Homeschool High School Transcripts FREEBIE - A Step by Step Guide

Summary:  Making your transcripts are not hard to do with this guide.  I researched top sites to put this together.  And transcripts are really just a record of what your teen has been doing and studying.  

Are you new to homeschooling high school and wondering what homeschool transcripts are all about?

Or are you already in the midst of homeschooling your teen, and are just looking for some direction on making their homeschool high school transcipts?

You will find many answers to your transcripts questions here. 

When my own teen was starting high school at home, I went about doing some research on that, and came up with a step by step guide for me to follow.  

It was a help to me and I hope that it will be a help to you, too.  My daughter got into each of the colleges that she applied to with her homeschool transcripts.  

Did you know that homeschool transcripts are being very widely accepted across the U.S. by the colleges?  

Knowing what to put on my daughter's homeschool transcripts was a big part of my teen getting into college.  

So today, I am offering my free PDF Guide to Homeschool Transcripts to you, as a FREEBIE download.

It is a step-by-step guide to making your own homeschool transcript for your teen.

I invite you to click here to get yours:  Guide to Homeschool Transcripts.

I offer much more on homeschooling high school and getting into college on my blog here.

That will take you to my high school articles.  Then if you scroll down just below them, you will reach those on college.

Are you wondering what is involved in preparing your teen for college?

My book on that topic is below, and includes helps for setting up your high school at home, as well as how to deal with college.

It is on AMAZON, both kindle and paperback. 

KINDLE is 25% OFF!
Do you need an accredited transcript?  Or accredited courses?

No, colleges are accepting homeschool transcripts all over the U.S. The colleges also do not ask homeschoolers to complete accredited coursework.  
Your homeschool transcript will show all the credits that your student earned, and none of them need to be accredited.  Some colleges so ask for Course Descriptions, which is a chapter in my book/kindle. 

There are 16 other chapters on high school and how to deal with the college application process for homeschool grads.

Planning printables are included for:

-  Making a 3 or 4 year high school plan

-  Curriculum planning

-  Credit recording form 

-  Transcript form with step -by-step instructions

-  College entrance requirements 

-  P.E. Form

-  Course descriptions recording form and more.

 I invite you to click here for more information on my book/kindle. And consider pinning this article for future reference.

Do your teens like to learn through games?

They might just love this game oriented way to learn all about the college application process.  It is called the HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE.

We are also participating in it this year!

My friend, Meryl, owner of Funda Funda Academy, is host and is sharing tons of resources for high school moms plus tips for homeschooling high school and preparing for college.

Teens can win Target or Amazon gift cards - or the grand prize of $150 just for doing fun assignments that prepare them for college
Registration costs $5 - but everyone is eligible to win the $5 back at the very minimum. But there are lots of better prizes for students who put in a little effort.
For more information, click here.

My best to your and your precious kids and teens.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, 


Betsy is mom to her now college grad daughter, whom she homeschooled since she was in K. 

She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool

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Homeschool High School Freebies - Transcripts, Planning Your High School and More

Would you like some freebies to help you get started with your high school at home?  How about a BOOK SALE on my Kindle GUIDE to HIGH SCHOOL?

Hi, I am Betsy from BJ's Homeschool, a long time homeschooler, who homeschooled my daughter through high school, then helped her get into each of the colleges that she applied to with scholarship offers.

 I am so happy to be offering my homeschool freebies from blog at BJ'S HOMESCHOOL, plus my kindle book sale. 


Have you already been homeschooling your teen?

Does the thought of making transcripts led to overwhelm?  It did for me, when I was starting out.  
That is why I put together my guide to making your Homeschool Transcripts, which I offer as a freebie to you.

Making your transcripts are not hard to do with this guide.  I researched top sites to put this together.  And transcripts are really just a record of what your teen has been doing and studying.  

Are you looking for more information on high school?  Do you wonder what kind of curriculum you would need to do high school?  And how to go about getting your teen going doing it?

2.  FREEBIE High School Helps - No Email Needed!

Are you looking for more  tips and helps for high school?  To give you more of an idea of what is involved?  This download comes to you directly, without any need to subscribe or share your email at all.

 High School Helps 

This FREEBIE is something to check out and save for later reference, too.  More information on this freebie is here - What's in High School Help? - Where the Contents of this Free PDF are explained.


It does take you through all the important things you need to know for high school.

And it really is not that hard!!

It is a easy-to-read guide includes 12+ Downloadable High School Planning Printables, plus chapters on:
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • making your own homemade courses
  • high school curriculum
  • college scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • course descriptions

Are you wanting to see what the book/kindle is like? 

4. FREE Chapter of my Book 

For this freebie, no need to sign in.  The link above takes you to the free PDF directly.

It explains how to find and then deal with your teen's college entrance requirements, and also shows you how my book is written.  Easy to read, and full of tried and true tips.

We started homeschooling when my daughter was 4, as she was so ready to learn and we wanted to teach her at home, to give her that extra attention and to teach our family values and more to her.

So my blog also includes articles on the early years, below and also the middle school years, too.

Do you have younger kids in your home, too?

Click the link THE EARLY YEARS for:

  • how to get started homeschooling
  • FRUGAL homeschool elementary curriculum
  • homeschooling kiddos with ADHD, or Sensory Issues
  • and more!
Does your child struggle with handwriting?  Or are you looking for a frugal way to teach it? 

As both a homeschooler and a retired O.T, I put together a bumch of specific, easy to do activities for handwriting.  And they are FUN for your kids!  And made them into a FREEBIE!

Playful ways to help with handwriting!

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, 


Betsy is Christian, veteran homeschooler, and mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled 
since the early years. 

Betsy shares on  Facebookpins at BJ's Homeschool Pinterest.  You can also reach her on BJ's Twitter.

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Life School Your College Bound Teen

Summary:  Life schooling added so much to our homeschool.  It allowed us to follow our child's and teen's interests, helping her to find her gifts and even decide her college major! Life schooling, that is what it is all about! #homeschoolinghighschool #lifeschooling #homeschool #getintocollege

We believe in life schooling. That is one of the reasons that we decided to homeschool.

Through natural activities, we helped our daughter followed her interests and, over the years, find her own unique gifts.

Even in high school, we did life schooling.  

Through high school activities and high school electives, my daughter explored her interests, which even led to her decision re her major in college!

  • to do lots of teen-led learning!
  • make your own homemade courses
  • do lots of high school electives
  • and activities!

Did you know that you do not have to do the public school graduation requirements?  As homeschoolers, we have a lot more leeway.

We just have to follow our state homeschool regs, and most states leave that up to the parent to decide for the most part.

More on that, and college admssions is in my book below, which is offered as a KINDLE GIVEAWAY below.

But first, let's talk life schooling!


In the early years, our daughter was all about art and making things.
Painting, fingerpainting and making things with cardboard and tape were her favorites. 

And that helped her handwriting, by developing her small muscle skills.

Our little one was always dancing around the house and soon asking for a ballet class, like she saw her friends attending. 

She was a shy one, so we thought a little dance class might help her develop her social skills and confidence.

Through ballet, she learned to follow directions, make friends, and yes, develope confidence, too.


We were always at the library, going to read-alouds there and such.  My daughter always chose her books herself.

She loved to pick out books about animals and other science topics.

And she still loved making things! So, after field trips, she often made something out of cardboard, to share with her dad.

One time we went to a local country fair.

Afterwards, she made this structure, to the left, showing all the fun rides there.

And at that fair, we found a children's contest that my daughter wanted to enter.  It was mostly for art, crafts, baking, etc. 

Did you know that many states have these contests at their state fairs, or through 4H?  

Country fair contests often include competitions even through high school in:

  •  animal care
  •  cooking
  •  art
  • writing
  • poetry
  • photography
  • and even knitting.  

My daughter continued with this fair all the way through high school.  She loved it because of the competition and earning awards for her work.  Life schooling....


In the middle school years, my daughter entered a lot of different contests at the country fair, like photography, baking, and even middle school homeschool writing 

Then one year she  entered a knitting contest. 

In that contest, the kids competed to see how could knit the fastest. 

To do this, they were up in front of an audience.

Would our shy daughter want to do that?  She did!

This was a real surprise to us.  It led to her reading her poem aloud, the next year.

Through this country fair contest, my daughter learning that she liked public speaking!  

Little did I know that she would want more. 


My daughter loved science, especially at co-op.  One year, her science teacher asked her if she would like to help teach the class.

She jumped at the chance!   

She learned that she liked talking in front of the group as she helped in that class.

Then in 10th grade, when we were studying government in our homeschool, she heard about a program called Youth and Government.

Did you know that most states have a Youth and Government program, through their YMCA?

It is an activity that teaches speech, debate and state governments.  

They act as if they are legislators and learn all about that, by acting it out!  

Speech and debate is so great for our teens.  More on that is here.

And that is a great way to show leadership in college applications!

Following our daughter's interests through life schooling even helped her decide on her college major!

She decided to study Communications in college.

What do you think your teen may want to study in college?  


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full of tips and articles on 

Don't miss this High School FREEBIE: 

FREEBIE includes top articles on:
  • Frugal High School Curriculum
  • Graduation Requirements
  • 100 Best High School Resources
  • Nature Study for Teens
  • Favorites for High School Math
  • Teaching Textbooks vs Monarch
  • Make Your Own English Course
  • and more!
I helped my daughter get into each of the colleges that she applied to and my book tells you how to deal with college admissions.

  • what is needed for college admissions
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • make your own homemade courses
  • scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • reference letters
  • course descriptions
  • lots more.
Are you homeschooling a strong will teen?  That can be a challenge.  My friend, Vicki from 7 Sisters Homeschool has lots of ideas for that in her post Homeschooling a Strong Willed Teen.   

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad daughter, whom she homeschooled since she was in K. 

She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool

She shares on  Facebookpins at BJ's Homeschool Pinterest.  You can also reach her on BJ's Twitterand she hosts an encouraging High School Facebook Group.

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How Homeschooling Helped Our Teen Make Dean's List

Summary:  Do you worry that your homeschooled teen would not be able to get into college?  How homeschooling helped our daughter not only get into college, but also do well there.  We use aff links only for products we used or love for our homeschool.

Are you considering homeschooling your college bound teen, but wondering  if they could get into college? 

Do you ever ask yourself, like I did, these sorts of questions...….
  • Will my teen be ready for college level work?  
  • Will they be able to compete with other students, whether public schooler or those from private schools?
  • Can I find the homeschool curriculum that they will need for college prep

I did worry about those things at first.  

But after seeing our daughter do well in her first quarter of college, getting onto Dean's List (who knew?), I began to wonder why I worried so much.

It is not hard to get into college as a homeschool grad!  Some colleges are even starting to recruit homeschooled applicants.  They want those self motivated teens who know how to find the answers to their questions and know where to look.  

And do so independently.

Our daughter graduated college, after studying for 4 years there.  She developed an interest in political science in high school, and that lead to a minor in that along with a B.A. in Communications.  And she loved it.

We credit homeschooling for not only helping our daughter get into college, but also making Dean's List. 

Here’s 7 ways that it did:

1.  Homeschooling can best meet your teen's individual learning needs.

Homeschooling created an environment that nurtured and prepared our daughter well for college.  It gave us the flexibility to not only challenge her intellectually, but also explore and find ways to accommodate forany learning issues, early on.

If she had been in public or private school, she would have been faced with learning most everything through listening to the teacher, in front of the class. 

 That would not have worked for our daughter.  And if she was tested, with only verbal directions, she would have failed.  In homeschooling, we used visual and tactile (hands-on) approaches, and she loved learning and excelled in it.  

 You get to choose the homeschool high school curriculum that fits your teen's needs.  Some of our favorites include:
As a homeschooler, she was able to learn in the way that she liked best. That is just the tip of the iceberg...

2. Homeschooling builds confidence by providing a strong foundation, and a soft place to fall, so crucial for kids, during the teen years.  

Nothing like knowing that a cozy home is a waiting our teens, when they just finished a difficult day at their part time job, a new activity, or just finished up with the ACT test. 

 She was well rested and able to focus on her test prep.  Later, in college, she is still taking advantage of this, as she commutes to campus.

3.  The 1 on 1 focus of homeschooling catches any learning gaps.

As homeschoolers, we can review, go back, switch up our curricula, or even add another year of high school, if that would help our teen.  

My daughter benefited from the freedom to switch curricula or approaches when needed, gearing our homeschooling to her strengths.  She was a visual learner, and we could set up her learning to focus on that, as opposed to auditory learning, and that made all the difference for her.

She could work ahead on some subjects, take extra time for others. It allowed us to accommodate for her sensory issues easily, day to day. 

4.  Homeschooling allows for time to build special gifts and foster and grow your teen's interests.  

Following their interests motivates our teens so much, even for doing the less interesting work that would be required for their chosen field of study. 

Helping our kids discover their inner-most gifts and interests, not only helps them grow, it also creates strong motivation for them to learn, study those things that will help them in the future.

When my daughter wanted to try her hand at becoming a leader, we found activities that would foster those skills. 

Homeschooling gave her the time, and the resources, to pursue her interests in leadership.  And when my daughter applied to her college honors leadership program, her high school activities helped her get accepted.  

5.  Interest-led learning produces motivated, self-starters.  

Encouraging their interests builds self starters!  That is just what many colleges are looking for, motivated and independent learners,and those are things that makes a college student succeed.

6.  Homeschooling teaches self management skills

Homeschoolers learn how to organize their studies, plan their days, and prioritize what needs to be done first, etc....... all skills that are essential to success in college or a new vocation.

My teen even took our workboxing organization style with her to college!  Organizational skills learned at home were key to her success in her freshman classes at college.

7.  Homeschooling teaches problem solving and researching skills

My daughter watched me search and choose homeschool curriculum each year.  During homeschool, she had often seen me search for resources, as we chose curricula, searched for a dance class, or surfed the net for help in algebra, from Khan Academy.  

Through the years she learned how to problem solve and research things for herself, as she did that every day in our homeschool.

When faced with a difficult class in college, she put her problem solving skills to work.

So her first thought, when faced with this difficult college math 
class was not how she could find a way to drop it.  It was, instead, a question to be answered - What resource would help me to deal with this?

She came to me and we worked out a plan together.  She completed the class and did well in it.  Homeschooling taught her the problem solving skills to do that.  

Those are my top 7 reasons why homeschooling prepares our teens well for college.  What would you add to this list?  

I helped my teen get into each of the colleges that she applied to, then wrote a book, that tells you how we homeschooled high school and helped her get into college.  It was featured at the 2021 Homeschool Superheroes Conference.

My book is a guide to homeschooling high school.  Plus it is a guide to getting your teen into college, if that is where they are headed.

  • what is needed for college admissions
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • preparing for college writing
  • make your own homemade courses
  • scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • reference letters
  • course descriptions
  • lots more.

My book is on 
Kindle is FREE to read with Prime

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a Christian and mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from the early years onward.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition.   She offers homeschool help through BJ's Consulting. 

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