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Creating High School Transcripts for Homeschool Students

written by: Rose Kivi • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 3/28/2013

If your homeschooled student is going on to college you will probably need to develop a transcript for them. Find out what to include in a High School transcript.

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    What is a Transcript?

    A high school transcript is an official school record of the student's high school career. The transcript provides a record of the student's courses of study and grades. Colleges require a copy of a student's high school transcripts as part of the application process. A high school transcript for college admission must include information on each high school year.

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    What to Include in the Transcript

    The transcript should include the following information:

    • The name, address and phone number of the school.
    • The full name, birth date, and gender of the student.
    • The student's social security number.
    • The years of attendance at the homeschool and the graduation date.
    • The courses taken, grades for each course, and credit earned for each course.
    • Test Scores (SAT)
    • Grade Point Average (Online Grade Point Average Calculator)
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    It is common for homeschool students to take courses that are out of the norm for their public and private school counterparts. For instance a homeschool curriculum might include a course on training horses. The trick to including classes like these on the transcript is to place it in the appropriate category. Training horses can fit into a category such as animal science or animal husbandry. When looking for categories to fit your student's studies into, it is a good idea to look at your state's high school and college requirements. When a course can fit into multiple categories, choose the category that best meets the college admission requirements.

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    Grades and Credits

    Grades should be listed as either a letter grade (A,B,C,D) or a number grade (4,3,2,1). 4 is equal to an A, 3 = B, 2 = C and 1 = D.

    To figure out how many credits should be given for each class, look at your state's education web page for a guide on how credits are issued. You should issue your credits on a similar basis.

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    The transcript should be clear and easy to read. Don't crowd the transcript with unnecessary information that can make it hard to read. A good transcript is one that is concise.

    Type the transcript or print it using a computer printer.

    Sign the transcript.