Tackling Transcripts

My mom and I have dreaded high school transcripts from the start. I didn’t follow one exact curriculum and did courses that worked best for me and took a huge variety of classes so the whole transcript process has been daunting. Luckily, it isn’t really that bad!

The process

Before I go into the process I just need to say if you’re homeschooling high school I highly recommend writing down all educational things you do in detail, even if it’s just slightly educational. We had been keeping track of the courses I was taking, but I think last year and this year I didn’t write down everything I did. Luckily, it wasn’t that long ago so I know what courses I had taken, but if I hadn’t written down things from Grade 9 or 10, I definitely wouldn’t have remembered everything.

So, the first step was to lay out all the courses I had taken and basically “translate” them to public school “language”. Things such as art – I drew freely, took online art requests, art classes, art history and appreciation, etc. – we summarized into Integrated Arts, for convenience to the schools.  The goal is to make everything as easy as possible for the schools and whoever is looking over the applications. We wrote each course on a post-it note and separated them into each grade.  We double checked the required credits for this province to graduate to ensure I had all of the courses, we also checked the required courses for Kinesiology

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Post-its with the name of courses, divided by what grade they were taken in

in university to make sure I was set for that. Everything was good there, so the next step was to move everything into an online spreadsheet. We used Google Sheets and just wrote down each course separated by year. The universities require that you write down how much time and how many weeks you’ve spent on each course. This is a good thing to write down, too! It wasn’t too hard to come up with but it did take awhile to figure out how long was spent and how many weeks since I didn’t usually take summers off and would only take maybe a few weeks per year off. On average I spent 39 hours every week doing school as opposed to the public school average of 35.

Course descriptions

After time spent, grades and all of the courses were written down in the spreadsheet, we had to make detailed course descriptions. Technically, these aren’t part of the transcripts. Transcripts are just the course names, time, and grades, the descriptions are separate and will be uploaded to the schools separately. But since we were already going through all of my courses it made sense to do these at this time, too. This is where it would be most helpful to have everything previously written down and described in detail. It has been a several day process to get through all of the descriptions. I looked up what the courses descriptions were from the websites of the courses and copied all of them into a doc to have all of the info in one spot and not rely on memory for the exact things I’ve learnt. From there my mom and I have been writing descriptions and editing them down so everything is very brief and detailed. It’s pretty time consuming but soon we’ll have them all done and be able to send them to the schools. Once everything is done it will be uploaded to the schools through their student centres and they will alert when they’ve received the docs.

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14 thoughts on “Tackling Transcripts

  1. 4963andypop Reply

    Very informative and helpful. I am dreading this!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you! And it’s not too bad, just takes awhile and lots of organizing, you got this!!

  2. audrasbookblabbing Reply

    Transcripts can be very frustrating. My mother had kept a very detailed list of everything while I was in school. My transcript definitely showed my mom’s perfectionist side. Haha.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      That seems like the best way to do things so it doesn’t take so long once the actual time comes.

  3. Veronica M. Reply

    I was instantly drawn to your blog after reading your tagline-im also homeschooled in my senior year. I just completed the whole transcript making business a couple of weeks ago and it is daunting at first! But I guess it was done right bc I’ve been accepted to my first choice college. I hope your use of your transcripts is going well too ☺❤

    1. psitsperi Reply

      That’s so cool! I’m glad to find another homeschooler in their last year and congrats on being accepted!!

  4. Diana Reply

    This is a very good idea plus I see how many details are involved here. Your post it notes remind me of a brainstorming bubble chart. Very clever. I’ve been out of school for so long, but I support any parent who has their child home schooled. Good luck to you dear!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you so much!! Yes, there’s a lot of detail since we can’t miss a thing.

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  7. Zielle Reply

    The college I’m leaning towards going, apparently doesn’t require home-schoolers to have any credits… I’m still nervous hehe. But this helped a lot! I feel like what I’m doing in school now is not enough.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      That would be nice to not have to have any credits! I think most homeschoolers seem to be doing way more than what they do in public school so you should be ahead of everyone else, you got this!!

  8. Greta Renee Reply

    Transcripts can be so terrifying to think about. Thanks for the practical description of how you did it.
    I’m also in my senior year of being totally homeschooled. Love your posts and so excited about finding another
    blogging homeschool senior!!! 😛

    1. psitsperi Reply

      That’s awesome! Good luck with your last year of high school homeschool and transcripts were just pretty time consuming but not too bad

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