There are several ways to produce homeschool transcripts for your student, including availability from various organizations and online planner services, but creating your own isn’t as scary as it sounds.
A transcript really only needs the following information
- a list of the high school courses that your child has taken,
- the grade earned for each course
- the credits earned for each course
- GPA’s: one for each year and a final, overall GPA
- a graduation date/ projected graduation date (for seniors who haven’t yet finished)
- Student and school information (student name, birthdate, and/or social security number; school name & address)
- your signature
Any additional information is optional (unnecessary) so there’s no need to clutter up a spreadsheet with extra-curricular accomplishments or awards. And their SAT/ACT scores are entered on the actual college application, so there’s no need to include them on the transcript. This is just the academic record. You want it to be as clean and uncluttered as possible. A quick search will pull up hundreds, even thousands of examples to follow.
Check out this incredibly informative post over and Annie and Everything , where she lays it all out for you.
You can download this free transcript template  here!
There are several different ways students may acquire credits. Your state’s requirements  will guide you through determining how many credits your student needs in each subject., but oftentimes homeschool moms have questions about what constitutes one high school credit.
- The completion of a high school level textbook
- Completing a semester-long course at a college
- Taking a high school or college level online course
- Completing a year-long unit study  (or 2-semester long unit studies)
- Participate in homeschool sports teams
- Take private lessons and participate in competitions (Martial Arts, Dance, Swim, Theater, etc.)
General high school credit guidelines are that a 1-year course = one credit; and a semester course = one half credit
What if the course type isn’t so clearly defined? Chess and swim teams don’t exactly measure accomplishments this way, right? In that case, as a general rule, you can calculate credits this way: 120-180 hours of work = one credit. 60-90 hours = one-half credit
In general, students in a well-planned homeschool won’t be missing credits because the homeschool sets the requirements. As home educators, we are aware of the workload facing our students in their college years and we work diligently to prepare them for success. That said, it’s wise to contact colleges your student is considering attending and ask them what requirements they look for students to complete. Don’t be surprised if they expect all state requirements  to be met.
The Perfect Transcript
Don’t be afraid to take the time to make a great first impression, but don’t fear the transcript process! You can do this! Ask veteran homeschool parents who have graduated a homeschool student to share a sample with you.
And when you’re all done, congratulate your student on a job well done. Don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back a little either.