Assigning Grades for Transcripts

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Assigning Grades for Transcripts. This post is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Transcripts. Homeschool highschool transcripts must have grades. Join us for a discussion on ways to assign grades.

Assigning Grades for Transcripts

Many of us homeschooling moms never assigned grades in elementary or middle school. We wanted our kids to learn to love education and not be pressured by grades.

But in homeschool high school, we need to train:

  • Perfectionistic teens on what a stopping point is. What is GOOD ENOUGH.
  • Kids who do not care at all about grades to discipline themselves. What is GOOD ENOUGH for them?
  • Moms who are too soft or too hard on their teens how to stick to guidelines.

Besides, teens need grades for their transcripts!

Self-discipline is the key for successful grading. AND self-discipline is a necessary life skill.

How can we homeschool moms manage grading homeschool high schoolers?

Follow Sabrina’s Guideline: Good grading comes from goals.

Set goals for each course. Make a formula that takes in the goals for each course for each student, including:

  • Effort
  • Mastery
  • Cooperation with peers (in a group class or co-op class)

Create a rubric for grading.

Explain the rubric to the homeschool high schoolers so that they know what is expected and what will be graded.

  • Use rubrics, especially in courses that include writing, projects or labs. (Also, avail your teen of the peer review process if you have a co-op class.)
  • In concrete courses like math, you simply need to explain the grading process.
    • percent of grade that comes from tests
    • also, percent of grade that comes from daily assignments
    • and percent of grade that comes from attitude
    • Explain to teens that they will experience *subjective points* occasionally in co-op classes and in college
  • Homeschool moms have the right to adapt rubrics in textbooks for their goals.

Homeschool high school transcripts are important! But do not worry. We are looking out for you!

Your 7Sisters have put together everything you need for homeschool high school transcript, including Files:

  • 1: A transcript template in easy-to-use editable pdf format
  • 2: A high school checklist, to help you and your teens keep the course requirements organized
  • 3: A detailed, 75-page guide with details on how to create a meaningful high school transcript


Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an informative chat about grading homeschool highschoolers. In the meantime, have a look at these helpful posts:


3 Ways to Assign Grades in Homeschool High School

2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Writing Papers for History or Science? Here’s a Simple Rubric for Grading

What’s a Rubric and Why Homeschool Moms Should Use One


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Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Transcripts

Vicki Tillman

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