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    Okay, never heard of MOOC's before. Will go an research those as well. I really appreciate the help, everyone. Makes this daunting task a little less daunting. Thanks.

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    We are just starting to get our HS courses together for 9th grade. I am planning to keep writing samples from each course, tests for math, and a general course description of the books used. If we use a textbook, I will copy the table of contents with dates that chapters were started and completed.

    Our local HS will not take any homeschooled credits, even with documentation. You may luck out and they can decide to allow it, but usually they won't. I have to decide if we are all in for High School or not- I can't jump back and forth. The other option is for me to do on-line schools that award credit- our school has to accept those credits as transferring from the virtual school. Right now I think we are set to do 9th and 10th at home, then dual enroll in 11th grade at the local CC.
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    Tons and tons of help and resources at this site:
    As far as exactly what curriculum to use and how to design your transcripts, it does depend on the expectations of the school you'd be returning to.

    I have a somewhat US-centric download that you might find at least somewhat helpful here at SHS as well...

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    Piping in a little late here. You can definitely mix and match. MOOCS are good, as are just plain used textbooks. You can find good, quality texts used on Amazon or Abebooks, if you feel you need them for a spine.

    Also, for the topics that are your kid's passion, let them be a bit self-taught. Help find resources, but then just let them explore. For us, that led to DD writing all the time (easily language arts) and DS teaching himself how to program (computer programming on the transcript.)

    I echo what others say about returning to high school in the states. Don't count on it being easy. In our state. We knew once we started high school, we were in it for the entirety. If you return to the states while your child is still in high school, you can also look into dual credit at college. In some states it's inexpensive for homeschooled students.

    Also keep good records. Not sure if it was mentioned yet, but Google Lee Binz on keeping records. She's a bit churchy, but she has excellent examples.

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    Thank you all for the responses, they have been a great source of information. It looks like we will be doing year nine and ten at home, gathering credits with a small variety of online courses and by creating portfolios of the work we do at home. Our son has already completed the UK secondary education curriculum of integrated maths and computer science, so I can count those as his first two credits, right? Also, he is about to sit his level two exam of classical guitar. Do you think that we can assign one credit for that, if he passes? Or would that be only half a credit? (he's been playing for four years). We've visited our local high school and they have said that they are happy to accept our home-school credits, and that he can use those towards his high school diploma with them. So he may do his last two years at that school. We just need to make sure that he gets six to seven credits a year in the next two years with us. As I mentioned, I hope that we have three of those already 'in the bag', as he started all this work so early. What do you guys think? Sounds like a workable plan, right? Even my husband seems to be on board, now that he has seen 'the official transcript' that I printed off from here, and filled it out with his achievements so far. I am so happy that we found 'Secular homeschool', it's been such a help!

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    That is great to find a school to help out. If you are assigning credits, you should check with the high school your child could be going to to see how they count credits. They may have a catalog online that outlines the electives and credits earned.
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    Thanks everyone! We now not only feel confident enough to continue our 'mix-and'match' approach through high school, we even discovered that our son has already gained quite a few high school credits, before we even fully realised that he had started high school. I mean, this last year he already finished his online integrated math and computer science courses for the UK IGCSE exams (two years ahead of where he should be), so he's got two credits for that. He has completed several years of classical guitar (about to sit his level two exam), he is taking Time4writing high school level courses, works at an advanced high school level in Dutch (as a second language), and has been working daily on Spanish for the last two years. Anyway, I'm not sharing this to brag, but more as a pleasant revelation. It turns out that we have already been doing what I was dreading to start doing. Isn't that funny? I'm now working on the transcript, portfolios, etc. It all turns out that it wasn't so daunting after all. Thanks again for the encouragement.

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