Going to college after graduation required that our daughters supply copies of their high school transcripts and ACT scores when submitting their college applications. At the bottom of this page, you will find the link to a fillable PDF file of the form I used for their transcripts. In both instances, it was accepted without hesitation by the college.
Note that I did go to Office Depot online and order an official stamp for our school, which I used to emboss the seal in the lower right-hand corner of the transcript. Without a seal, I’m not sure how it would be accepted.
As far as filling out the transcript, it is fairly self-explanatory. There are only a couple of comments I would make about that. Our family selected a school name from the very beginning. In Nebraska, homeschooling families have to use one when filing their paperwork at the beginning of the school year. While I have no concrete evidence to back this up, my belief is that this form would be much less effective if the name of your school has the words “home school or “homeschool” in it. The prejudice that causes our students to be asked to get a GED in addition to the entrance exams and transcripts that their public school peers are accepted with, would probably be showered upon you if you used those words in your school name. It would be like waving a red flag that says, “Hey, treat me differently than any other student admitted to your program.” Our school name is Truth and Light Christian Academy. We know families who have used geographic landmarks near their home to come up with a school name, i.e., Plum Creek Academy, Wolfe Creek Christian School.
Also, under the School Identification section, the school code is not editable. Public schools may be issued identification codes by the state, but religious, or otherwise private, schools are listed only as private.
We elected to use n/a (not applicable) in the Class Rank and Class Size sections. Since in most cases, your student is the only student in their class, these numbers would not have a significant meaning and again, could prejudice a school against your student, simply because they could be identified as a homeschooler. There are several free online GPA calculators that can be helpful in your tabulations for this transcript.
We are proud and blessed to have homeschooled our daughters through high school. They worked hard to complete their course of study, take entrance exams and be accepted to the schools of their choice. Our creation of this transcript form was in no way intended to deceive anyone, but rather to have our daughters’ abilities measured by the same standards as non-homeschooled students. We also have very strong feelings about the stigma of having “GED” permanently stamped on their employment records, since that so often implies a “drop-out”. Not only do we not regret not expressing that Truth and Light Christian Academy is a homeschool, we actually feel that we have unequivocally shown that it is irrelevant. Measured by the same standards as other first-time college students, our oldest daughter completed her first quarter of college, and several others throughout her school career, with a GPA high enough to earn a spot on the Dean’s List. She then went on to complete her degree. The fact that she was homeschooled, has a diploma endorsed by her teachers/parents and did not take the GED had no bearing on her ability to meet high academic standards. The same was true of our second daughter. While she has elected to take a position with a national insurance corporation, rather than complete her degree, she took her ACT’s and was admitted to college based on the same standards as all other American students entering a degree program.
You will be able to type your information into this form and print it for your personal use. It cannot be filled in and then saved.
We certainly can’t guarantee your student will be accepted to college using this form, but we wanted to share our experience, if it can be of use. Both our daughters, our son-in-law and various other friends of our family have used this form with 100% success. If you have questions about completing the form, be sure to let me know. Having a blessing-filled day!