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Grades, Transcripts and the High School Student

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Thinking about all the responsibilities of teaching your teen can be quite daunting. As your child approaches the teen years and you think ahead to homeschooling high school, worry and fear might set in.
The added responsibility that was not there when you homeschooled your elementary school children is now looming above. So much more to do, keep track of, and do right so you don't "mess them up".
Well, I'm here to tell you, that it can be done and when you learn how and what needs to be done it takes the fear out of it all. It's no longer an unknown.
I hope to give you a peek into what you will need to know as you homeschool your teen and help you discover that you can confidently homeschool your teen!

Let's get started!

Grades, Transcripts and the High School Student

Before you can create a high school transcript, you will need to have your students’ grades for each class. So, let’s start with grades.

According to an article in Camp Champion 

Grades are often touted as the single most important factor when determining college admissions, job applications, and future success.

Grading your students work

There are countless ways for you to calculate your child's final grade for each course. The type of course and how your teen completes the course will help you know how to grade that course.

What was involved in taking the course: a textbook, tests, homework, written papers, discussion, active learning such as dance, learning how to play an instrument, sports, travel etc.?

Because there are many grading options, I will not cover all of them here, but I do go into great detail about many different ways to grade in my  Confidently Homeschool Teens Course. One workshop is completely dedicated to helping you discover how you can Grade for Success!

Here is one example when grading a textbook math course.

 Tests- 50%, Quizzes-25%, Homework-25%

This grading method is the simplest of all and straight forward.

But how you grade each test, quiz and homework assignment to come up with the final grade makes all the difference in the world in helping your teen succeed.

In places where they struggle, when they get an answer or section wrong, take the time to go back and show them again how to find the right answer, maybe teach it in a different way. Have them do it again, then grade the assignment.

The goal of correcting and grading is to find out where they struggle and HELP THEM LEARN how to do it properly.

Once you have calculated the final grade for each course you will want to add that grade and credit to your teen's transcript.

 At the beginning of this article, I quoted Camp Champion. They stated that grades are the most important for college admissions. This is true, but this is done through the student's high school transcript. Thus making the high school transcript the most important part of a college application.

Creating a Transcript

A high school transcript is a record of a student’s academic accomplishments in high school.

It lists all the class taken, when they were taken, the grades and credits received in each class. Transcripts can also include additional information such as standardized test scores and any honors received.

All students enrolled in high school should have a high school transcript and it should be regularly updated as courses are completed.

The best time to start creating a transcript is when your student starts their 9th grade year of high school. As you create the transcript, year by year, you will add your student's final grade and proper amount of credit for each course as it is completed.

I used Fast Transcripts to create my children's transcripts. It is simple to use, professional looking, and accepted by both private and public universities. 

    Each state will require the public schooled students to complete a specific number of credits to receive a diploma. You may find your state requirements here. Remember though, if you are in a state that allows you to make your own homeschooling decisions, it is up to you to decide graduation requirements and credits needed to graduate.

    Grades are so much more than a letter on a page. Use the grading process as an opportunity for you to see where your teen struggles and help them grow. Use it as a tool to encourage them to improve, excel, and achieve great things!


    I'd love to help you acquire the tools and confidence to homeschool your teen. I learn best when I am shown, when someone takes the time to talk me through a process and encourage me along the way. If that is how you enjoy learning, I'd be happy to be that person for you. 

    Find out more about Confidently Homeschooling Teens  Masterclass Series. I invite you to join me. Grading for Success and Transcripts Made Easy are just two of the workshops included.

    Make sure you grab my freebie, Must Do Teen Checklist 

    Join us over on Facebook at Homeschooling Teens Successfully and follow my Homeschooling High School Pinterest board

    Enjoying the journey,


      Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 32 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams

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