My kid #5 is finishing 11th grade this year. He will complete the line of Tillman children that have graduated from high school through homeschooling and gone on to college. Kid #4 is at Lancaster Bible College currently, kid #3 graduated from Carson-Newman College, kids # 2 and #1 have BAs from Messiah College and graduate degrees. Also, I have been an academic advisor for Mt. Sophia Academy (a homeschool umbrella program) for over a decade.
As you can imagine, I’ve worked on transcripts. But first:
There is not ONE right way to homeschool your children- or to make transcripts. But I will share how we do it.
In this post, we’ll discuss what a transcript looks like. I will follow up the next couple of Mondays with posts on earning credits, which subjects should be covered, and deciding levels.
A high school transcript is a record of what a student has achieved during his/her high school years. Here are a few basic rules:
1) The transcript should be easy to read and understand.
2) The transcript should show work completed in each year.
3) The transcript should present information in a manner that is consistent from year to year.
4) The transcript should show courses completed, along with credit and grade earned. (Credits are based on Carnegie Units.)
5) The transcript should, if possible, include some extra-curriculars, service, and competitions.
6) The transcript should reveal levels of work done in core subjects (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science).
Here is a rough sample. (There is not a uniform template that all schools or homeschoolers use. You get to make it your own style.)
777 Well-Educated Lane
SmartParents, MD 22222
Date of Birth: 8-1-96
|9th Grade (2009-10)|
|10th Grade (2010-11)|
|11th Grade (2011-12)|
|12th Grade (etc)|
Service Hours: 100
Extra-Curriculars: Choir 9th grade , Youth Group 9th grade, Library Volunteer 9th grade, Soccer 9th grade
Competitions: Smartparents City Choir Competition 9th grade (Honorable Mention), Bible Quiz 9th grade (1st place in Recitation)
This is a classic post from 7 Sisters.
For a USEFUL health or elective credit, take a look at 7 Sister’s Introduction to Human Development:
Human development is a discussion of the way humans grow and change from womb to old age. It is a useful course for any homeschooler who helps care for siblings, will grow up to be a parent someday, or even take care of her parents in their senior years 🙂
We talk about these changes from a Christian worldview:
Here is my discussion on the perfect transcript: