How to Make Homeschool High School Transcripts for College Admissions

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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.

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)


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.

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.


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.