The USA High School Diploma was reviewed and included for the 2015 qualifications guide and has been included thereafter.
Evaluation The American High School Graduation Diploma, can on its own, be considered acceptable in lieu of GCSE (grades A*- C or the new 9-4 grades) provided an average grade C-4 is obtained in subjects which have counterparts in the GCSE syllabus.
In addition to high passes in the High School Diploma and the SAT, (Cambridge accepts the High School Diploma which is comparable to GCSE + AP OR A-Level exams).
A rigorous curriculum available within your high school which should include: college preparatory curriculum, honours classes or equivalent (High School Diploma), SAT Subject Tests and/or Advanced Placement (AP) classes where available. Grades of A to B+ average on your high school record (High School Diploma).
For students studying in the American education system, offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on successful completion of the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams (group A) or SAT II Subject Specific Tests.
The digital curriculum starts from Year 4 (England) grade 3 in the US. All work is presented online but if home educators wish their students to complete work in written format this can be done when completing Projects or Science Experiments as well as any other manually graded work.
Generally speaking, a student needs to be completing 2 assignments per subject per day. As the assignments are of varying lengths students should spend approximately 45 minutes per subject per day but this is subject to the length of assignment and number of sections per assignment coupled with the ability of the student. Please factor in all these components and remember to give students comfort and snack or food breaks throughout the day.
The exit qualification is an American High School diploma that works on the credit system when completing subjects. If the student completes all the necessary work related to that subject they will receive the assigned credits and when they completed the necessary credits they will receive the certificate. This certificate has been given a full UK statement of comparability by the UK Department of Education.
I suggest that you assign the Math and Language Arts Placement Tests as these subjects are what I call CONCEPT subjects where prior knowledge is required and its learning is similar to building a wall where one brick needs to be securely in place before adding the next one. Mastery in these subjects is vital. The other subjects are CONTENT subjects where the students are presented with content at their chronological age level therefore I suggest that students begin on those subjects at their chronological or reading level.