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    School Planning: Printable Blank Course of Study Form for the Upper Grades

    August 8, 2014 by Brandy Vencel
    Because homeschools that file the Private School Affidavit in California are legally required to have a Course of Study for each student.

    Last year, I posted a Course of Study form for the elementary grades. There are a number available online, but I was trying to make one that worked for a living books curriculum, and included the categories that Charlotte Mason included in the elementary grades {which our local schools usually start in junior high or high school}.

    For this year, being our first year of the Upper School years, I created a new form that fits California’s criteria for the upper grades. The descriptions are a bit different because they are descriptions for older students. I gleaned the descriptions from the state education code.

    If you don’t know what a Course of Study is, it’s probably because your state doesn’t require it. You should jump for joy or something.

    My form is designed to work for California private schools (homeschools are legally private schools here). A Course of Study is required for those of us filing the Private School Affidavit in California. So if you are elsewhere, feel free to ignore this post.

    I called it “Upper School” because I want this to work for all of the next six years.

    I’m lazy efficient like that.

    I’m going to share two forms. One is a .pdf file, which you should be able to print and fill it out by hand. The other is a working spreadsheet, in which you should be able to type your information, change formatting, and also add and subtract rows as necessary. I’m doing both in case the spreadsheet doesn’t work well for all of you. I created it using my current favorite font, Century Gothic, but if you don’t have that on your computer, the file might look wonky. Also, Drive seems to change my spreadsheets to landscape instead of portrait. You will have to change it back. Consider yourself warned!

    I was told yesterday that Scribd has started trying to charge people to use or print my files. I’m sorry about that — I did not ask for that. I started using Scribd years ago when it was new because I loved that I could embed a file right here into the blog. I don’t know any other service that has that kind of functionality. But I guess it is time to say goodbye to that service.

    These files are in Google Drive. I probably need to move all my Scribd files over there, but I am still school planning, meaning that is not a priority. If there is a specific file you need, you can let me know, and I can try to move it.

    I like to add our school seal on this form. You can do that, too, if you like. That is basically the only thing that makes the form fun. Everything else about it makes me want to scream, and you probably want to scream, too, but I figure there will be less screaming all the way around if I share my form.

    Here’s the .pdf file.

    And here’s the spreadsheet version.

    Because homeschools that file the Private School Affidavit in California are legally required to have a Course of Study for each student.

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  • Reply Heather June 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    thank you for making this available! It was just what I was looking for, I downloaded it and edited it to my needs… It’s so nice to not “re-invent the wheel”.


  • Reply Catherine October 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    HI Brandy,
    Thank you so much for this. I have been using your elementary form since Y1. Updating to this now that she is Y5. I would love to see how you did your y4 or 5 filled in. Totally understand if it is too personal to share, but I’m struggling a bit with what categories some things might fall under and thought seeing how you did it might help. Can’t thank you enough for being an online “mentor” for CM.

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