With something as important and official as a high school transcript, it can feel overwhelming or intimidating to create your own, but it doesn’t have to be. If your child is nearing or entering high school, use this guide and download our free templates to create a transcript made to impress!
Transcripts are only required for high school students, but you should be in the habit of keeping records long before high school rolls around. Depending on your state, you may be legally required to keep certain records. Yet, even if your state doesn’t require it, we recommend you get in the habit of recording attendance, hours spent schooling, grades, and the curriculum you use, including levels, subjects, publishers, and the scope and sequence.
Plan with the end in mind.
Make sure to choose a transcript tract that fits your post-graduation plans. If your child wants to immediately pursue a trade, then AP classes aren’t really necessary. However, if you’re aiming for an Ivy League, you’re going to need certain things on your transcript.
You can find your state’s minimum high school requirements on your state’s department of education website. From there, determine which tier of transcript your child should work toward.
- The minimum requirements
- A slightly more rigorous recommended program
- A distinguished program
If you need help determining how many credits you should pursue for each tier, use this free “road map” from College Prep Genius that breaks down the credits for each.
Decide on AP courses, dual credit, and/or CLEP.
If your child is looking toward college after graduation, you should consider early college options like AP, dual credit, or CLEP. If you’re unfamiliar with these, check out our overview to decide if early college is the right option for your homeschooler.
Any of these early college options should be included on your child’s transcript and can be listed under “notes.”
Make it official.
The best way to make your transcript look official is to use one of our free homeschool transcript templates.
Keep your transcript to two pages and get specific when you’re filling out the course information. For example, instead of putting “12th grade History” put “Government and Economics.”
To go a step above and beyond, get your transcript notarized.
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