This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast, we have a special replay: How to Get Transcripts Exactly Right. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast we are talking transcripts. Actually, we are RE-talking transcripts. This is an episode we did four years ago (can you believe it?!) However, we have been receiving requests for this same information, so we decided to reshare.
As you know, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym have seen their twenty-six kids through homeschool graduation. In fact, the 7Sisters have not only graduated their kids, but through their umbrella school (where 7Sister Vicki and Marilyn have served as academic advisors), they have helped hundreds of teens graduate and head successfully into adulthood.
So, they know a lot about homeschooling high school and creating great transcripts!
Do you want to know how to get homeschool transcripts exactly right? Do you fear that it is one right way or else? Well, we have good news for you! There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school and there’s not ONE right have to handle transcripts.
However, transcripts are important so here is how we do our transcripts!
Transcripts are important for all homeschool high schoolers. College-bound teens need a good transcript to get into college. Even teens who are not college-bound will often need to show a transcript for trade schools or the military (and sometimes for new jobs). We love to share the things we have learned learned about successful transcript creation. (And even more transcript information in this post in our Authoritative Guide series).
Why are transcripts important?
Transcripts are proof that education happened. (Our culture believes that if there is not a record on paper that something happened, it did not happen.) They open doors for college and career. (And it is fun to keep a record for yourself about what a great job you and your high schoolers have done.)
There is not really a magical formula or necessary downloadable form from your state government that you must fill out. You must create your own. However, there are many templates available. For instance, 7SistersHomeschool has an editable transcript form along with a detailed guide about what to include.
There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school…OR complete a transcript.
However, these tips are a good place to start.
On the transcript include:
- Date of Birth
- Social Security (totally optional)
- Contact information (email address, optional)
- Title of your homeschool (optional)
- For most transcripts, break out courses taken by year with name of course, levels, amount of credit, grade.
- Be sure to capture it all: electives, extra core corses, even if these make the number of credits more than the basic twenty-four to twenty-six credits many states require for graduation)
- Course Summary section (compilation of courses, along with the grade those courses were taken. This is optional.) See the sample below.
- Use sparkle titles where applicable (ie. if your teen covered World History credit using History and Philosophy of the Western World, use that title)
- More on how to name courses in this post
- List what teens have done and the years they were done
- Service hours
- Graduation date
- SAT or ACT scores (although some colleges are not requiring these scores any longer)
Suggestions that will really help!
- Keep backup document with course descriptions
- Do some research on college, NCAA sports and military requirements by visiting websites, recruiters
- There are transcript templates out there (like 7Sisters transcript template and guide). You can use those or make your own.
- Remember not to sell your teen short but also to keep your records and your integrity.
Should you do a year-by-year transcript or a subject-based transcript?
As always, we 7Sisters believe there’s not ONE right way to handle transcripts. However, one thing to think about is that many college admissions officers are used to thinking in the traditional year-by-year format. Therefore, if you have a yearly transcript rather than subject oriented transcript, you might make their job easier.
So, that’s how you do get the homeschool high school transcript exactly right, with the the exactly ONE right formula…Oh, right! There’s not ONE right way to do a homeschool transcript. These are simply the tools that we have used over the years on the transcripts of our own kids and the hundreds of homeschool high schoolers in our local umbrella school who have graduated and gone on successfully to the next phase of life. Adapt our information and ideas to your teens’ needs! Let us know your ideas.
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