What to Include in a High School Homeschool Transcript

Does the thought of homeschooling through high school completely baffle you and your brain just shuts down thinking about all the stuff you need to keep track of? Are you losing your mind wondering if you’re doing your child a disservice by homeschooling through high school? You’re not certified to do this! You don’t remember anything from your Chemistry class! Wait, does he even need Chemistry??

Fear not. Here is a basic no-fluff checklist of what you need to include in your child’s high school transcript.

A high school transcript is an important document that records a student’s academic achievements during high school. It is often required for college admissions, scholarships, internships, and job applications. Here are the steps to create a homeschool high school transcript in Texas:

  • Student Information: At the top of the document, include your student’s full legal name, birth date, and home address. You may also want to include contact information like a phone number or email.
  • Academic Information: Organize the academic information by school year, starting from 9th grade and ending with 12th grade. For each year, list all the subjects studied, such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and any electives. Also, record the final grade your student received in each course.
  • Credit Hours: Alongside each course, you need to include the credit hours earned. In Texas, one credit generally represents a year-long course, while a half-credit represents a semester-long course.
  • Grading Scale: Include a clear explanation of your grading scale. This might be a standard scale (A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, etc.), or a different scale if you’ve chosen to use one.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Calculate and include your student’s GPA. This can be done on a yearly basis and/or as a cumulative GPA for all four years of high school.
  • Extracurricular Activities, Volunteering, and Skills: This section can include sports, clubs, volunteer work, part-time jobs, and any special skills or certifications earned. This information can be important for college admissions or job applications.
  • Standardized Test Scores: If your student has taken any standardized tests (like the SAT or ACT), include these scores on the transcript.
  • Graduation Date: Include the anticipated or actual graduation date.
  • Signature: At the bottom of the transcript, the homeschool parent or teacher should sign and date the transcript, verifying that all the information provided is accurate.

 

Remember, a transcript is an official document, so it should be clean, professional, and free from errors. I personally recommend starting as soon as 8th grade, planning out their next four years. If your child has college plans, you can also call that college’s admissions office (or this information might be available on their website – it’s sometimes just easier to get it directly from the source for accurate information) and find out exactly what that school requires. And then work backwards! 

It can seem EXTREMELY daunting to be responsible for providing such important information – but remember, if you’re just starting out, you’ll be filling this in one year at a time. Maybe even one semester at a time. Looking at it as a whole 4-year transcript will always LOOK more overwhelming, but once you start filling in the blanks for what subjects your child is working through, you will see it start to come together. Filling it in as-you-go also helps you see what “gaps” you may need to fill or where they are needing extra help. Homeschooling allows you to be very hands-on with your child, and there is no better advocate for your child’s education and future than YOU.

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