4 Things To Do Now for a Great Transcript Later

Scrambling at the last minute to create a high school transcript for your child isn’t the best choice. Believe me! I know from experience.

My daughter was applying to a college and she needed her high school transcript. Since we homeschool privately, it was my responsibility to produce one for her. The problem was, I had dropped the ball on four things that could have saved me a lot of time and sanity when it was time to prepare her transcript.

I’ve learned my lesson. I won’t neglect these 4 things with my next six children. Let’s take a look at four things you can do now for a great high school transcript later.

Here are 4 things to do now for a great transcript later. Homeschool high school, you can do it!

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4 Things To Do Now

Spending an hour at the end of each high school year to jot these four things down will make creating a transcript a lot easier. You could type them into a file on your computer or write them out on a piece of paper. Either way, make sure to store them in a safe place so you can quickly access them when needed.

Here’s what you need to keep track of:

  • course titles
  • course descriptions
  • credits
  • grades

Let’s take a closer look at each of these things.

Course Titles

When you are preparing your child’s transcript, you will need to list all the courses your child took. This is where a course title comes in. A course title is the name you give to each class your child completed in high school.

Examples of course titles would be: English 100, Biology, Algebra 1, and so on. Notice that these are not the names of the curriculum your child used. You don’t want to write “Exploring Creation with Biology“. Instead, simply write “Biology” or “Biology with Lab”.

Course Descriptions

Next, you will need to write a course description. This is a short paragraph about what was covered in the class and what curriculum and resources were used.

It can also be helpful to include what measurements were used to determine your child’s grade. Did they write essays, take tests, do presentations or other assignments? Write this all down so you don’t forget it at the end of your child’s high school years.


You will need to record how many credits each course was worth. A one year course, which counts for 1 credit, usually consists of 120 to 180 hours of instruction and work. A semester course would receive a half credit (.5) and usually consists of 60 to 90 hours of instruction and work.


At the end of each school year, record your child’s letter grade and percentage next to the course title. This will make it a cinch to transfer the information over when it’s time to create a transcript.

Need More Help?

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A little effort up front will save you a lot of frustration in the end. Trust me… I know!

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