Hello dear readers,
Today, I'll be writing about those wonderful yet worrisome official documents that can truly make or break a college future.
They can be bothersome, but if you are patient and organized, they can be relatively pain free. Of course, I'm writing this in hopes that you have kept some sort of record of the classes/courses your child has taken over the years as well as some sort of grading system, and have accurately depicted your child's achievements.
The task at hand now comes to filling out the transcript.
First is the basic template. This is a simple, yet effective template for completing your child's transcripts. You simply fill in the blank spaces with the requested information, such as the name of your homeschool, your child's personal information, and their course history. To calculate credits, you determine if the course was a year-long course or a semester long course. For year long, the credit is 1 (in Arkansas), and for half-semester courses, the credit is .5 (in Arkansas). To determine total credits, simply add the 1's and .5's. To calculate the GPA, you can do it yourself (but I do not like math) or you could use a GPA calculator.
This template also includes a section for SAT and ACT scores as well as a field for honor's courses with ** denotation.
The next template is more advanced, but only in layout, formatting, and style. The basic content is still included, however this template includes additional fields for electives, advanced student and school information, as well as student activities and volunteer work. NOTE: You would still calculate the grades the same as above. What I enjoy about this template is the ability to color code the courses by year. For instance, all freshman courses might be in green font, while sophomore is in blue, junior in orange, and senior in black, or any variety of colors you choose. This also helps me keep it clear one what year I am working on for the transcript.
All in all, the amount of time you spend on staying organized in the beginning will certainly make your transcript writing much more time-effective. Be sure that you take your time when creating your child's transcript. Once submitted with those college applications, it can be troublesome to get it corrected. Also, you might solicit a letter of recommendation from the local youth group pastor, church pastor, co-op director or other home school group that your child was a participant of, as this will help the college learn more about your child.
If your child is not interested in attending college, but would rather seek out a trade or vocational school, it is still important to have a transcript on hand to accompany your homeschool diploma. Remember: You do not have to purchase a diploma. You can make your own using a word doc template, or you can do a simple online search for downloadable diploma templates.
If your child will no longer be homeschooling, you'll still want to have a transcript available for the school he or she will be attending. Here is an example of the transcript I created for my oldest son upon his return to public school this past year.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I'd genuinely hoped to have posted on this topic earlier in my homeschooling career, but that's the thing with time - it flies!
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and sociologist. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!