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Course Designations

Course Designations on the Kolbe High School Transcript

Kolbe Academy offers much flexibility in receiving high school credit on the transcript. Parents may create their own elective courses, modify Kolbe homeschool courses, or substitute with alternate curriculum while still receiving credit on the transcript so long as four written and graded samples of work (one per quarter) are turned in for each course. We do, however, have a way of designating coursework that has followed the specific Kolbe Academy homeschool or online courses.

Kolbe's Homeschool Courses

These designations require particular samples of student work to be turned into Kolbe in order to receive the designation on the transcript and indicate a parent given grade.

  • Kolbe Academy Honors Course Designation: H
  • Kolbe Academy Core Course Designation: K

Kolbe's Online Courses

These designations are awarded to students who have completed a course from Kolbe's Online Academy and indicate an instructor given grade.

  • Kolbe Academy Honors Online Course Designation: OH
  • Kolbe Academy Core Online Course Designation: OK

Course Designations and Kolbe Academy Diplomas

Any student pursuing any diploma type may request to be awarded these designations so long as they have completed the requirements and turned in the appropriate sample work and/or successfully completed an online course. Summa Cum Laude diploma candidates, however, must pursue and request one of these designations in all of their coursework. Further, Summa students must request the Kolbe Honors (H or OH) designations in the following manner:

  • In 9th grade: at least 1 Honors Course in Theology, Literature, or History
  • In 10th grade: at least 2 Honors Courses in Theology, Literature or History
  • In 11th grade: at least 3 Honors Courses in Theology, Literature or History
  • In 12th grade: 4 Honors Courses in Theology, English 12, Literature and History

The Kolbe Academy Honors Course Designation (H) is awarded to students who have completed the honors homeschool course of study as specified in our course plans. In general, students pursuing the Kolbe Honors (H) designations in Theology, Literature or History must do all of the readings and complete 8 of the 14 weekly papers each semester. Further, they should have discussions or write informal essays in response to the remainder of the weekly paper topics as these are major themes and will appear in some way on the final exam. Certain course sample work must be turned in for credit but typically includes turning in the quarterly exam and one weekly paper topic essay for each quarter. For Kolbe Honors (H) in English 12 (Creative Writing), Math and Science, students will be following specific guidelines outlined in the course plan and are required to turn in certain sample work including all exams and other samples as specified in the course plan.

New in 2015:

All Kolbe honors courses (H or OH) will now be weighted in the GPA, with an ‘A’ being a 5.0, ‘B’ being a 4.0, etc. As a result, there is a change in policy regarding the submission of assignments for verification for homeschool courses. Each course will have an Honors Course Coversheet that includes a checklist of necessary submissions, and the parent assigned grade for the semester

For Theology, Literature, and History courses, all 8 of the graded papers and both exams will be submitted. Parents do not need to grade the semester exam (only the mid-term). A Kolbe advisor will grade one of the 8 papers and the semester final. These grades will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the course, 20% for the semester final, and 10% for the paper. The remaining 70% will be the parent assigned grade for the course. Each honors course must be submitted with an Honors Course Coversheet.

For English 12, Math, and Science courses, all of the exams will be submitted, as listed in the course plan and on the Honors Course Coversheet. Additional assignments may be required for some courses, as listed in the course plan and on the Honors Course Coversheet. A Kolbe advisor will grade all exams, which will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the course. The remaining 70% will be the parent assigned grade for the course. Each honors course must be submitted with an Honors Course Coversheet.

There is a $40 fee per honors course.

The Kolbe Academy Core Course Designation (K) is awarded to students who have completed the Kolbe Core course of study in a course. In general, students pursuing the Kolbe Core (K) designations in Theology, English, Literature or History must do all of the readings, but only need to complete 1 or 2 of the 7 weekly papers each quarter. However, students should be sure to have discussions or write informal essays in response to the rest of the weekly paper topics as these are major themes and will appear in some way on the final exam. For the Kolbe Core (K) designation to be awarded, all exams must be turned in for credit. For Kolbe Core (K) credit in math, science, and language, students will be following specific guidelines outlined in the course plan and are required to turn in certain sample work including all exams as specified in the course plan.

The Kolbe Academy Honors Online Course Designation (OH) is awarded to students who have completed a Kolbe Honors Online Course.  This designation indicates that the grade is instructor-given.  There is an additional $100 fee for all Online Honors courses.

The Kolbe Academy Core Online Course Designation (OK) is awarded to students who have completed a Kolbe Core Online Course.  This designation indicates that the grade is instructor-given.  

Other types of Course Designations

Finally, our transcripts designate coursework that has been accomplished through college courses and transfer courses from alternate institutions. Each designation appears on the transcript as a small letter indicating the type of course if applicable:

  • College Course Designation: C
  • Transfer Course Designation: T

To receive credit for college or transfer credits, the transcript of grades issued by the institution is all that is required. Sample work is NOT required for these designations.

The Kolbe Academy Honors Course Designation (H) is awarded to students who have completed the honors homeschool course of study as specified in our course plans. In general, students pursuing the Kolbe Honors (H) designations in Theology, Literature or History must do all of the readings and complete 8 of the 14 weekly papers each semester. Further, they should have discussions or write informal essays in response to the remainder of the weekly paper topics as these are major themes and will appear in some way on the final exam. Certain course sample work must be turned in for credit but typically includes turning in the quarterly exam and one weekly paper topic essay for each quarter. For Kolbe Honors (H) in English 12 (Creative Writing), Math and Science, students will be following specific guidelines outlined in the course plan and are required to turn in certain sample work including all exams and other samples as specified in the course plan.

New in 2015:

All Kolbe honors courses (H or OH) will now be weighted in the GPA, with an ‘A’ being a 5.0, ‘B’ being a 4.0, etc. As a result, there is a change in policy regarding the submission of assignments for verification for homeschool courses. Each course will have an Honors Course Coversheet that includes a checklist of necessary submissions, and the parent assigned grade for the semester

For Theology, Literature, and History courses, all 8 of the graded papers and both exams will be submitted. Parents do not need to grade the semester exam (only the mid-term). A Kolbe advisor will grade one of the 8 papers and the semester final. These grades will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the course, 20% for the semester final, and 10% for the paper. The remaining 70% will be the parent assigned grade for the course. Each honors course must be submitted with an Honors Course Coversheet.

For English 12, Math, and Science courses, all of the exams will be submitted, as listed in the course plan and on the Honors Course Coversheet. Additional assignments may be required for some courses, as listed in the course plan and on the Honors Course Coversheet. A Kolbe advisor will grade all exams, which will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the course. The remaining 70% will be the parent assigned grade for the course. Each honors course must be submitted with an Honors Course Coversheet.

There is a $40 fee per honors course.