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How to Prepare an Official High School Transcript for Your Homeschool Graduate

Posted By Smockity Frocks On January 8, 2013 @ 6:41 am In Homeschool | 14 Comments

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UPDATED: My oldest daughter received a full academic college scholarship using the high school transcript I created with this method.


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Would you like to know how to prepare an official high school transcript for your homeschool graduate?

Whether you are just beginning to homeschool your preschooler, or are nearing the end of your homeschool journey, knowing how to prepare an official transcript is knowledge that will most likely come in handy sooner or later.

Since our 17 year old, in true first born fashion, finished her high school courses early, and already has colleges calling, mailing, and emailing, I knuckled down and did quite a bit of research to put together an official high school transcript for her.

The college she has chosen has excused her from an entrance exam and much of the application process because she scored in the top 5% on her SAT test. One thing they did request, though, was a high school transcript.

Here are the steps I took to put together an official high school transcript for our homeschool graduate.

  • Find out the graduation requirements for your state.

In our case, I did a Google search for “Texas high school graduation requirements”. This should be done upon entering the high school years.

  • Use those requirements with this high school credit planner [4], and pencil in what courses your child needs to complete by graduation.

This can be fairly flexible. Your state, like Texas, may not even require that you meet all state requirements, but this will be a good indication of what colleges will expect from a high school graduate.

I saw different styles of transcripts [6], but they all were in a spreadsheet format and listed courses, credits, and grades for all 4 years of high school.

  • Use a template to make your own high school transcript.

Here is a free transcript template [7]. I used the free template on this site [8]. (My daughter is not applying there. I just liked the simplicity of the template.)

  • Make it official.

Include all of your graduate’s important information: date of birth, address, phone number, date of graduation. Put the name of your homeschool at the top, sign the bottom, and have it notarized.

That’s it! Congratulations! You have an official high school transcript!


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[5] sample high school transcripts: http://www.homeschool-rewards.com/homeschool-transcript.html

[6] different styles of transcripts: http://www.hslda.org/highschool/academics.asp#TR

[7] free transcript template: http://www.homeschool-curriculum-savings.com/homeschool-transcript-template.html

[8] free template on this site: http://www.covenant.edu/admissions/undergrad/home-schooled

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