This is a combination of Texas state graduation requirements, engineering degree prerequisites and personal choices.
I shared it on Facebook. I only have real life friends and family on my Facebook account. I don't share a lot of details about homeschooling on Facebook.
In a discussion with acquaintences there I was surprised at some negative feedback and what I perceived as rigidity shown by two homeschool moms. One's oldest is in grade nine. The other recently enrolled her children in school for grade 6 and 9. One reaction was that my son's transcript looks like any public high school kid's transcript. I took this to mean that homeschooling is no different than school. However maybe I misread it and she meant something else I didn't get at all.
Here is my reply:
Just because the summary transcript list looks like school kid's transcripts does not mean that what is done is not sometimes out of the box, different, more creative, or flexible in various ways.
Like doubling up on math.
Like picking a curriculum that works for the kid rather than being handed one option.
Like making up lost time due to illness by working double time.
Or by getting healthy by taking some time off or taking some subjects more slowly when sick.
All those are still ways that homeschooling is not at all a carbon copy of public school. But in the end colleges force us to create paperwork reports that makes the homeschoolers look just like the school kids.
It is the colleges who usually want the standard transcript format, who want to see a quick summary, and who want the same courseload done as public schooled kids. We homeschoolers have to conform to society's requirements if we choose apply to do traditional things like apply to college. Not all colleges want to see some creative type of transcript. Most colleges will not let a student do extreme alternative activities in lieu of things like taking four years of English, being able to do a certain level of math, or skipping history, so forth and so on.
If a person wants to carve their own path in life, to be an entrepreneur or something, they can shirk the traditional high school path, they can choose some alternative homeschool plan, and they can choose to skip the college path.
Examples of people who went to school but skipped college and found great success are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. However most Americans do not do those things, and people like Jobs and Gates are few and far between; their uniqueness and their success are rare in the grand scheme of things. And many others who try to become an entrepreneur, to invent something, or even to run a small business (such as a restaurant) actually fail.
If your student's goal is to do a job that requires a certain college degree, then they have no choice but to step in line and go the traditional route for college. And to get into college you need to do certain prerequisites. Period. If you choose to homeschool high school, a large part of the courseload will be standard fare, but how you get there, and the process that you use still allows some flexibility.