BJ's Guide To Your Teen's Transcripts

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My daughter, whom we homeschooled all the way, is in college now, and I learned a lot from doing her transcripts, and going through the college admissions process with her. 

 Knowing what to put on her homeschool transcripts was key to her getting into college.

Here are 7 key steps to doing your teen's transcripts, and showcasing them to college admissions...

 Next Gen Homeschool said...."Betsy provides a valuable hot-to for stress-free homeschool transcripts for your teens preparing for college."  So let's get started....

1.  First, let's start with a definition of transcripts, from our friends at HSLDA:

"Transcripts are a record of the courses your child completed in high school, the credit he earned 
for each course, and each course's final grade. Transcripts also include personal information used for identification purposes and, usually, a grade point average (GPA)."

2.  What should be included in the homeschool transcript?

The Homeschool Transcript 

It is to include all courses and studies your student has done, in the home and out.  It is the place to compile all courses, including those from a community college. 

Be sure to choose a name, like Johns Academy, instead of Learning and Growing School, as that actually helps to lend a serious tone to your transcript, and that is what the colleges are looking for.
    • School name and address, phone number 
    • Name of student, DOB
    • ALL courses from 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years, with grades and credits earned  (One year study = 1 high school credit.  One semester = 1/2 credit)
    • Add in any community college courses, dual enrollment, any online courses, etc, as the homeschool transcript should include everything taken, so the college can see it all in one place.
    • Scores from SAT or ACT.  Chose the highest scores and list them on your transcript.
    • Student's graduation date and GPA - grade point average
    • Parent signature with a date.
    ---------------------------------------From HSLDA & Let's Homeschool High School: ----------------------

    3. What should the transcript look like?

    Sample Transcripts

    -  If you go to the HSLDA High School-Transcripts, scroll down to HSLDA Sample Transcript, then click on Completed Transcript Example.  There are others there to check out, too.

  • HSLDA Sample Transcripts
  • - See more at:

    -  Lee Binz, has two free samples, too.  They are at her Record Keeping Samples

  • HSLDA Sample Transcripts
  • - See more at: Binz, of The Homeschool Scholar, has two sample transcripts  that you can view, as a freebie, on her Record Keeping Sample Page 

    4.  Where can I find free transcript forms?

    Downloadable Forms

    I recommend putting your transcript all on one page, if possible. That is what the colleges are used to seeing.  Also, activities, awards, and honor societies don't need to be on the transcript, as there will be space for those important things on the actual college application itself.  That is also helpful to the admissions folks.
    -  Blank forms are available from HSLDA link here HSLDA High School-Transcripts.  Scroll down to HSLDA Sample Transcript, and click on Blank Forms.

    -  There is a blank transcript form here  on Let's Homeschool High School (LHSHS).

    -  Go to  Whole Intentions and click on their Official High School Transcript Form.

        - There is one from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation  

          -  And I have one in my frugal book on Amazon. It is the transcript form that my daughter used when she applied to college.

    5.  What about GPA - grade point average?

    Calculating the GPA

    - Here's a resource to help you to calulate your student's GPA> homeschool grade point average (GPA) from LHSHS.

    -  Donna Young has help for calculating the GPA also. This includes a GPA Calculator.

    - I also have a guide to calculating your student's GPA in my e-book below.

    6.  How about calculating credits?

      a.  For high school courses, whether they are in your homeschool, at co-op, or online:  One year of study = 1 high school credit.  
    One semester = 1/2 credit

              b.  Dual Credit - Generally, a one-semester three-credit college course is equal to a year-long one-credit high school course.

    The post above has 5 frugal resources to help you do your transcripts.  This is how it works - You give them the information on your student's courses, etc, and they put it together for you.  Here is one of them:

    As most of you already know, my daughter is in college now. She received acceptance letters from each college that she applied to, with scholarship offers at each.  She was accepted by an ivy, tier two, and a private Christian U.  It really is not that hard to prepare for and apply to college! 

    Homeschooling High School with College in Mind
    is your guide to college!

    Kindle is on Amazon @ $7.17 
    In print on Amazon   

    Click on Amazon to read a sample  chapter. ("look inside")

    "This book guides the reader step by step through the maze of requirements for college AND gives the gift of comparing requirements for various types of colleges. I am beyond grateful for this book, and highly suggest it to every homeschool family regardless of the stage one is at. Being able to see a long-term educational plan, laid out so effectively, is a gift. 

    .......Theresa Harmon, homeschool mom, WA state

    Do you have advice for other families who are doing their high school transcripts?  Or do you have a question or concern about yours?  Please share in the comments.  It is a pleasure to read your comments.

    More high school posts are on Pinterest here: Homeschooling High School Pinterest Board

    Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


    Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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    1. Loved it! Most blogs I run across are geared to only those with this was great, thanks. :)

    2. Thanks, YesiHomeschool, for stopping by, and it's nice to meet you, another mom who homechools older ones!

    3. Wow! This is a resource to pin!!! My kids are still young, but useful information for later down the road. Hope your daughter has a great time in college!!!

      1. Thanks, Bekah, for stopping by! I hope that this helps you in the future. Next time I will be sharing - T is for Transcripts - The Frugal Way, with links to frugal resources for transcripts. And my daughter is enjoying her classes and also has joined the student government activities board at her college. Thanks!

    4. Thank you for sharing this. This is something I have been thinking about. My son is in 7th grade and I was wondering about this.

    5. Thanks for your comment, a49erfangirl! You are way ahead, thinking about this in 7th grade!.....I'll also be sharing my favorite frugal resources for transcripts, next time, if you'd like to pin that one, too. Have a good week,

    6. Thanks for sharing this walkthru. This was a scary endeavor for me when I had to do it 2 years ago for my daughter. I had joined an Umbrella school to have someone walk me through it. Now that I know the process I won't have a problem doing it for my younger 2 kids.

      1. Hi NIta! Congratulations on your daughter's acceptance into college! Did you like the help that you recieved from your umbrella school? I am collecting resources on that option, too, for a later post. If you would like to share, I could use any names of umbrella schools that were helpful, to encourage other families, on that option, too. Glad that this info was a help to you!

    7. Thanks for sharing this valuable info at the Special Needs and/or Homeschooling Blog Linkup! I'm going to add it to my resources page! We've had 5 of our homeschoolers graduate from college, one is a freshman and we've got one more to go!

    8. Thanks, Sylvia Phillips! I am honored to be included in your resource page at the Special Needs and/or Homeschooling Blog Linkup. I will go over there now, and look for the resource page. Wow, 5 already graduated from college! Mine is a freshman now, just started this fall. It is so exciting to watch her take on college!

    9. Thanks for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday. I love how you have organized everything in the post for a upcoming graduate who is about to apply for school.

    10. Thanks, Felicia R, from Snickerdoodle Sunday, for stopping by, and for your kind comments! I'll be back again, on your great blog hop soon.

    11. I have a long way to go before we consider these things but the way time is flying I'm sure I'll be stunned when it's here.

      Thanks for this information!

      Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    12. Thanks, Jennifer from The Deliberate Mom, for stopping by, and for your kind comments! I'll be back to the #SHINEbloghop soon.

    13. My oldest is going to graduate from our homeschool this coming December. I'm going to be quite truthful. When I read the title of this my first thought was UGH! However, you have turned my UGH! thought into something manageable. Thank you so much. I'm going to "favorite" this to use with, not only my oldest, but all of my kids.

    14. Thanks, Tim, and I am glad that you found this post helpful. Taking it step by step sure helped us as we worked on our transcripts. Have a good rest of the week,

    15. Thanks so much for this... my Anna is in 9th grade this year and right now we are keeping meticulous records, samples of her work, and very detailed course descriptions. This post is hugely helpful!

      1. SO nice of you to stop by, Mary Prather, and I hope that it is a help to you. I enjoy linking up to Collage Friday each week, and thank you for hosting that. Have a good week!

    16. Thank you so much for this. I am bookmarking this for when I need it soon. Great information!

      1. Thanks to you for stopping by and I hope these tips are a help to you, Amanda Bell. Have a good weekend,

    17. This article came at a great time! I'm beginning 9th grade with my daughter, so I'll need to start keeping records for a transcript for her. Thank you for linking up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms!

      1. Thanks, Wendy Hilton, and I hope that it is a help to you!