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Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

February 12, 2016

public school classes on your homeschool transcript

Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it’s best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child’s education is in your single transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript:

1. Choose an acronym

Create an acronym for each college or high school where your child took classes. Like this:
HHS = Highline High School

2. Place the acronym before the class title on the transcript

Where you normally type the class title, type in the acronym first, and then include the exact class title provided by the high school. Like this:
HHS: Choir

3. Define the acronym in a key or legend

At the bottom of your transcript, explain what the acronym means. Like this:
HHS indicates classes taken at Highline High School

4. Insert the public school grade

No matter what the grade is, include it on the transcript. You can change it from a number grade to a letter grade, or from a letter grade to a number grade, but you can’t actually change the grade. No, not even if it is a bad grade.

5. Collect course descriptions

The public school probably has course descriptions available online or they were provided on the first day of class as a “syllabus.” Be sure to collect these course descriptions so you can include them in your comprehensive homeschool records.

6. Explain difficulties or changes

If your child took public school classes or withdrew from public school, it’s often best to explain what happened in a cover letter. A cover letter is helpful when sending a college your child’s transcript or comprehensive homeschool records. Often it consists of a very simple statement of “enclosed is my child’s transcript.” When your child has taken some high school classes or spent a couple of years in high school, this is your opportunity to briefly explain what happened. Keep it to one page or less. Don’t mention anything that happened before high school. Don’t talk about yourself or your family, only your student. Be positive about what happened.

7. Send all transcripts to the college for admission

When your child is applying for college, they will need all transcripts from all schools sent directly to the college. Your homeschool transcript provides the summary of every educational experience. Your acronym use will clearly show what schools will also be sending transcripts. They can use your transcript as a checklist, to make sure they have received information from the other schools. Public and private high schools must send their official transcripts directly to the college, not through you.

Don’t attach a public school transcript to your homeschool transcript. Simply include the information in your homeschool transcript. Public schools will send transcripts directly to the college where your child is applying.

Does your child have a mix of public school and homeschool classes? Please share!



  1. Connie Clum says:

    Does this also apply to dual credit college classes the same way? The college course and grade would go on the transcript? And the college course description would go in the comprehensive record?

    February 16th, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  2. Assistant to The HomeScholar says:

    Dear Connie,
    Good question! It’s very similar to including dual credit on your transcript. You can read more about that here: Two for the Price of One: Putting Dual Credit on Your Homeschool Transcript
    Assistant to The HomeScholar

    February 17th, 2016 at 9:02 pm

  3. Shauna says:

    Due to an unexpected and challenging situation, my daughter will begin math at the local high school for third trimester this year, her sophomore year – not ideal, but it is what it is. When everything else we have done is by semester, any suggestion how to incorporate what will be a one trimester grade on her homeschool transcript? Thank you!

    March 8th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

  4. Assistant to The HomeScholar says:

    Dear Shauna,

    Normally, I would suggest an article or blog post. For example, the blog post Acronyms for Outside Classes will tell you how to include classes from the local high school on your transcripts, but as far as figuring out how to show trimesters, I recommend you talk to Lee. Consider The HomeScholar Gold Care Club, which is full of templates and tools, but also weekly consultations, which will allow you to ask Lee any questions that are unique for your homeschool situation.
    Assistant to The HomeScholar

    March 8th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

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