Q. My daughter takes piano lessons and is starting ninth grade this year. Do piano lessons count toward an elective?

A. Yes, piano lessons can count as a music elective. Other special interests or activities, such as dance, drama, art, sports, photography, sewing, computer repair, part-time jobs, driver’s education, volunteer work, and community service, etc., can also be included on your transcript as electives. You can decide to give a full credit or 1/2 credit for an elective based on the hours of work. A full credit is usually given for 120 to 150 hours of time spent on the activity.

NOTE: For more information about homeschooling during the high school years, including creating a transcript, please join us for a special high school Success Seminar at the HEAV office tomorrow, January 7: High School at Home: The Path to Success!

The HEAV website also offers a transcript service that computes the points and GPA and helps you create a professional-looking transcript. Be sure to check out the transcript Q&A, which is packed with information!