate by the parents during the


· Credits verified – In both the fall and the spring, transcripts are verified by the graduation

committee to ensure each student has completed the necessary courses to graduate with Home Ed.

· Class photos – Formal class photos are taken following the afternoon rehearsal prior to


· Slide show – Students submit 4 pictures each for the slide show played during graduation.

In addition, a slide picturing a senior picture and a preschool picture is displayed as each graduate is announced to receive his/her diploma.

· Program – The graduation program includes a head-and-shoulders senior picture of each

graduate, as well as a 90-word write-up describing his/her high school achievements and future plans.

· Deadlines – Handouts describing all deadlines are distributed at the October mandatory

parent meeting.

· Mandatory parent meetings – At least one parent of each graduate must attend the

mandatory parent meetings (generally in October, December, and March), as well as the graduation rehearsal the afternoon of graduation.

23. What do the various graduation cords (aka ropes) represent?

The order for the various honor cords is placed at the same time as the cap and gown order.

o Antique gold = National Homeschool Honor Society

o Gold = Academic Honors (ACT Score of 26+ and GPA of 3.5+)

o Maroon = Music

o Pink = Art/Creativity/Dance

o Purple = Missions/Serving (250+ hours in high school)

o Red = Courage/Determination

o Red, White, & Blue = Eagle Scout

o White = Leadership

24. Who coordinates all Home Ed graduation details?

All graduation details are completed by parent and student volunteers. The class is coordinated by the class sponsor parent who was chosen by the Home Ed board of directors to head up that class’ activities.

25. How many students graduate with Home Ed each year?

The number of graduates differs each year, but averages between 70-90 students.

26. Are graduating seniors featured in the yearbook?

Yes! Each senior is honored with a section in the yearbook which includes a senior photo, preschool photo, and a personal write-up of approximately 130 words.

27. What if my student decides in the spring to participate in the Home Ed graduation ceremony?

Unfortunately, commitment to participate in the Home Ed graduation ceremony must be made in the fall (by Oct. 1st) of senior year to meet all deadlines.