High School students have several ways to work towards a diploma.
Of course, there is the traditional textbook path, earn credits through a portfolio or by means of essays and research, and don't forget life experiences and work/apprentice opportunities.
Below is a guideline for determining credit hours if you are not using a standard text book or curriculum.
A course credit (often credit hour, or just credit or "unit") is a unit that gives weight to the value, level or time requirements of an academic course taken at a school or other educational institution.
In high schools, where all courses are usually the same number of hours, often meeting every day, students earn one credit for a course that lasts all year, or a half credit per course per semester ( A semester system divides the academic year into two terms, which are usually 14–20 weeks each.)
This credit is formally known as a Carnegie Unit (The Carnegie Unit and the Student Hour (also called a Credit Hour) are strictly time-based references for measuring educational attainment used by American universities and colleges; the Carnegie Unit assesses secondary school attainment, and the Student Hour, derived from the Carnegie Unit, assesses collegiate attainment. Per its original definition, the Carnegie Unit is 120 hours of class or contact time with an instructor over the course of a year at the secondary (American high school) level. Strictly speaking, this breaks down into a single one-hour meeting, on each of five days per week for a total of 24 weeks per year.
For example: For someone with just a few credits left to earn in the twelth grade. This is just an exteme example for understanding how credit hours accumulate.
You could study five hours a day which will be the equivalent of one week in Carnegie Units. At that rate one semester for every 14 weeks (which is half of 140 days required for attendance in church school per year) could done in 14 days.
Such as learning about hurricanes five hours a day for 14 days could be considered a science subject of meteorological studies. The work release study program (like a job) for one credit could be done five hours a day or more and use the same scale to determine the time it would take to achieve the credit. Also for the Accounting/CPA elective you would apply the same method of determining the time required.
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