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Homeschool: Freedom to Tailor Education

Homeschool: Freedom to Tailor Education
Homeschooling is successful because we can tailor education to the needs of our own child , giving them information in a way that makes sense to them. Homeschooling works because we are highly motivated by love to work for the ultimate success of our...
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How to Include Boy Scouts on a High School Transcript

How to Include Boy Scouts on a High School Transcript
Learn how to put scouting and other fabulous fun on your homeschool transcript and convert natural learning into high school credit with this free ebook. Download now: How to Convert Delight Directed Learning Into High School Credit Boy Scouts, ...
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Put Bible Class on Your Transcript

Put Bible Class on Your Transcript
If you are teaching religion classes at home, I suggest that you put Bible on the transcript, for 1 credit or 1/2 credit, each year you cover that subject. If the curriculum says it's a semester, then that's 1/2 credit. Sometimes you need to count ho...
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From Qatar to College Requires a Transcript

From Qatar to College Requires a Transcript
What do you do when you live and homeschool in Qatar and your child is going to college in the US? Make a homeschool transcript , of course! Margaret wrote, "We just received my son's Early Decision acceptance! Your Total Transcript Solution is aweso...
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Homeschool Transcripts for Unique Children

Homeschool Transcripts for Unique Children

Homeschool Transcripts for Unique Children


Have you ever gone back and looked at your old high school transcript? I looked at mine recently, and it’s a remarkably bland document. It lists the usual student info, the name of each class I took, the teacher’s name, and my grade. It shows my college test scores, the number of days present or absent, and my cumulative GPA. I attended a public high school, but I imagine a private school transcript looks similar. How my college alma mater ever got a sense of who I was from this document is a mystery!

There are so many advantages to making a homeschool transcript compared to a public or private school transcript! I think the best one is that you can let your child's personality and giftedness shine through. The information you can include on a homeschool transcript can help make your student attractive to colleges and scholarship committees.

I know a young lady in public school who is extremely gifted in the arts, but not in science and math. Her high school transcript doesn’t highlight her giftedness, so colleges won’t see what a unique individual she is. You can highlight your student's strengths and gifts, demonstrated in their unique coursework and activities. Not to say that you shouldn’t include courses your child didn’t excel in, but you have the freedom to highlight your child’s individuality and make them shine.

Why Make a Transcript?


The primary use of a transcript is to help a college evaluate your child for admission and scholarships. While homeschoolers tend to save many mementos of their children’s lives (my closets are full of trophies and pictures), a transcript is not a scrapbook; it’s a record of your child’s academic history during high school. It’s not a place to record every single activity your child ever participated in or all the awards they won. These are important, but are best presented on an awards and activities list, to complement the transcript.

The transcript is also a great planning tool. If you work on it regularly over the years of high school, you’ll have a better idea of what you have covered and what your student still needs to work on.

Homeschool Transcripts Count


Is a homeschool transcript official? Can a homeschool parent really name courses, award credits, and assign grades? Yes! Your homeschool records are official because your homeschool is official. You do not have to be a professional educator to determine what counts and doesn’t count on the homeschool transcript. As the parent, you know best what your child has learned and the credits they have earned.

I know an unschooling family who didn’t make their child do math, but through testing verification, determined he knew pre-algebra, and gave him credit on his high school transcript for this knowledge. When you are confident your child knows a subject, you can include it on their transcript as accurate and true, without needing to verify it through the opinion of a “professional."

The Homeschool Advantage


Homeschoolers have so many advantages. You can create courses based on your child's unique and passionate interests, describe the courses to colleges in your transcript and course descriptions, and show your child for the special and wonderful person they are. In the competitive world of college admission and scholarships, homeschool records are one of the biggest advantages a student can have. Make sure your records do your student justice!

For more information on homeschool transcripts for unique children, check out my book, Creating Transcripts for You Unique Child.



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3 Transcript Pitfalls to Avoid

3 Transcript Pitfalls to Avoid

3 Transcript Pitfalls to Avoid


It’s August already, and as the summer draws to an end, homeschool parents seem to get busier than ever. Summer can be a busy time! While I’m all for taking a break, it’s important to stay up on homeschool record keeping tasks in high school, especially your transcript. In fact, as I consult with homeschool families, I’ve started to notice some transcript pitfalls that are common to many homeschoolers. Keep an eye open for these 3 transcript pitfalls to avoid!

  1. Your homeschool grades don’t match your student’s college admission test scores (such as the SAT or ACT). I am not saying that test scores are the "real" part of your child's education, but they do reflect the learning your child has done. Make sure grades and test scores reflect and match each other as much as possible. (If your child tests poorly and their test scores do not reflect their knowledge, make sure to communicate this to colleges.)

    This isn't merely a warning not to inflate your child’s grades - it goes both ways. I heard from a parent recently who had a college request that she raise her daughter’s homeschool grades in order to match her college admission scores! That sure made me laugh.


  2. The tendency to convey your child as one-dimensional. While your transcript is definitely the place to show your student’s math, science, and foreign language accomplishments, it’s your student’s passions and delight directed learning that help a college see your student's unique aspects.

    Remember that colleges don’t particularly want another cookie-cutter kid. They see those all the time. You want your student to rise above the crowd and be different. You want your student to be a unique individual, a character, someone colleges have never seen before. The transcript is one of the places to reflect this.


  3. Leaving out entire chunks of information. You might laugh at this, but sometimes homeschool parents seem to forget entire courses when they’re putting their transcripts together - usually because they haven’t kept good records! 

    I was working with a homeschool mother on a transcript for her high school junior. She and I went over every subject area they had covered, and discussed everything in detail from high school algebra to American Sign Language. Everything was complete. As I was leaving, I asked, “What are you doing this weekend?” The mom didn’t hesitate for a moment, explaining that they were going to a Latin competition that weekend. “Latin?” I said. “You never mentioned Latin!” This was how I discovered that her high school junior had already completed four years of high school Latin, and she had completely forgotten about it.


Although these common transcript pitfalls do happen, you don’t have to let them happen to you! You can create great homeschool records, prepare your child for college tests so they’re ready to show what they know, and represent their unique strengths and passions on their transcript so they’ll be offered awesome scholarships! Stay ontop of your records, doing a little bit each month, and you will never forget 4 years of Latin.



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15 Reasons to Make a Homeschool Transcript

15 Reasons to Make a Homeschool Transcript

15 Reasons to Make a Homeschool Transcript


A transcript is part of your child's educational background that you will have to provide. When you homeschool, part of what you are signing up for is documenting your child's educational experiences. It's all part and parcel of the whole genie gig, as they say on Aladdin.

Some parents think that's not true. Sadly, I have seen the consequences of that perception. You see, when parents have a 28 year old who wants to go to college but needs a transcript, they call me for help. I know that it's tempting to think that today is the only situation that might require a transcript, but kids continue to grow up. Situations continue to change. Even if you don’t need it until 10 years later, when your child finally wants to go to college, that transcript is important.

It's totally possible that just for today you don't need a transcript, but today doesn't last. You may need a transcript later. I'm not being short-sighted, mean, or domineering, I'm experienced ... I'm the voice of reason who has seen what happens when you don't make a transcript. Because you might need it later.

You NEED to make a homeschool transcript if:

  • You are homeschooling high school

  • You have homeschooled high school

  • You homeschooled your child and they graduated

  • Your homeschooler has ever changed their mind about anything


You WANT to make a transcript if:

  • You want your child to earn college admission

  • You want college scholarships for your child

  • You want the good student discount on car insurance

  • Your child wants to go to summer camp


You are NOT the exception. You need to prepare a transcript.

  • Even if you don't need the transcript the day they graduate

  • Even if your child has perfect test scores

  • Even if your child has or will have an AA degree from college

  • Even if your child plans to enlist in the military

  • Even if you unschooled through high school

  • Even if your child was in dual enrollment

  • Even if your child gets a job immediately out of high school


You may think that if you don't need a transcript now, you can just ignore it and pretend it will go away. But you know what? For every year that goes by, it becomes 10 times harder to make a homeschool transcript.

How would you feel, attempting to make a homeschool transcript ten years from now? I have helped a parent of a 28 year old with a master's degree, who needed a homeschool transcript to enter the PhD program. The parent of a 24 year old, who was applying for a new job needed a transcript. I have also helped a parent of a 21 year old unschooler who needed a transcript for college admission. As challenging as it might seem to make a transcript for an unschooler, won't it seem astronomically more difficult to make it three years from now?

One young homeschooler I know was denied admission to college, even though she had wonderful community college grades and had already earned an AA degree. Why? She failed to produce a homeschool transcript!

Homeschoolers are sometimes denied college admission. You need to prepare a transcript.

It's not so hard - even you can do it! It's just a piece of paper with words and numbers - and you can type! You have what you need to make it - you are reading this blog online now! You are the parent. You can do this! Go, team, go!

Update your homeschool transcript every year. Live without regrets. Be prepared with paperwork, so you don't become the weakest link in your child's future. You want to look back and be glad that you homeschooled, not feel it was a mistake because you failed to make one measly little piece of paper with words and numbers on it - the homeschool transcript.

I'm sorry if I sound stern. This is the time of year when parents of 20-somethings are calling me in a panic. Let me help you avoid it.

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Ditch the Stress and Grab the Confidence

Ditch the Stress and Grab the Confidence

Ditch the Stress and Grab the Confidence


It was fun to see another review posted on my book on transcripts and course descriptions. I wrote this book to help homeschool parents ditch the stress and grab the confidence to create beautiful, professional homeschool records, and to save big money on the cost of college. Almost all colleges require an official homeschool transcript, made by the homeschool parent. You do need to know how to make one. While not all colleges REQUIRE course descriptions, they often appreciate the extra effort, which can lead to more scholarships. And of course scholarships are a BIG deal to most homeschool parents (although strangely not all homeschool families, much to my surprise)!

Read this review by L. B. Keller, posted on January 30, 2016
Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships

Thanks to this book, I know I can homeschool high school.


I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited. Lee's down to earth, practical, "here let me show you how I did it" advice and suggestions helped me ditch the overwhelming stress I had considering homeschooling high school. I learned about other ways to grade and evaluate my kids besides a test, delight directed learning (letting kids explore their own interests and creating high school credit for it), how to write class descriptions, what kind of documentation I should be keeping NOW, the works. She had real examples of her own children's transcripts and course descriptions as well as 2 or 3 other families who approached high school in very different ways. The book even went into earning college credits while still at home. After reading her book, I know I can homeschool high school and do it well.

Have you read Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships yet? The book has 42 reviews, and has earned 4.8 out of 5 starts on Amazon. It makes me happy!

Thank You!


While I'm thinking about it, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to those who have ever written a review for any of my books on Amazon. One little-but-honest review means the WORLD to me and my business. If you have ever wished you could do something to say THANK YOU for my work or my books, leaving a review would be the bestest gift ever!

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Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript:

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Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!

Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!

Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!


Each time someone takes my free class on grades, credits, and transcripts, I ask for feedback. I update that class every few years, and feedback helps me to improve the class each time. But, I have to say, Cindy went over-and-above on her specific review of “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts”. She said she loved every minute of it!
    Dear Lee,

I am happy to provide feedback.  None of it will be improvement because I loved every minute!

I was home all week with my six-year-old while my husband took a group of 22 on a mission trip.  Included in that trip were my 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.  One of my goals was to update transcripts and START course descriptions.  We have homeschooled since the start and I was feeling uneasy about some aspects of our transcripts.  Books and research are my stress relievers so I began there.  I remembered some moms mentioning liking your talk last year at Modesto, CA so I started with you.  Wait! I prayed, then felt certain I was to start with you.  What I found was the friendly voice and mentorship I have sought for years and could not find.  You echoed so many of my own fears and pleasant discoveries and I knew you were a gift from God.

Most of the help that you gave me was the confidence to get started revising what I have already done and the courage to begin that which I have put off doing.  Specifically helpful to me was:

- You validated my one year over semester approach to transcript.  I have been using a template from HSLDA and it does not have a semester option.  We found that the grade didn't vary from semester to semester so this was fine, EXCEPT, every other sample (from the internet) was in semesters.

- You shared what you did.  As mentioned above, I only had samples from the internet.  No one will show me what they did.  I know some people feel embarrassed to share but seeing a real example from a person you know actually used what you are seeing makes a world of difference to a mom.  Which leads me to my next point.

- You don't see homeschooling as a zero sum game.  I love helping people.  I will happily share anything, and I have shared so many things.  Sadly, others don't always feel the same way.  My husband and I quietly did our own homeschooling thing since we didn't know anyone who did it.  Recently (since High School started), we have been more involved as the Lord has brought the opportunity.  We have met a few families who are very competitive.  I have been discouraged (more than I realized) but you have given me new hope that on a personal level I can turn things around and share you and your website and materials and underscore your attitudes of wanting all homeschooling families to succeed in their own way.

- You helped me see that it is okay to put on the transcript everything my son did.  We were embarrassed when we listed everything (and ran out of room since my husband must have it look pretty) so I began lumping things together in such a way as to make it look "normal."  I have had this nagging feeling that we were negating his accomplishments and hard work.  My husband is a youth pastor and often has my son teach.  We had none of that on there either.  He does so many book studies for personal devotions that I never thought of putting on his book list (Do Hard Things, Thirsting for God, Mere Christianity to name a few). In a nutshell, the truth is the truth and I need not fear what others think.

- You reminded me that colleges love homeschoolers.  I have heard that but not from a person who has actually experienced it.

While I didn't buy your transcript service (though I was sorely tempted), I would have had I not already done so much on it already.  I was happy to see you had books.  The webinar was a treat and one I hope to repeat often.  However, having your words in print will be wonderful.  I bought the one on admissions and scholarships for my son who is making applications this year.  While I wait for it to arrive I am reading your book on transcripts and course descriptions on Kindle. I will certainly share your link and the blessing that you are.  Please thank your whole family for me as I know it would not be possible without your husbands support and the inspiration God gave you to do your best for your boys.  Thank you for telling me in your book to consider you a friend because I do!

With a grateful heart,
Cindy

Have you learned about high school grades, credits, and transcripts yet? It's often the most-feared thing about homeschooling high school, and is a stumbling block for many parents. I feel that if I can remove the fear of high school transcripts, then parents can make an informed decision about homeschooling high school. You can take my free class on “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” and feel much more comfy-cozy within a short time! The class is about 1 hour, with about 1 hour of questions at the end, so you're sure to get the information you need.

Don't let the fear of transcripts prevent you from homeschooling through high school!

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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Transcript

How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Transcript

Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript.


This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping Samples

  1. Choose an acronym
    Create an acronym for each college or high school location where your child took classes. Like this:
    HCC = Highline Community College
    I like using the CC part of the acronym for community college, it makes it look so obvious that you are dual enrolled.

  2. Place the acronym before the class title on the transcript
    Where you normally put the class title, put in the acronym first, and then use the exact class title that is provided by the community college. Like this:
    HCC SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
    HCC MAT 101: College Calculus
    HCC ART 100: Survey of Fine Art

  3. Define the acronym in key or legend
    At the bottom of your transcript, explain what the acronym means. Like these options:
    HCC: Dual enrollment classes at Highline Community College
    HCC indicates classes taken at Highline Community College

  4. Translate college credits to high school credits
    One whole college class is equivalent to one high school credit. If your child is taking one whole college class, worth 4, 5, or 6 credits, then it is one whole high school credit. If the college class is 1, 2, or 3 credits, I suggest calling it a half credit class.

  5. Insert the exact grade from the college
    No matter what the grade is, put the grade on the transcript. You can change it from the number grade to a letter grade, or translate it from a letter grade to a number grade, but you can't actually change the grade. College classes are just plain harder than high school classes, and it's very difficult to get A's in college, even when a child is used to getting A's in high school. (Read more: Community College Success)

  6. I don't recommend weighting grades
    If you do decide to weight grades, then it would be easiest to weight it the same as an AP class. However, every high school in the country seems to have their own unique way of weighting grades, which is why I don’t recommend weighting them. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges will like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. There are so many variation possibilities, and colleges need to compare students from different schools and school districts. For that reason, the first thing they do is to un-weight any weighted grades. Colleges have asked me to tell parents not to weight grades, and so I don’t recommend weighting grades unless your first choice college prefers grades that way. (Read more: Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades)

All parents know that the homeschool transcript is the least of our worries about community college. Our bigger concern is actually how our child performs in the real life college situation, both academically and socially. I do have one big tip to help you guide your child toward higher college grades. The answer lies in vocabulary. 80% of a subject is learned through the vocabulary alone - in other words, if you master the vocabulary, you are 80% of the way to getting an A in the class. Get some flash cards, highlight the book with the vocabulary words, and have the child quiz himself or herself on those vocabulary words.

For answers to your questions on transcripts, take my free class on Grades, Credits, and Transcripts.
Click here to get my free recorded class on Grades, Credits, and Transcripts

If you still have questions, consider getting the Total Transcript Solution. It has a lot of additional resources, and thoroughly answers all common difficulties, while giving you the tools you need to get things done. At the same time, the Total Transcript Solution has one consultation, so you and I can talk together if you still have a question that hasn't been answered.
Learn more about the Total Transcript Solution

Does that explain it all? I hope that make sense to you!

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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar


Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar


Recently I worked with Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) on a series of classes teaching parents how to determine high school credit for IEW products. We’ve known each other for many years and collaborated together on a number of projects before, and it's always fun. This time I enjoyed chatting with him about my Total Transcript Solution. This is what Andrew had to say:
“If I could go back to the very, very beginning, and say to my wife, ‘Sweetheart, I know this woman who will help you – let’s just get her services and do this the easy way,’ it would have saved a few hours ... Lee is just one of the most encouraging and common sense, down to earth, but careful people in this whole business. I recommend her highly.”

~ Andrew Pudewa,  Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).

If you are experiencing anxiety about your child entering college and the real world, you want to hear Andrew’s entire review, including some great encouragement for homeschoolers, check out the YouTube video below to listen.



If you need to learn more about determining high school credit for your curriculum, or if you need help getting started on your transcript, I'd love for you to take this free class "A Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits, and Transcripts".

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Scholarships Worth 93% of College Costs

Scholarships Worth 93% of College Costs

Scholarships Worth 93% of College Costs


I got a wonderful letter from a member, and she was very specific about why she felt her daughter got a huge, Huge, HUGE scholarship that covered a full 93% of the cost of attending college! Here is the short version, in case you are in a hurry, but need to know what Kathleen did to become so successful.

Executive summary for busy parents

Start your transcript early - learn how in junior high!
Keep great high school records so you are ready for anything.
Read excellent literature - quality, not quantity, will help the most.
Be active in  your child's education and don't give up.
Consider community college carefully, it can be "Rated R".

Here is the letter Kathleen wrote, so you can learn more.
Dear Lee,

I have been so blessed by yournewsletters, website, and theTotal Transcript Solution.  Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to.  Two of those universities invited her to compete for "up to full-tuition scholarships," and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors Scholarship at the University for her  well-written essay. She was also awarded a vocal/music scholarship after I encouraged her to audition even though she had an insignificant amount of vocal training!  All combined, Michaela was awarded 93% of her tuition for four years.  Room, board, and books are virtually her only responsibility.

Know that I recently met with the Director of the Honors Program at the University who identified with interest, an unusual activity Michaela completed during high school that was listed on her TTS transcript.  I presume the Total Transcript Solution made it easier for the university to conclude that Michaela's unique homeschooling experiences would be a welcome addition to the University community!

Thank you for your sound advice on starting a high school folder. The best thing I ever did was start Michaela's transcripts when she started doing high school work--and that was in 8th grade.  And every time we did something, a college class or a field trip, a conference, or a missions project, anything... I printed it off the internet, dated it, and put it in a folder.  That little nugget of advice from you has SAVED me. One of the essay scholarship questions on the application was, "What kinds of extra-curricular cultural activities have you done?" Fortunately, I found ticket stubs in Michaela's folder from a Latin museum and a Latino Film Festival we forgot she attended two years earlier for her extra-credit Spanish coursework at the community college.  Every parent should have a folder, whether they are homeschooling or not!

The BEST advice you ever gave me: read excellent literature. Michaela scored nearly perfect on the SAT reading and writing components.  For lack of time (both hers and mine), she never completed any formal English/writing curriculum during high school.  Your encouragement in that area helped me step out in faith believing that it was quality, not quantity that would produce a right result.  Michaela devoured good books and wrote in her journals (and I coached her with my limited knowledge of community college general education English!), and she wrote a very creditable essay when it counted most.

Thank you for your dedication and service to the homeschooling community. Your  recommendations and resources have empowered me to take control of my children's high school education. I know that we will complete high school with absolute success.  My second daughter, only a sophomore this year, is nearly finished with high school and plans to take community college courses this fall in fashion design.  Her youngest sisters will be starting junior high in the fall.  I have every confidence they will all experience comparable success, and I can't wait to make their transcripts!

Hopefully this will give more parents hope to keep their children out of the public school system.  We need to keep sending a message that it can be done! You were right about junior colleges.  Just from my girls taking foreign language classes at our local junior college the last 2 years... they've been exposed to a lot of inappropriate behavior from both teachers and students.  I didn't feel like I had a choice because they needed language and I didn't have time to teach it properly.  I'm glad Michaela made it to a Christian college where at least most of the environment is going to be positive.  Can't wait to see the amazing things she's going to do there.

Finally, I give all the glory to God who shows me daily that "apart from Him, we can do nothing."  There were weeks and months when we were inundated with admission essays, college visits, sports, injuries, illness, life in general; times when I felt we were so far behind we would never catch up.  BUT GOD!

~ Kathleen


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3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications

3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications

3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications


Dual enrollment classes on the transcript

Use an acronym before the class title to clearly show which classes were taken at the community college. That shows that senior year classes are harder than last year - a good trend to show.  You can read about that trend in this blog post, Acronym for Outside Classes.  For the classes your student is currently enrolled in, replace the grade with IP to indicate those classes that have been started at a community college, or use R if registered but classed haven't started. That way they can see what your child has done so far, and what they can expect to see in the future. Read more about that here: Sending Transcripts for Senior Year Applications. When you apply to college, you must send your homeschool transcript, that includes both homeschool classes and community college classes. A transcript must also be sent from the community college directly to the university where your child is applying (there is usually a small fee for that, perhaps $5 each.) List it on the activity list too, something like this: Dual Enrollment Student at Tennessee Community College.

Dual enrollment classes on the comprehensive records

Copy and paste the course description from the community college online catalog. Paste it into Notepad first, if possible, to remove any funky formatting, then paste it into your own comprehensive record document. You don't have to be as detailed with community college classes, but you can be as long as you like. Some parents choose to leave out anything other than the online course description. I prefer to have people list at least the community college textbook for those classes.

Dual enrollment applications to the university

You are applying as a high school senior, as if your classes were taken at a high school, not at the community college.  You are applying as a freshman UNLESS you have taken a community college class after high school graduation. Even one college credit after graduation can change your status from "freshman" to "transfer" and eliminate your chances of some college scholarships. While you are applying as a freshman, that means you can get freshman scholarships and freshman housing - a very big deal. You don't want your children living with college seniors!  But at the same time, dual enrollment classes will allow your child to be more advanced academically, and take appropriate classes the following year. My son, for example, applied as a freshman but was a college junior academically, so he was allowed to get freshman student housing but also take junior level college courses when he registered.

If your child is taking dual enrollment classes, be sure to talk to them every day about what is going on. If possible, take classes with another homeschooler (preferably of the same gender) so your child isn't going into classes alone. More tips on that here: Community College Success

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5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution

5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution


5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution


Marcy Crabtree of Ben and Me recently started using my Total Transcript Solution. I taught a class for her, and during the class she was telling me all about how much she loves it!

The Top 5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution


1) I know that I'm going to be prepared and that helps alleviate so much fear and so much pressure for me. I already feel calmer.

2) I know that Lee has put together a system of tools that will make it a breeze to not only open a word document and physically create Ben's transcript, but that's also helping me learn how to translate our personal homeschool method into courses that are not just acceptable on his transcript, but that will glow with his passions and his interests, giftings, and accomplishments. I want that three-dimensional Ben to show up on his transcript.

3) I'm just thrilled that I don't have to change how we homeschool. Instead of changing from all that to a more textbook and test kind of approach, Lee is helping me, through the Total Transcript Solution, to learn how to translate how we homeschool into those words and numbers that the colleges will understand. Ben's thrilled that he doesn't have to go from all the wonderful learning we've done all these years to tests and textbooks. It's super freeing for me to learn that I get to assign his grades without giving tests.

4)  I want colleges to see that Crossfit is more than just P.E. Ben loves Crossfit. He trains three times a week. I want to incorporate that into more than just a P.E. class. I want to make that into more of an "Exercise Physiology" course for him. Using the tools that we have in the Total Transcript Solution, I will better know how to piece that together to present a transcript with "Exercise Physiology" rather than just a P.E. class.

5) The Total Transcript Solution is life changing. It is an amazing package. I'm really excited about this tool as we begin homeschooling in the fall.

If you want to hear Marcy's explanation, just click on this YouTube video to listen to Marcy's entire Total Transcript Solution review.



I just love helping parents homeschool their children through high school, and I would love to help you, too! Would you like to see the class I did with Marcy, on Grades, Credits, and Transcripts? Click here to watch "A Homeschooler's Guide to High School Grades, Credits, & Transcripts." Click here to learn more about the Total Transcript Solution.

Have you used the Total Transcript Solution?  Please share your experience!

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