Homeschool transcripts might be one of the first things you wonder about when it comes to homeschooling high school. If your child is college bound, then you will indeed have to produce some sort of transcript of their high school education.
Don't worry, however, there are a lot of resources out there to help you do just that. In my opinion, having gone through this multiple times now, there are two important things you must do when it comes to transcripts:
1. Start keeping track from the first day of high school. Keep track of all of your student's classes, books used and grades given. You might not need all of that information but it sure is nice to have it on hand and not have to go back and try to figure it out.
2. Update this information EVERY YEAR! Do not wait until the middle of senior year to try to compile this information. At the end of each year, jot down the pertinent information and keep it in a safe place.
You don't need to have the exact template figured out from the beginning, and you might even have all your information just scribbled (neatly of course) on some notebook paper. That's okay. When the time comes, do your research and figure out what kind of template will work for you.
Where do you find this information, you might be asking? Well, go Google it and you will have more options than you know what to do with. Start with "transcripts for homeschoolers" and see what you like there.
I found a great page on the Home School Legal Defense Association's website that has a lot of templates to help you get started. Don't worry, you're more likely to find too much information rather than not enough.
When my oldest daughter was applying for college I knew I needed to decide what her transcript was going to look like. I got some examples from a few of my friends who had already done this and then decided what I wanted to include in my own.
First up is your basic information: name, address, phone, email, DOB etc.
After that I listed off all of her extracurricular activities as well as any community service she had done.
One thing we've done, which I think is a nice addition to your college applications, is to keep track of all of the non-textbook books read by your student throughout highschool. My one daughter was able to attach a four page list to her transcripts and it was noticed by the college admissions people. Again, make sure you start from the beginning to keep track of this!
More and more, colleges are willing to work with homeschoolers so the idea of a homeschool transcript is not as scary as it once was.