Having a high school transcript is an essential part of the admission process for colleges and other higher education institutions. However, preparing a transcript can be overwhelming if you're not sure where to start. We're here to help!
At minimum, a high school transcript should include:
- student demographics
- courses taken and completed
- credits earned from completed courses
- grades received
- GPA (grade point average)
- extracurricular activities
- achievement test scores (SAT/ACT)
It's important that the GPA be accurate. Some colleges prefer seeing a weighted GPA. Calculating a weighted GPA isn't much harder than calculating an unweighted GPA, but it's best to use a computer to do this since it's easy to make mistakes when doing it by hand.
Some colleges require a student's Social Security Number (SSN) be included on the transcript. Most colleges also accept a unique Student ID number instead of an SSN. As a homeschooler, it's not difficult to come up with a number that's unique to your student. Learn more...
Academic ranking is something that's talked about a lot, but generally isn't required for a homeschool transcript. Learn more...
Consider printing your transcript on heavy card stock for an added touch of professionalism. It's generally required that a school administrator sign and date the transcript to cerify its validity. As a homeschool parent, it's perfectly acceptable for you to sign the transcript yourself.
Having an attractive, thorough, detailed transcript is one of the best ways to ensure your student's acceptance into their college of choice.