Stay calm. Don’t panic. You can homeschool high school, and you can create a homeschool transcript; it can be quick, easy, and painless process.
What Is a Transcript?
A transcript is typically a one page academic summary of your student’s high school accomplishments.
Why Do Homeschool Students Need a Transcript?
Colleges look at transcripts to confirm that your student has completed the admissions requirements.
It is usually required for dual enrollment programs as well as traditional college experiences.
What Is Included on a Homeschool Transcript?
I’ve researched my eyeballs out, and I’ve concluded what is essential information for the transcript.
However, you should check the requirements of the college your student is applying to before submitting your transcript. You can usually find this information on the college’s website (check the “admissions requirements” page).
Necessary Transcript Information
Include these bits of information on your student’s transcript:
- the words “Official Transcript”
- Student Information (name, birth date, address, parent’s names, gender)
- School Information (name, address)
- Names of Classes (be specific and descriptive, but not ridiculous)
- Grades earned for each class
- Credits earned for each class
- Projected Graduation Date (or actual graduation date)
- Current GPA (use this GPA Calculator to get the job done quickly!)
- Principal’s Signature and Date
Optional Transcript Information
Additionally, here are a few pieces of optional information to include on the transcript.
- Course Completion Dates
- Grading Scale
- National Test Scores
- Brief Activity List
- Social Security Number
If you are a visual person and need to see more examples, this post on Homeschool Transcript Examples will provide you with more information.
How to Make a Homeschool Transcript
Are you ready for four super simple steps to creating a high school transcript?
- Keep records.
- Fill in a template. (You can use the one I’ve provided below.)
- Sign and date.
Done. I told you it was quick, easy, and painless!
If you need help keeping records, try my free grade book and my free high school course record form.
Free Homeschool Transcript Templates
I searched through heaps of free templates, but I could not find exactly what I was looking for, so I created my own. My goal was a streamlined presentation of information. I wanted simple, clean, and professional.
You can download one of my free templates by clicking on the links below; you’ll need Microsoft Word to open them.
You can choose from these three transcript template options:
- High School Transcript Template Organized by Subject (no grid lines)
- High School Transcript Template Organized by Subject with grid lines
- High School Transcript Template Organized by Year
More Free Homeschool Transcript Templates
If you don’t like the look of my transcript templates, no problem. I get it. I’m picky, too.
Here are a few more you can choose from in order to find the one that suits you best.
- Regent University’s Homeschool Transcript (in Excel; it does the math for you!)
- Homeschool Transcript by Subject (this was my go-to before I made my own)
- Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Homeschool Transcript Template
- How to Homeschool Today’s Transcript Creator
- Covenant College’s Homeschool Transcript Template
I hope you feel confident about making a transcript.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment.
I would love to help. Please let me know what your specific questions are. Thanks! 🙂
Hi, Ami! I am so grateful to have found your transcript templates! Thank you so much for providing them and your advice for free. Last year was my first experience homeschooling. My son was a junior in high school, and I am happy to report that it was a fabulous experience for both of us! However, he really wants to return to public school to graduate with all of his friends this year. The school has requested a transcript and based on our communications so far, I am afraid they are going to try not to give him the credit he earned because he wasn’t enrolled in an “official” school. I live in Idaho and I was careful to follow all of the state guidelines. Anyway, my question is…is it appropriate for me to make up a name for our school and sign the transcript myself, as the principal? Any advice is much appreciated.
That’s what I would do. I would add a name at the top, and yes, I sign it as the principal. Unfortunately, schools are allowed to do as they see fit (not give credit to students who have truly earned it). It’s wild to me that a public school will refuse credit while a university will accept it with no questions asked.
Anyway, I am wishing the best for you guys!
Char Nelson says
I’d be thrilled to use your high school template.
Kelly Carter says
Thanks for the transcript ideas!