What’s the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?

What’s the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?
 What's the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?

What’s the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?

We sometimes are asked by homeschool high school moms about the difference between transcripts and course descriptions. They need to know this in 2 cases:
  • If a homeschool high schooler is transferring to regular school settings (especially public schools), those schools often ask for BOTH a transcript and course descriptions.
  • If a homeschool high schooler is applying to a college that has had few homeschoolers apply, they may ask for BOTH a transcript and course descriptions.
Transcripts and course descriptions are actually 2 different things. Here is a description of both:

Homeschool transcript:

The transcript is the high-level overview of high school. It lists courses taken each year, amount of credit earned and at what level of rigor, and grade for the course. It can also include extracurriculars, competitions and service (these are important for college applications but not so much for transferring to a local high school).
Here are some helpful links:

Course Descriptions:

The course descriptions can be attached to the transcript when needed but is on a separate page. Course descriptions are slightly detailed (usually a paragraph or two) description of:
  • Text used for course
  • Topics covered by the student in the course
  • Methods used for instruction (text, real books, inquiry-based activities, etc)
  • How the course will be graded
  • Amount of credit earned and at what level of rigor
  • Plus a syllabus, where possible (Here is a post on how to write a syllabus.)
You can find a course description that lists the topics covered by the text when you go to the 7Sisters store and look up each curriculum. However the methods, amount of credit earned and the amount of rigor varies by student, so each homeschool parent who needs course descriptions will need to explain those in the description.
For an example of the text and topics part of the course description, here is that portion from a Psychology course:
What's the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions? Psychology
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Text: Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective by Vicki Tillman, published by 7SistersHomeschool.com

The topics in the fifteen chapters of this Psychology curriculum for high school cover:

-The Brain and How it Works
-Perception
-Genetics
-Learning
-History of Psychology (Ancient to Pre-modern Times )
-History of Psychology into Modern Times
-Communication
-Needs and Motivation
-Looking at Personality & Theory
-Sleep & Dreams
-Abnormal Psychology
-Psychological Testing
-Christian Counseling
-Careers in Psychology
-How to Help a Friend in Crisis

This course includes:

-new words and key concepts reviews
-comprehension questions for each chapter
-tests

Transcripts are a part of educational life for all homeschool high schoolers. Course descriptions are occasionally needed. When they are completed, it is rewarding to see the fine work done by your homeschool high schoolers.

 

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What’s the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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