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Documenting Homeschool Academic Records

Should you include documentation of your students academic record by year or by subject on your transcript? Do colleges prefer to see the classes by subject organization: english, math, history etc. or do they prefer to know which year your student completed what subject: Freshman, sophomore, junior etc.?


The trouble with these questions is that there isn’t a one size fits all answer.

I decided to put both on my sons transcripts. The reason why is because some colleges will want it one way and other colleges will want it the other way – it was really hard for me to figure out which one wanted which. I kept both prepared at all times and both of those were part of my comprehensive records tied to my course descriptions. I would then find out which way colleges preferred it and give them the corresponding academic record.

I would give it to them that way; lay the transcript that they wanted on the top and underneath that would be the spiral-bound copy of my comprehensive homeschool records which had both. That way, I felt that I was making it  as easy as possible for them.

Colleges have good reason for wanting the transcript each way. Sometimes they want to know by subject whether you actually had four years of English and four years of math. Other colleges will want the transcript by year because they really want to know whether the child fell apart in senior year and had senioritis. They can compare year to year and see which one looks beefier.

They have their own reasons and you don’t really know so you want to find out of their preferred way of getting the transcript and give it to them that way. Yet at the same time, I included both in the comprehensive record underneath that one page.




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Guest - Saprina on Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:37

Thank you for addressing this as I had been wondering as I did it by year which one was the best to choose. I am mostly just trying to find how I want to do a grading scale because I am not much liking regular a, b, c, d, f. I usually give + and - on the grades that deserve them and am trying to figure out a way to change your transcript sample to where I can do that and figure out how to do the GPA figuring with it. The grade scale and trying to figure out if I should learn how to do weighted grades are what keep me up at night working on this thing and re-doing his transcript numerous times trying to figure out what I like and how I want to do it before the time to send in everything with college apps.

Thank you for addressing this as I had been wondering as I did it by year which one was the best to choose. I am mostly just trying to find how I want to do a grading scale because I am not much liking regular a, b, c, d, f. I usually give + and - on the grades that deserve them and am trying to figure out a way to change your transcript sample to where I can do that and figure out how to do the GPA figuring with it. The grade scale and trying to figure out if I should learn how to do weighted grades are what keep me up at night working on this thing and re-doing his transcript numerous times trying to figure out what I like and how I want to do it before the time to send in everything with college apps.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar (website) on Friday, 10 August 2012 09:43

Saprina,

Lee has a blog post that you might find helpful in this area: Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades?

Also, The HomeScholar's A La Carte Class, Making the Grades (Online training) will teach you how to estimate grades without complicated systems.

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Saprina, Lee has a blog post that you might find helpful in this area: Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades? Also, The HomeScholar's A La Carte Class, Making the Grades (Online training) will teach you how to estimate grades without complicated systems. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - J W on Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:39

Thanks!

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