From the HSLDA E-lert Service:
< BACK TO ARCHIVE

Date:
From:
Subject:

2/4/2010 10:09:24 AM
Becky Cooke -- Diane Kummer HSLDA
Homeschooling High School--Transcripts, Take Two!

Homeschooling Thru High School
HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School Online

February 4, 2010

Advertisement

Great SAT Prep Deal!

Homeschooling Thru Highschool Online >>

High School Notebook

HSLDA Homeschooling Now Blog: Teaching Tips

High School Teacher Training Days
Registration is open for the October and November sessions. Plan now to attend!

HSLDA Essay Contest
HSLDA is excited to announce our 11th annual essay contest designed to give students the opportunity to develop their writing and skills and showcase their talents. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five entries in each category, and the winning essays will be posted online. For complete contest details please visit our contest page.

Speaking Engagements

October 12, 2012, HSLDA Teacher Training, Purcellville, VA (Becky)

October 19, 2012, Map Your Future, Indianapolis, IN (Becky and Diane)

November 2, 2012, HSLDA Teacher Training, Purcellville, VA (Diane)

November 10, 2012, NYS LEAH Region 5 Syracuse/Central, Cicero, NY (Becky)

Join 17,000 others...

The HSLDA Curriculum Market is buzzing with activity! Save money on new and used homeschooling materials, or sell your extras.

Did you get your PerX today?

HSLDA membership can pay for itself! Retailers and service providers want to support our members with special discounts. Check out the discounts available to you today... we'll be adding more soon!

You Can Help!

The Home School Foundation supports homeschool families in need. Whether it's a widow or a family suffering after a natural disaster, HSF is there to help. You can give directly, or through our Clicks For Homeschooling program; online merchants contribute to HSF when you shop!

Start shopping here to contribute to HSF at no cost to you!

HSLDA’s @home e-vents

Did you catch the special @home e-vent offered by HSLDA’s High School Consultants Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer? If not, go check out our archives! Here, you can access “The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student’s Guide” and all of the other incredible “at home workshops” that HSLDA has to offer!

   

Transcripts, Take Two!

Dear Friends,

These winter months are good times to stay warm at home...and work on transcripts! Regardless of what your teen anticipates pursuing after graduation, it's important for you to generate a high school transcript for him or her. So, there's no better time to begin than now.

At the inception of the HSLDA high school program, we provided information on how to create a transcript. Since then, many families have joined the ranks of homeschooling through high school, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the subject with updated information.

If your child has never attended a public or a private school, then it's likely you've not seen a high school transcript in a while. To most homeschool parents, the word "transcript" elicits almost as much fear as the word "fire" in a crowded room! Some parents think that they cannot create such a document. We hope that reading this newsletter will allay your fears and give you confidence that you are capable of issuing a professional-looking document on your teen's behalf.

Becky Cooke
Becky
Cooke

Diane Kummer
Both of HSLDA’s high school consultants homeschooled their children from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Learn more >>

Transcripts: What and Why?

Two questions we frequently encounter are: What is a transcript and why do I need one, especially if my teen is not pursuing college? Simply stated, a transcript is a concise and accurate record of your teen's academic courses taken during the high school years. A transcript is not only necessary for college admission, but may be required for scholarships, Vo-tech and other post-high schools, apprenticeships, entry level employment to evidence completion of high school, and will definitely be required if enlisting in the military.

Now that we've established the necessity of a transcript, let's look at the different sections of such a document. (It may be helpful for you to print off one or more of the sample transcripts, including a blank form, that are found on our website and refer to them as you read through the rest of the newsletter.)

Transcript Heading

You will want to begin by placing a title at the top of the document such as "Official High School Transcript." Or, you may choose to use your school name, "Smith High School." If you belong to an umbrella or oversight group, then that may be the school name you'll use (please ask the group for permission to do so).

Following the title, provide the student's personal information on one side and the school information on the opposite side (even though much of this information is identical). The student should list his full given name, address (including email address), phone number, birth date, and parents' full names.

A Social Security number is not required on [DD1]a transcript. It will be requested by the schools in the application in order to match up any financial aid or scholarship money that is received for your student. Once in the school's database, most colleges issue a student ID number to the applicant, and that is the number to use for future correspondence with the school.

Transcript Academic Record

The major section of the transcript is the academic record (or body) section which is usually divided into four parts or years. Some families, however, create a transcript by semesters rather than years. This is strictly a personal choice, but listing courses by semester may make it more difficult to keep the transcript short and concise.

Each year will be labeled by grade such as "Grade 9," and so forth. Under this heading, all the courses taken in the 9th grade will be listed followed by the credit earned and the grade awarded. When titling a course on the transcript, use a brief and clear title so that others will have an accurate idea of the course content.

College courses taken as dual enrollment should be starred and a note included at the bottom of the transcript that these are college-level courses, or simply list the name of the college. (Generally speaking, a one-semester college-level course is equivalent to one year of high school credit.)

Transcripts submitted with a college application should list the 12th grade courses even though these courses are not yet completed. Place an "IP" (in progress) in the grade column of the transcript until a grade is awarded at the end of the senior year.

Along with the course title and grade earned, also indicate the credit each course is awarded. There are several ways to evaluate credit. For additional information see "Evaluating Credits" on our high school website.

At the bottom of each year, total up all the credits and compute that year's grade point average (GPA). More detailed instructions on how to calculate yearly and cumulative GPAs can be found in our October 2009 newsletter, "Computing a GPA--Yikes!"

Transcript Academic Summary

At the bottom of the transcript, the total number of credits and the cumulative GPA will be listed. Be sure to also include the date of graduation and that a diploma was issued.

Some transcripts will include a grading scale or table. Providing such information can be helpful to someone reading your transcript in understanding your grades. However, if your teen has taken courses from other teachers or from outside sources, it will not be possible for you to provide a uniform grading scale. If this is the case, then it's wise not to include the scale or table.

Signature and Date

The transcript should be typed and professional in appearance. Every time it is requested, provide an original, signed, and dated document. It is a good idea to have someone proofread your transcript for spelling and calculation errors before issuing it.

The Finished Product

The samples on our website will give you the type of information that any transcript should include, but don't think that you must duplicate the formats. You have the freedom to design your own transcript to fit your teen's specific needs. Your transcript will be fine as long as it is clear and accurately reflects your teen's high school academic courses.

Now, that wasn't so hard, was it? Hopefully this information will give you the confidence that you, too, can produce a professional-looking transcript for your teen--one that you will look forward to providing to anyone who asks.

For members of HSLDA, please know that we are always happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process when you are ready to create a transcript. If you are not a member of HSLDA, we invite you to consider becoming one. You can read about all the benefits of membership on HSLDA's website.

March winds will blow into your email box our next newsletter that will provide you with information about summer teen camps. Until then--

Keeping warm here in the Northeast,
Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Consultants


"Homeschooling Thru Highschool" is a newsletter of the Home School Legal Defense Association. All rights reserved. For more information on Homeschooling Thru Highschool or the Home School Legal Defense Association please contact us at:

HSLDA • P.O. Box 3000 • Purcellville, Virginia 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600• Fax: (540) 338-
2733 • Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org/highschool

Subscription Information: You subscribed to the "Homeschooling Thru Highschool" email as:
webmaster@hslda.org

Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Change Settings

POSTMASTERS: This message is being sent to the most recent address we have for our subscribers. If this is an invalid email address or you have other problems, please reply to webmaster@hslda.org.

DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message from HSLDA to its bonafide HSLDA E-lert Service subscribers. HSLDA cannot attest to the authenticity of copies posted, forwarded, or sent by any party other than HSLDA.

ADVERTISING WITH US: The appearance of advertisements in the Homeschooling thru High School newsletter does not imply recommendation or endorsement by Home School Legal Defense Association, and the opinions expressed by advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of HSLDA. Use of any information, product, or service herein advertised is voluntary, and reliance upon it should only be undertaken after independent review. Caveat emptor—let the buyer beware.

NOTE: Please do not reply or otherwise use this email address; hslda@hslda.org is for broadcast purposes only and is not intended to receive incoming messages. We cannot reply to any email sent to this address. If you have comments or questions, please send email to info@hslda.org or call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. HSLDA members can also email staff directly through the Members website at http://members.hslda.org/contact.asp. Thank you for your cooperation.

© 2012 HSLDA. All rights reserved.