High school transcripts are just one of many areas in which many homeschoolers struggle. Yet, transcript creation doesn’t have to be a headache. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about home school transcripts.
Typically a basic transcript is just that BASIC. It includes:
Here is a link to a downloadable transcript for use in your homeschool!
In addition to the basic transcript colleges may want to see a few more things. Some colleges can be very competitive in the selection process, and making your student’s transcripts stand out can really make a difference. In a transcript going to a college include the basic information above as well as:
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If the college you are applying to requests it, you may want to include a description of the courses on your high school transcript. A course description should include the course name, and a brief description of what the course taught. Using your curriculum’s scope and sequence will be very helpful in supplying this information. Any other notable occurrences or information about the course and how the student completed it should be noted here.
Typically, the records from each school will be transferred separately. For instance, if your child first attended the public school and then transferred to a private school the public school records would have transferred as well. The new school will simply begin their record keeping on a new permanent record chart. As a homeschooler, you can keep these records separate or put them all together on a single transcript sheet. You may choose whether or not to notate where each course was taken in the course description. The single-transcript option is likely the most preferred as colleges prefer to have to review as little paperwork as possible.
Typically, the yearly record with courses and grades is included in one document. While the course descriptions are included in their own separate document similar to an appendix. Here is an example of a yearly record.
Total Credits for 9th grade 7
Total GPA for 9th grade 3.8
This is often that part of the transcript that a competitive application process requires. This area can really set your student apart from everyone else. It gives the college a chance to see them in action, and to see where their priorities lie. These items can be documented on a separate sheet as well by titling the page and then listing each under a heading that corresponds to each accomplishment OR as an addendum on the main transcript. (see our downloadable transcript for an example of a single-sheet transcript)
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