This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topicsand the answers!

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 on October 6: High School at Home: Yes, You Can Do It!

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!

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