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Homeschool High School: Driven Crazy by Drivers Ed!

I remember when I was homeschooling high school.  Sometimes I'd get hung up on ONE small issue that would drive me completely BATTY!  I remember wishing for ANYONE to give me one clear, concise, yes-or-no answer.  One issue I seemed to stress about was driver education.  Wendy asked a question I asked myself years ago!

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Hi Lee,
I'm putting together my first transcript and I've seen differing credits (.25/.50)/grades for Drivers Education on samples.  I have to be honest, I guess I hadn't thought of putting it on her transcript and I don't know, it feels like a gimme or fluff  to put it on there.   So I thought I would get your thoughts.  She did complete 24 hours of classroom instruction through a training school.  I signed an affidavit verifying that she drove 50 hours as required by law, but I didn't keep all the dates and minutes she drove before going for her driver's test and she passed her driver's test the first time. Your thoughts? Being driven crazy in Ohio ~ Wendy



Dear Wendy,

I felt EXACTLY the same way!!!

This is what I did:  I put it on the transcript, gave it 0.5 credits, and put "Pass" as a grade.

Now I'm older and wiser.  This is what I suggest:  Put it on the transcript, give 0.5 credits, and put "A" on the grade.

This is my rationale:
I don't think putting "Pass" on the transcript is ever a good idea.
I think some high schools include it on the transcript (mine did.)
I think colleges may just leave it off if they think it's a fluff class, others may keep it.
It partially answers the "socialization" and "life skills" question, demonstrating our kids do in fact leave the house.


Another similar question that drove me crazy was the class title. Is it "Driver Education" or "Drivers Education" or "Driver's Education"?  To be honest, I have seen class titles using all three variations!  Does it even matter?

When you get consumed by things like this (as I did!) then at some point you have to remember the key.  Do your best and be honest.  That's all.  Just do your best and be honest.  Then let it go.  Watch the pretty bubbles float in the sky, and don't stress anymore about it.
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I was totally driven crazy by that exact question myself.  I hope I've given you some peace!

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Please note: This post was originally published in August 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Guest - Elizabeth P. on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 07:25

In our TX public school system, driver's ed counts as 1/2 elective credit so I just matched that.

In our TX public school system, driver's ed counts as 1/2 elective credit so I just matched that. :)
Guest - Tressa (website) on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 08:04

I think it could be wise just to ask the collge your child wants to attend. I spoke with the Dean of Admissions at the college my son wants to attend about what kind of transcript he would like to see. He told me, "A standard transcript is fine with or without course descriptions, but I do not want to see Driver's Ed on the transcript."

I think it could be wise just to ask the collge your child wants to attend. I spoke with the Dean of Admissions at the college my son wants to attend about what kind of transcript he would like to see. He told me, "A standard transcript is fine with or without course descriptions, but I do not want to see Driver's Ed on the transcript."
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:52

Dear Tressa,
Wow! So true! Every college is SO unique! This is why I always say check with colleges. And by the way, try to model your transcript after the preferences of your first choice college - that can help your chances!
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Tressa, Wow! So true! Every college is SO unique! This is why I always say check with colleges. And by the way, try to model your transcript after the preferences of your first choice college - that can help your chances! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Debbi on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:28

Driver's Ed here is taught as part of the PE classes when the students are old enough. I'm planning on just counting it in with PE next year when my daughter is old enough.

Driver's Ed here is taught as part of the PE classes when the students are old enough. I'm planning on just counting it in with PE next year when my daughter is old enough.
Guest - J W on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 18:10

I graduated from public school, didn't finish Driver's Ed [insert sound effect of a chicken clucking here], didn't have a license, and I really don't think the college cared one way or the other. I'd say Tressa has the right idea.

I graduated from public school, didn't finish Driver's Ed [insert sound effect of a chicken clucking here], didn't have a license, and I really don't think the college cared one way or the other. I'd say Tressa has the right idea.
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