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Transcript Maker: How to Use It

May 21, 2023 Adrienne Brown 0 Comments

Transcript maker and how to use it! Do you need to document grades for your teens who are about to enter high school? Well, this post is going to help you understand how easy it is.

Creating a beautiful transcript for your high school student is something that you can do, and it is extremely easy using an online program like Transcript Maker

Transcript Maker

Transcript Maker and a few other things.

In this post, 7 Essential Homeschool Resources I told you about some tools that will make you a successful homeschooling parent.

Similarly, this tool Transcript Maker is extremely important too. Specifically, by documenting their grades you can get your college-bound teen into the school of their dreams. But before you can use it you will need to gather the following things:

  1. Transcript Maker subscription
  2. Homeschool course names and grades
  3. Dual enrollment grades
  4. Record of extracurricular activities
  5. PSAT (9th) grade, SAT & ACT Scores
  6. Anticipated Graduation date

Transcript maker subscription

Subscribing to the online program gains you access to the site’s software for the allotted time that you choose. I like this because I only pay for the time, I need it. Click here to try it for free

So, I usually purchase 3 months at a time when I need to create a transcript. Although there are other software on the market, I chose this one for its ease of use.

Another reason I love Transcript Maker is that it stores my documents over the years. This means that I can print it out or update any of my transcripts when needed.

Homeschool course names and grades

Be sure to gather up all the names of the courses your child has taken over the 4 years of high school. To include courses taken through video, Coops, online, or shared family courses. Just add the name and the grade value. Don’t forget the apprenticeship opportunities your child has completed. For example, Photography, filmmaking, carpentry, Construction, gardening, and any other hands-on activities completed.

Transcript Maker allows you to start tracking 9th-grade coursework.  That is when you must officially start logging your teen’s grades for college. 

We have graduated 5 of our teens, and each was required to submit a 4-year transcript to the prospective college. So, gather every homeschool course completed.

So, get all their grades for each class that they have completed from 9th grade up to 12th.


Transcript Maker calculates Dual enrollment, AP, and Honors classes grades

Likewise, gather information for all classes and grades for any college courses taken while the teen was still in high school. This includes Ap classes and Honors classes.

Extracurricular activities

As a homeschooling family, our children have been involved in so many extra-curricular activities that were specific to a skill that each child wanted to learn.

 Like taking Cinematic Arts classes, making movies, and music videos, and conducting interviews with community leaders.

One of my sons worked with Montpelier historians conducting excavations of the enslaved people that lived and died there. This was a historical endeavor and earned him 1 credit from George Mason University.

And another of my sons worked as an intern at a veterinarian hospital, earning himself high school credits in life science.

So, please gather all of your teen’s extracurricular activities, including their volunteer work.    

Test Scores

This part is cumulative and started in 10th grade for us. If your teens have goals to attend college, then it is a good thing to have them take the scholastic test that tier-one colleges expect.

So, you have got to schedule them for the PSAT in 10th grade, which is free in some districts and doesn’t count against their merit.  But it will give them a bird’s eye view of what to expect next time they take the test.

Even if you don’t think your child wants to go to college, it is a good idea to have them take these tests. Because after homeschooling for 26 years, I do know that children will change their minds.

Therefore, teens take these tests until he or she gets the best score needed for the college of their choice. Even better, have them take both the SAT and the ACT test.

Graduation Date

Closure is something you will need to think about for your child’s education. Think about it, how will you commemorate their academic accomplishments?

 Each time one of our children finished their homeschooled high school studies, we insisted upon graduation.

 More so, for my husband and my mental assurance that we had indeed completed the job. So, although our teens finished the task, we still needed closure.

Walking across the stage and the completed transcript are so important

Consequently, we signed them up to graduate with the HEAV, The Home Educators Association of Virginia organization. Which holds a massive annual graduation for homeschooled students.

Although they are based in Virginia, people attend from all over the U. S. of A. I must tell you it is a very emotional experience to realize how far you have come as a homeschooling family, once you hand that diploma off to your child, on stage in front of thousands of people.

It is extremely satisfying. But this is a date that you will need to declare on their transcript. No matter how you decide to commemorate their graduation.

Now I hope that I have given you enough information to ease your fear about homeschooling your teens through high school.

Above all, I truly want to help you see how easy it is to keep track of all the hard work completed during your child’s high school years.

I wish you the best, and if I can help you any further, feel free to contact me through email, or social media or you can book a free 30-minute consultation call with me.  

Happy future homeschooling

Adrienne Brown

The Homeschoolmomof8

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