Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7 Easy Steps to Writing a High School Transcript- Review

You have little ones still nursing and toddlers hanging on your legs all day.  You might have a middle schooler busy with sports or a high schooler just learning to drive.  No matter where you are in your homeschoolling journey, trust me, the end of the road is just around the corner.

And college may be calling the name of many of your kids.  Love this quote about colleges from the book-

It pays to know where you are applying and what they will want. (p.18)

But first things first- the high school transcript.

Let me pass you a bag so you can breathe in and out and regain composure.  Take a minute- I will wait.  Because I have been there once already and headed back down that path again now.  And then two more times are still waiting.

Let me assure you right now- YOU CAN DO THIS!  Building a high school transcript is not that hard.  Especially when you have resources like 7 Easy Steps to writing a High School Transcript at your fingertips!  We fumbled our way through the first one and for that reason, were so excited to be offered a chance to read the new ebook written by Jenni Stahlmann and Jody Hagarman.  With 9 kids between them, these two friends have made your work a whole lot easier in this easy to read,  43 page ebook.  Let me tell you how it is setup!

  • Know Your Requirements- Most states require approximately 18-26 credits for graduation, but you need to know the specific requirements of the state you reside in.   Jenni and Jody do a super job walking through what the bascic credits should look like and direct you to resources for state specifics, along with some wise words about foreign language requirements.  A handy worksheet area is also presented for you to use.

  • What is a Credit- In this chapter questions like How many high school credits equal a college credit and how many days and hours are required are answered.

  • Calculating GPA- It should be easy, but it is not always.  Follow the examples and you are on your way!

  • Basic Transcript Layout- By dividing your transcript into three sections, Jenni and Jody show you exactly what a solid transcript can look like.

  • Course Description- The pros of good solid class descriptions and what they look like.

  • Rubrics- If you do not know what a rubric is- here is the best description I have seen and WHY they are so important for your children to understand.

  • The High School Portfolio- Not all colleges require or even desire a student portfolio, but the authors give a quick overview of what one should look like if you desire to include one.

That's it.  Really.  In 7 pretty simple chapters, Jenni and Jody walk you through the writing of a transcript.  Can it be that easy?  Yes!  I know we moms want to do our best to help our children compete with other highschoolers and get into the college of their choice.  I get it.  But I would also caution you to not make a mountain out of a molehill.  Do your college research, read this book, create a solid transcript, and rest easy that the rest is in the hands of God.

7 Easy Steps to Writing a High School Transcript can be purchased for $9.95.

Authors Jenni and Jody blog weekly at and speak across the country.  They also host a weekly radio show in Florida called Parenting on Purpose.

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