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.
What should a basic homeschool transcript include?
Typically a basic transcript is just that BASIC. It includes:
Name of student, homeschool name (if applicable) address, and phone numbers
High School Course List by year – typically 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years
Any college courses, dual enrollment, or honors courses
Course grades. This should include semester grades and then final year end grades.
What do colleges want to see in a College Preparatory transcript?
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:
Course descriptions – sometimes this can be simply a sentence but some colleges may want a short paragraph (note that not all colleges require course descriptions – please check with the college in question)
A list of any extracurricular activities
A list of any leadership skills, awards won, volunteer hours, or other accomplishments
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.
How should you create transcripts for a student who has a mixture of public, private, and homeschooling records?
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.
How should courses be documented?
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
How can you document volunteer hours and other types of awards or service?
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)
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]