When it comes to homeschooling, there are two major areas of concern for the homeschooling family. The first is how to start, and the second is how to end. Both questions require a significant amount of research in order to come to a satisfactory (and workable) answer. In this article, we’ll address the second question.
Here you are, and your child is embarking on the high school portion of his/her homeschooling adventure. This means harder work, more dedication on the part of the student, and diligence on the part of the homeschooling parent. The most important step you can take towards creating a high school transcript that will command the respect and sincerity of a public high school transcript is this: KEEP GOOD RECORDS!
There are a number of ways that you can keep the records of your high schooler’s efforts. You can use an old fashioned gradebook and/or lesson planner notebook to keep track of the grades earned, attendance, and the lessons learned. The other option is to use software to keep track of all of it for you.
But what if you’re not preparing for a homeschooler to graduate years down the road, but next month? How do you create a high school transcript now?
Get the full tutorial on how to make a high school transcript for your homeschooler as well as downloadable transcript template collections here…
Assuming that you’ve kept records of grades for your student or students, a transcript is relatively simple to make. To begin with, it is best to use spreadsheet software, or word processing software to make the transcript easily organized and legible.
Begin by making a small chart for each year of high school, and list each subject that was studied in those years. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has excellent suggestions and information regarding issuing credits for courses completed in high school here. Many states have very specific requirements for the number of credits that a high school student must receive before he or she is eligible to graduate from high school. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with your state laws on that subject to be sure that your child meets all requirements. These high school credit requirements may mean more than just being able to say that your child has graduated from high school. They can also determine whether or not she is accepted into the college of her choice.
After you have organized charts of years and the subjects studied, you should include the grade received for the subject, as well as the credits earned after the completion. You may also want to consider specifying the grade (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th) that the student was in at the time. The reason that this is useful, is because a large portion of homeschoolers follow their own schedules for certain curricula. Not only that, but many homeschoolers choose to graduate early, and it will help to illustrate the pace that your student moved through high school.
After charting the years, grades, credits, you may also want to include a GPA summary. Using simple calculations, you can take the grades for the subjects in each year, convert them to GPA points (you can find GPA conversion charts online if you’re not familiar with the points system), and average them together to find the GPA for each year as a whole. It’s also a good idea to include enrollment and graduation dates, as well as reference any additional teaching or credits your child may have earned during the course of a high school education (for example: dual credit courses taken at a local community college).
If you would like to make the transcript appear more professional than a simple typed page, you can easily use a graphics editing program to create a unique letterhead for your homeschool, and then print the transcript on the letterhead.
Many homeschooler parents are intimidated by the idea of creating a transcript, worrying that a college will scoff at their child, or refuse them outright based on the homemade and unofficial paperwork. However, that is most decidedly not the case. Many colleges readily accept homeschoolers into their educational programs, and a transcript that you create for your child is just as valid as one issued by a public school, provided you have kept accurate and adequate records of grades and credits earned.
If you find that you are unhappy with the cosmetics or presentation of your child’s homemade transcript, another option is to download or purchase a template kit from one of the many homeschool supply companies online. Many times, you can simply download a blank form and fill in your student’s particular information according to your own records. Regardless of the option that you choose, creating a transcript for your graduating homeschool student need not be an intimidating prospect. After all, you’ve succeeded in educating your student for his high school career, and that was the difficult part!