Preparing a Transcript
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By Beverly S. Krueger
Most colleges require a high school transcript from applicants.
If you are like many eclectic homeschoolers, your child may have
what seems like a crazy quilt education. How can you put all that
he has done into the structured format of a typical transcript?
Or if you are just approaching high school, how can you plan for
a complete transcript?
Most transcripts include the following items:
- Student Information - Name, birth date, address, phone number
- School Information - Name of your school, address, phone number
- Dates of Student Attendance
- Courses - Subject of course, grade given for course, year course
taken, brief course description, grade level of course, credits
given for course.
- Summary of Credits Given - Language Arts - 4, Math - 3 etc.
Total Credits - 24 (for example)
- Grading Scale A = 100-92% 4.0 B= 91-83% 3.0 C = 82-77% 2.0
D = 76-70% 1.0 F = 69-0% 0 (for example)
- Standardized Test Results - Year test taken, score (These could
include the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT II Tests)
- Grade Point Average
- Rank in Class
- Extracurricular Activities - listed by grade level or year
Some of these items can easily be incorporated into your own transcript.
Others have no relevance at all. For items like Rank in Class, you
can include them, but put N/A for not applicable. Since you are
creating the transcript, you can include or exclude as you desire.
Be sure to contact the university or college where you are sending
the transcript, so that you can include what they think is relevant.
The real trick is turning your studies into the type of set courses
that a typical transcript includes. Most colleges require four credits
in Language Arts. Typically they would be called English 1, English
2, English 3 and English 4. If you are using a traditional curriculum,
you can easily fit into this mode. English courses would involve
literature study, writing, and grammar. They could also include
many other things. For example, if your child spent several months
reading and learning about Shakespeare and his plays that could
equate to a semester of English 4. If you'd rather break your Language
Arts down into specific subjects, you can have Grammar & Writing
1, Grammar & Writing 2, Advanced Composition, Year Book, Journalism,
Introduction to Literature, The Short Story, Drama, American Literature,
World Literature, British Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare, each
of which could be semester courses. Each semester course is equal
to 1/2 credit.
A general rule of thumb is for every 150 hours of actual work,
you can count one credit toward the subject being studied. A typical
school year is 180 days. A typical class at your local high school
will have at most 50 minutes of actual time on task. That's the
equivalent of 150 hours of work. The Davis's of Elijah Company use
a more complicated formula that takes into account days missed from
school, time spent in nonacademic endeavors during class, and homework
time that computes an average of 100 hours of actual time spent
on task per high school credit.
You can also determine courses by actual content. The content of
a year course in high school biology can be determined by looking
through the table of contents of a high school biology text. Make
a copy of the table of contents. As your child covers the concepts
mark them off. When your child has completed 85-90% of what the
book covers, you can count that as a completed course.
Resources for determining course titles and descriptions:
- Independent Study High School Credit Course
BYU High School
High School Courses
Book Typical Course of Study
Typical College Prep Course of Study
Language Arts 4
Science 2 (At least one lab science.)
Social Studies: US History 1, Government 1/2, Economics 1/2, World
History or World Geography 1
Foreign Language 2
Physical Education 1
Electives 6-9 Can include additional science, additional social
studies, humanities, music, fine art, business classes.
Resources for determining a typical course of study:
Standard Course of Study
Course of Study in a Four Year High School Program
For more ideas about preparing for a high school transcript
How Do I Handle
High School - EHO
High School Years - Elijah Company
What About College: How Homeschooling Can Lead to Admissions to
the Best Colleges & Universities by Cafi Cohen
School Transcript - Fill this form out in your web browser.
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