BJ's Guide To Your Teen's Transcripts

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Are you wondering about how you might go about making with your teen's transcripts?   

When my daughter was in 9th grade, I was quite nervous about approaching the colleges as a homeschool mom.  

The thing that worried me was making those transcripts.  So I went about doing some research on that, and came up with a step by step guide for me to follow.  It was a help to me and I hope that it will be a help to you, too.  

Knowing what to put on my daughter's homeschool transcripts was a big part of her getting into college.  

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

Here are 6 key steps to doing your teen's transcripts, and through that, you are showcasing your student to college admissions...

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:
    -  I have a sample transcript in my book, below.  

    4.  Where can I find a downloadable transcript form?

    Note - 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.

  • HSLDA Sample Transcripts

  • I have a transcript form that is editable in my book called which is on Amazon.   Step by step directions are included, and it can be downloaded.

    It is just like the transcript form that my daughter used when she applied to college.  This is the type of transcript that the colleges are used to seeing.

    There are other transcript forms available on the web, and also at HSLDA.

    5.  What about calculating credits?

    All of your teen's courses are to be included in the homeschool transcript. 

    a.  For High School courses, whether they are in your homeschool, at co-op, or online:  Follow this rule:

    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. 

    For dual credit courses, mark them with a star or an asterisk, and note that they were dual credit at the bottom of the form.  

    Then the homeschool transcript can serve as a clearinghouse for everything that your teen did as far as courses.  The colleges like that.  That way, the colleges can see everything that was done on one page.

    6.  What about sending out other transcripts, such as from a community college?  Is that necessary?

    For any courses that were done outside the home, such as community college courses or public school ones, ask them to send official transcripts directly to the colleges, in addition to the homeschool transcript that you will send.  

    If your student earned credit from somewhere else, the colleges will want to see that transcript as well.  For outside credits earned, they will want to see an official transcript, sent directly to them.

    7.  Are there frugal resources for transcripts?

    Frugal Helps for Homeschool Transcripts

    Do you want some help compiling the transcripts?  This post above includes 5 frugal resources to help you do your transcripts.  

    If you would like more tips on transcripts and more....

    Check out my frugal book!

    Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, is your guide to high school and college, too!

    on Amazon 

    I share ALL of my tips, gathered from helping my daughter get into college, and researching the topic over the years to keep up to date.

    My book is written in a conversational tone, just like if we were sitting down with a cup of coffee in your kitchen.

    It is simply laid out, one step at a time, to make the whole homeschool to college thing approachable and NOT hard to do!

    This frugal and easy to use workbook consists of 10 chapters, covering all the important details including credits, transcripts, curriculum, dealing with the college entrance essay and more.

    In addition, each chapter has 1 or more forms to go with it, that match that chapter.

    When you buy my book Homeschooling High School with College in Mind you get all of these high school planning forms too.

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    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 or send me an IM.  It is a pleasure to read your comments.

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    Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh schoolcollegegifted/2e and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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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!


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