The DREADED transcript… Transcripts are one of those aspects of homeschooling that strike fear and dread into parent’s hearts. I guess you could call it one of those “necessary evils.” Making high school homeschool transcripts sure isn’t easy, but it is definitely necessary. You see, every college needs to know what kind of student they are working with, and every employer wants to know if they are taking a risk. The transcript is the one tool they can use to get a glimpse into what makes an individual tick.
A home school high school transcript should contain all information pertinent to your student’s high school year. This information should include the courses that your student has taken as well as their descriptions. Yet, the transcript shouldn’t just cover courses… it should also include any extracurricular activities related to your student’s high school years. These activities should include and volunteer hours, leadership awards, honors, and athletics. The highschool transcript really should paint an accurate picture of who this person is.
The home school is an out of the box way to educate, however, the home school high school transcript shouldn’t be. Though you want your student’s transcript to stand out… you don’t want it to be garish or outlandish. The high school transcript should be neat, easy to read, and arranged in a manner that college and employers are familiar with. You student should stand out based on their accomplishments and academic achievement. Often course descriptions are required by colleges to accompany the transcript. These are definitely a headache… and probably the most difficult part of making a high school transcript. However, if you write course descriptions for your high schooler as they take the courses, then the description will be more accurately and much more easily written.