HS Transcripts

Posted by Jen Garrison Stuber

Email of the Day:
I have a question for you regarding a homeschool high school transcript. My daughter will be graduating this spring and she will only have completed 3 years of the high school years. However, she has done a lot of learning during that time and is more than ready to graduate. Yet, all the transcript templates I am looking at online seem to require 4 years. I am wondering if that would be a problem for her down the road if her transcript only lists 3 years. Do you have any links of templates for transcripts that I could follow?

Answer:
It’s absolutely feasible to have completed 4+ years “worth” of work in 3. This even occasionally happens in public school.

Two thoughts:

1) There’s two ways (probably more, but two that I’ve seen frequently) of sorting your transcript:

A) Group your transcript by subject, rather than by year (English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12) (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trig) (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Bio.) etc. This gets you away from having to apply any year to a particular subject, while still leaving the transcript really easy to scan for what the school is looking for.

B) Have your transcript reflect the truth, if not the fact of your homeschooling. We grouped by year, but fudged on the dates on some things for clarity. We’ve got a great link to Lee Binz’s A Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts (free webinar) here: http://washhomeschool.org/homes…/video-audio-teaching-tools/

2) If you want to take advantage of Running Start (for which the qualifications for entry are being a highschool junior or senior), you may want to delay completing the transcript and delay graduating her until she’d completed RS.

Warmly,
~Jen