Newsletter: The Worried Parent’s Guide to Transcripts/
Newsletter: The Worried Parent’s Guide to Transcripts
Let’s face it…there is a lot of responsibility tied up into creating an accurate and professional transcript for your homeschooled high schooler. Future colleges and employers will likely pore over this document, especially if they are less than familiar with homeschooling and want to understand how your student’s high school experience compares with the average public or private schooled student.
But creating a transcript that stands up to even the most critical examination doesn’t have to be anxiety producing. Here are some helpful hints to guide you toward creating a transcript you and your student can be proud to show off:
Examine a variety of transcript examples. Some colleges actually have transcript guides on their websites, but a Google image search on “high school transcript examples” will also bring up a ton of examples for you to peruse.
Understand what credits are and how to apply them. Keep in mind that high school credits are weighed differently than college credits, and that homeschoolers have many options for earning credits including dual enrollment courses, co-op studies, and private lessons. For more information on how to count credits for a homeschooler, explore this infographic.
Keep records on everything. If your high schooler has attended public school for one year, has two dual-enrollment courses under her belt, and has volunteered three times at the local animal shelter, all that info will be included in your transcript so be sure to keep documentation from every educational activity your student has been involved in.
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]