HSLDA is, as usual, a font of information about transition from homeschool to college.
Lee Binz, the The Home Scholar also has loads of great information. She also offers tools and other help, although most homeschool parents are able to create their own transcripts. The Omaha Homeschool reviewed four tools to help with transcripts; you can see that here.
Transcript Course Descriptions
The Omaha Homeschool Learning Center provides information on our high school courses since some colleges require that a course description be included along with a transcript. The printable documents below are presented in both Portable Document Format (PDF) and Rich Text Format (RTF).
- This class will present the concepts and application of beginning accounting principles. The concepts discussed will develop a sound foundation for further study in subsequent business and accounting courses. This course views the accounting function as an essential and powerful activity in the business environment. The course teaches the student: (1) the basic accounting vocabulary, (2) to analyze business transactions from an accounting viewpoint, and (3) to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Upon completion of the course, you should have a solid foundation in the theory of financial accounting and should be able to solve problems utilizing accounting principles and techniques. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting and ethics in financial accounting.
- This class focuses on the central principles of the U.S. government and how power and responsibility are distributed, shared, and limited. The class will also discuss the ensuing deviations from the original federalist intentions of the Constitution. The relationship between politics and government will be studied.
- Students will study American fiction and poetry, using advanced literary analysis techniques including a more sophisticated understanding of plot, character, theme, denotation and connotation, imagery, figurative language, allusion, sound and meaning, and the basic standards for judging literature. The impact of American culture on literature, and literature on American culture, will also be examined. Students will write a literary analysis that will include explication and analysis.
- This college-preparatory biology course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and ecosystems. Dissection will take place in the spring semester.
- A laboratory-based high school course that gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry. Over the year, material will include such topics as thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, solutions, atomic structure, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students who take this course should be well prepared for a challenging university chemistry course. Prerequisite: Algebra I.
- The Writers’ Workshop is an instructor-led, structured approach to acquire and improve writing skills to prepare students to write on the high school and college level, with a strong emphasis on peer review. Students will study effective techniques at the sentence, paragraph, and essay level. At the sentence level, students will study word choice, sentence fluency, grammar and usage. At the paragraph level, students will use topic sentences and develop their work through supporting points and specific examples. As they develop three complete essays, students will learn to be aware of their audience and keep their purpose in mind, using transitions effectively to relate individual points and paragraphs to each other and to the main idea.
- Students continue their exploration of the United States government with a comprehensive and thorough study of the Constitution itself. This course will examine the amendments in more detail, and will also include the rise of political parties and the true meaning of the separation church state. Students will investigate competing interpretations: does the original meaning of the document endure or can Americans create new meanings to suit their particular needs?
- Arguments surround us, whether it’s deciding the right age to open a Facebook account, evaluating government health bills, buying a computer, or looking at a billboard. In fact, it’s so commonplace that it’s easy to overlook the complexity of even the simplest argument. Understood properly, the study of argumentation, or rhetoric, represents the highest synthesis of all academic pursuits, and the most important to practical living. Course work will include defining features of arguments, evaluating claims, examining logical structures, using evidence effectively, and studying different types of arguments (causal, resemblance, ethical, and proposal).
- The French Revolution marks the beginning of modern history, and has profoundly affected western society and culture. Endlessly debated since its outbreak in 1789, it has served as beacon for some, travesty for others, and artistic inspiration for many. In this course, we will seek to understand the Revolution’s causes, democratic and egalitarian promise, failures, and impact, and exploring some of their more intriguing cultural aspects, through the study and analysis of the major personalities of the epoch.
- Students will demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in the following areas: a. Understand the basic ideas in the areas of acting, directing, artistic criticism, including script analysis, action breakdown, staging, character creation, vocal techniques, and physical movement. b. Recognize the responsibilities of the producer, director, actors, designers, technicians and managers as they collaborate in the creation of the world of the play, culminating in a satisfying theatrical event for creators and audience alike. c. Participate in the rehearsal process, which is designed to foster detailed practical application in building the production, and which will include physical and vocal warm-up, improvisation, blocking, working with props, line memorization and timing. d.Confront the challenges and responsibilities inherent in the commitment to fulfilling the process of bringing the text from the page to the stage.
- An introduction to writing, speaking, listening and understanding the Spanish language. Students will be exposed to basic grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to build sentences in present tense, make and answering questions, and proper use of adjectives, articles, verbs, pronouns, and be able to practice and improve their reading and comprehension skills. Spanish speaking countries will be studied.
- This course includes reviewing lists of Spanish I vocabulary, and other grammatical forms. We will extend the knowledge learned in Spanish I by introducing new grammar tenses, verbs, vocabulary and a enriched use of adjectives, pronouns and others. We will continue to practice our reading comprehension, writing, listening and conversational skills, as well as expanding student knowledge of other Spanish speaking countries and their culture.