Homeschool Transcripts

It’s important to note that a transcript isn’t an “official” form like a birth certificate or passport. A Transcript is merely an organized record of each subject a student has studied.

Traditionally, grades, achievements, and test scores are added to complete the record. Transcript forms can be downloaded here or from many, a Google searched platform.

It’s IMPORTANT to follow the Homeschool Laws of the State, Province etc. of which you live.

In most states, your homeschooled student needs to fulfill a minimum number of credits in order to graduate from your homeschool high school. Traditionally, 1 credit in high school equals 120 hours of classwork, (Example: 160 45-minute sessions)

Projects, Recitations, field trips, Labwork, and independent reading can count as classwork.

Be sure to follow your State Laws.

When you log the year, subject, grade level, credits, and grade earned on the transcript, you are certifying that the work has been completed.

Most individual subjects fall into a core area of study commonly recognized.

CORE SUBJECT AREAS

Language Arts

Reading

Phonics

Literature

Writing

Handwriting

Composition

Grammar

Spelling

Vocabulary

Mathematics

General Math

Geometry

Algebra

Pre-calculus and Calculus

Trigonometry

Social Sciences

History

Government

Social Studies

Natural Sciences

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Geology

Environmental Science

Labs (hands-on)

Foreign Language

Study of any language other than English

Physical Education

Instruction in sports

General fitness

Classes and Experiences that do not fall into the generally recognized core categories can often be classified as electives.

ELECTIVES

Fine Arts

Music

Art

Practical Arts

Shop

Driver’s ed

Business

Accounting

Computer programming

Logic/thinking skills

Health

A high-school transcript also includes space for extracurricular activities such as those listed below. Headers such as OFFICES HELD and BAND can be used if a list of service and achievements follows that topic.

Electives are also made up of additional high school credits beyond those listed in the core areas. For example, if a high school student takes both an American Literature course and also a British Literature course, he would earn two Language Arts credits on the high school transcript. One credit would fulfill the Language Arts requirement for that year; the other would go towards the Elective credit.

Electives include…

All memberships in any kind of organization

Sports

Time consuming hobbies

Music lessons

Volunteer work

Jobs

Leadership Positions (church, community etc.)

These extra-curricular activities are often listed on a separate page or in a pre-set area of a Legal Sized High-School Transcript.

High school graduation requirements and college admissions expectations are slightly different around the nation. The requirements listed below are those that a college admissions officer would generally look for on a high school transcript.

Subject Required Credits Core

Language Arts 4 Language Arts

Mathematics 3-4 Mathematics

Foreign Language 2-4 Foreign Language

World History 1 Social Science

American History 1 Social Science

American Government 1 Social Science

Science 3-4 Natural Science

Physical Education 2 Physical Education

Electives 4-8

Time spent reading, writing, and doing spelling and vocabulary can all count towards the Language Arts credit.

Physical Education credits can generally be awarded for 120 hours of purposeful physical activity, as long as the student logs those hours in a journal or diary.