Frugal Resources for High School Transcripts

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Have your begun making your teen's transcripts, and found it to be a little daunting?  I did.  Compiling all the necessary information, and knowing what to put where, can be overwhelming, to say the least. 

Last year, when I worked on mine, I found that having a little help from others made all the difference.  Since then, I have been putting together a resource list of frugal help for you, in making your transcripts.  And who doesn't want a little help for this important task, anyway?

All of the transcript resources below, are around $20.00, except the one that is listed first, which is less than that.

Frugal Resources for Transcripts

1.  Creating Transcripts for your Child  by Lee Binz, the Homeschool Scholar 

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This 49 page ebook offers tips and encouragement for making your homeschool transcript.  

2.  Also from Lee Binz is:  Setting the Records Straight 

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"This book, print or online, will provide you with the tools and information you need to create homeschool records and transcripts, with lots of tips, how to's, and helpful details.  Transcript templates are included." ..... Lee Binz

3.  Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschoolers Guide to High School Paperwork by Janice Campbell

photo credit - Janice Campbell

"Transcripts Made Easy provides clear, step-by-step instructions for creating several types of transcripts, using simple word processing software that most people already know how to use."

"Homeschoolers need to know how to keep simple, accurate high school records in order to create a transcript that will "wow" college admissions counselors. Transcripts Made Easy is designed to be simple and doable, even for parents who are getting a late start in record-keeping, or who aren't completely comfortable with using the computer." .......Janice Campbell

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This is a small business, started by a homeschool graduate, Erin Haynes.  She says: "I will fill in all the necessary blanks. Once I have all the necessary info, I will email you the finished PDF to print and bring to the notary to sign."   

Erin guides you as far as what information she needs, then puts together the transcripts for you. 

5.  HSLDA'S Fast Transcripts Service

Wondering what to put where, for your teen's transcripts?  Fast Transcripts does this for you.  I found it very helpful to have this assistance when I did my daughter's transcripts.  And they help with the record keeping too, so you can put each of your teen's courses in, just one at a time, if you like.

"Fast Transcripts enables you to track your high schooler's courses via online record keeping, and then helps you produce an official transcript with an auto-calculation feature for determining yearly and cumulative GPAs.  You even have the option of having your final transcript printed on watermark protected, academic record stock!  Take the worry out of creating, updating, storing and sending your student's transcripts."  .....HSLDA

Have you seen my book yet?

My book is a do-it-yourself guide to high school, with helpful forms that go along with each chapter.  I also threw in tips for getting your teen into college, if that is what they may want to do. But this book can help you in your planning, where ever your teen is headed.

 Homeschooling High School with College in Mind 
 Kindle is on Amazon 
Also in print - Amazon  

PDF @ $7.95 on Educents  

Use what I have learned to make it easier! 

Here are the chapter titles:

Researching College Entrance Requirements
Planning High School with College in Mind 
Choosing High School Curriculum
Assigning High School Credit
Making Your Transcripts (Calculating the GPA, etc)
Electives and College
Writing the College Essay
Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
Preparing your Teen for College Writing
Don't Forget the FUN!

12 Printables!

My book lays out everything from making your homeschool transcripts, finding curricula, writing course descriptions, assigning high school credit, dealing with those college references as a homeschooler and much more.

 Good News!
Subscribers will get the first chapter free! 

Click here to get yours!

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Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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  1. Very helpful info! Thanks for linking this post up at the Thoughtful Spot!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Laura Pheneger from the Thoughtful Spot, where there are always great resources.

  2. (Sorry if this posted multiple times, I'm having browser issues right now.)
    I'm not sure if my first content went through, so I'm trying again. I payed that my teen is still working at middle school level, but this reminded that transcripts are something I need to plan for soon. Also that I have 4 kids to get through high school, and all plan to go to college. Plus some employers actuality request them. Not many, but I have had it happen.

  3. Thannks for stopping by, Laughlin! When I did my teen's transcripts, I was so happy to find a little help, and for me ,that made all the difference. That is wonderful to hear that all of your kids are interested in college. Mine is a newbie freshman right now. Have a great evening,

  4. This looks like such a wonderful resource - thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience!

    1. Thanks, Hodgepodgemom, of the Hodgepodge blog and The Curriculum Choice, for your kind comments! I hope that families feel encouraged, and find that doing their teen's transcripts are not as daunting as they thought. I found it helpful to get a little help, so that my record keeping would be much easier to do.

  5. Yes, frugal is important, but my son got a huge scholarship because I was able to show the university just how much good work he had done. Sometimes it pays to get an expensive but more thorough and easier to use solution. Here's what I wrote about that:

  6. Thanks for sharing, Annie Kate! We used a frugal resource for our transcripts, and also sent additional information, including a summary of each course, which texts we used, etc. Then on the application, we shared activities and awards, that sort of thing. I agree that showing all the work is so very important. So many colleges are learning how well educated our homeschooled teens are. Congratulations on your son's scholarship!

  7. I've always been pretty computer-savvy, and I actually kept track of everything myself and created my own transcripts in high school (great college prep--if from 9th grade onward, you stay on track of making sure you get all courses required for graduation, you're better prepared to make good decisions for choosing the college courses you need to graduate on time!). It's also convenient to have software to make them. After college admissions and scholarship applications, though, I've never needed to show a transcript to anyone--still they are important for that short but pivotal life season.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience and insights, Rachel! That will be an encouragement to other families who are homeschooling high school.

  8. My husband's most recent employer is a large global corporation and his is an executive position. The background checking company DID ask for his high school transcripts and did want to verify his high school graduation. He didn't have a college degree. So even if kids are not going to college, they may NEED good transcripts!

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on transcripts, and the importance of having them, Laughlin. I agree that they are very important, even if hot heading towards college. They can verify graduation.


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