Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping

Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping


Use the "Binder Queen Method" of record keeping.

My favorite method of record keeping is not a product you buy, it's reasonably price and easy to assemble.  I recommend a simple 3 ring binder, divider tabs, and lined notebook paper. Super-smart moms might want "college ruled" paper, but that is completely optional!

I have seen far to many moms buy the latest and greatest record keeping, and then not use it. It doesn't matter what you BUY, you know! Yup, you actually have to use something in order to be successful with record keeping.

But here is the cheap and easy way to keep records.

Set up


Buy a three-ring notebook.

Insert dividers.


Make 1 divider for each class you intend to teach this year.
Make 1 divider for things required by your state law.
Make a divider for test results and your reading list.
Insert 1 lined notebook paper behind each divider.

Suggestions for dividers: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Fine Art, Electives, Test Results, Reading List, State Requirements

Maintenance


Every time you give a test or quiz, write the test number and score on the paper.
For classes without tests, write a list of books read, field trips, or experiences
Every time you create papers of some kind, write the kind of paper, or essay name, on the paper.
Insert all tests, quizzes and papers into the divider section behind your note paper summary
Keep a copy of textbook cover and table of contents

Use


The divider tabs will tell you what to put on your transcript
The contents behind each binder tab will be the details you include on your course descriptions
If you didn't start or complete a class you intended to teach, throw out that section like it never happened.
As long as you keep records and create a transcript, course description, and reading list, you are a success!  

What cheap and easy way do you keep records?

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Comments 4

Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:55

Beth, this is how I bundled them: we laid the one piece transcript on top of the spiral-bound comprehensive record. On top of that I had a cover letter explaining what it contained and the student that it was meant for. I put that into a large manila envelope to mail. But each college may ask for it in a different way. Some will want these records submitted digitally.
Blessings,
Lee

Beth, this is how I bundled them: we laid the one piece transcript on top of the spiral-bound comprehensive record. On top of that I had a cover letter explaining what it contained and the student that it was meant for. I put that into a large manila envelope to mail. But each college may ask for it in a different way. Some will want these records submitted digitally. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Beth Orth on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:13

Hi Lee,
I have one more question! I have been reading your kindle books--Setting the Records Straight and Comprehensive Homeschool Records--and maybe you mentioned this and I just missed it.....but how did you bundle your records together when you sent them to colleges? What did you put them in? I am having trouble visualizing this.
Thanks and God bless,
Beth

Hi Lee, I have one more question! I have been reading your kindle books--Setting the Records Straight and Comprehensive Homeschool Records--and maybe you mentioned this and I just missed it.....but how did you bundle your records together when you sent them to colleges? What did you put them in? I am having trouble visualizing this. Thanks and God bless, Beth
Guest - Beth Orth on Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:18

Lee
I really appreciate your tips. I am wondering if you can tell me, when we send colleges the first transcript (in progress during 12th grade), do they want to see the 12th-grade courses listed on the transcript, or just the completed ones?
Thank you so much!
Beth

Lee I really appreciate your tips. I am wondering if you can tell me, when we send colleges the first transcript (in progress during 12th grade), do they want to see the 12th-grade courses listed on the transcript, or just the completed ones? Thank you so much! Beth
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:57

Dear Beth,
Lee says that all colleges are different, but all will expect to see senior year grades. She talks about how to list them on transcripts in a few articles. You might find this one helpful: Sending Transcripts for Senior Year Applications
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Dear Beth, Lee says that all colleges are different, but all will expect to see senior year grades. She talks about how to list them on transcripts in a few articles. You might find this one helpful: Sending Transcripts for Senior Year Applications Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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