What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

The most common questions we receive about homeschooling high school are about transcripts. We understand. Transcripts are important! They are the key to getting into college and are proof that high school actually did happen! So Vicki decided to chat with all of you, our 7th Sisters, about what to include on the transcripts.

BTW- Before we even get started, we want to remind you that 7SistersHomeschool.com has an editable transcript template with a complete how-to guide in our estore for your instant download! There are also oodles of posts at 7Sisters, including the popular Authoritative Guide to Homeschool Transcripts. Check them out by searching “transcripts” in the search bar!

First thing, why should you give your teen a homeschool transcript?

We know that a number of states do not require homeschooling parents to issue a transcript. In those states you are totally allowed to say, “Hey, you’re done! Congratulations,” and then move on with the rest of life without a transcript.

However, if you can, we have heard a number of stories about grownups who needed a high school transcript, upon:

  • applying to college after being in the workforce for a few years
  • entering graduate school, even though a local college had not required it for undergraduate studies
  • applying for a significant career-change job

So, you can be gracious and kind to your homeschool high schoolers to keep a transcript throughout high school, then issue a completed transcript when they graduate. Years later, they may come back and thank you.

A wise woman keeps up with the transcript, starting in 9th grade!

Now, what do you include on homeschool transcripts?

You do not need to have a highly polished, professional-looking transcript, just get something. Here’s what to put on the transcript.

At the top of your transcript, your:

  • homeschool’s name, or simply the words “High School Transcript”.
  • student’s full name
  • their date of birth
  • your address

Sections for each of the four years of high school:

  • Grade and year (9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade) along with the actual school year for that grade (for example: 9/2020-6/2021)
  • Courses taken that year, starting with the core courses: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Phys Ed, Fine Arts
    • Be sure to use the specific course title, (for example: One year for ELA your teen may take American Literature, so use “American Literature” for the course title)
    • Don’t leave out Electives, including
  • Note that homeschoolers will often have more credits (particularly electives) than their traditionally-schooled peers. That is because we believe that all of life is education, so we include all valuable learning experiences.
  • How do you know if your teen has earned a credit? Check out posts on earning credits at 7SistersHomeschool.com.
  • Beside the title of the course, record the

Summary of courses (optional):

  • This is a grid that shows that the core courses were taken each year and the electives that were recorded each year.

At the bottom of the transcript, list extracurriculars:

  • List the extracurricular activity (sport, community work, clubs, etc) along with the years involved
  • Some colleges want to see long-term engagements and community mindedness

Also at the bottom of transcript, list competitions:

At the bottom of the transcript, record GPA:

  • For instructions on determining GPA, check out this post.
  • Do you weight GPA’s? We don’t. We have found that colleges have formulas that make the weighting of applicants’ GPAs the same across the board.
  • Remember: You cannot use the name “AP” for a course unless it is a College Board approved course.

Include the bottom of the transcript, record the date of graduation.

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What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

5 Replies to “What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts”

  1. If I’m creating the transcript, can I decide to leave something off? For example, if my student takes a class at the public school and doesn’t get the grade I know he’s capable of achieving, can I choose to leave it off his transcript?

  2. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. How would you suggest handling the transcript when a student has completed core courses prior to 9th grade (ex. Algebra I in 7th or 8th and a progression of math courses/varying math courses throughout high school)?

    • There are so many ways to handle this, so there is not ONE right way. If you have a supervisory organization (such as an umbrella school), they have their own guidelines. Some homeschoolers will list the high-school level courses that were completed in middle school in a separate section of the transcript (transcript formats must be modified to do this). Some list these courses in the 9th grade section but include a notation beside the course title, such as: “Completed in 8th grade”. Some just leave those courses off the transcript because they will not need them for graduation, since the student will be going on to complete high-level math courses that will be weighty on the transcript. The joy of homeschooling is figuring what is best for your family.

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