Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions
We all want to be ahead of the game, especially when making homeschool transcripts.  Knowing the difference between transcripts and course descriptions can help you get started with this important paperwork.“Honey, There’s a Crazed Mob of Scholarship Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!” Get the Comprehensive Record Solution!  
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Guest — Ann
Yes! this very simple tip to keep a list of materials used (as well as a list of what your child did or a binder to collect everyt... Read More
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Community College Language on the High School Transcript

Community College Language on the High School Transcript
 Making a transcript isn't so hard....  Well....  Until it gets complicated, LOL!  Renee asked a question about how to put foreign language on the high school transcript when classes were taken at a community colleges.Lee,I am watching your DVD's for high school.  Question about college classes.My son took Elementary German 1 @ a college first semesterNow, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2So - in high school credits - would those classes each receive a credit,...
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Guest — Lee
It seems like each high school across the country does it their own way. Sometimes a school district will have a policy - but the ... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 19:20
Guest — Cassie Fishbein
Hi Lee, I wanted to just add a suggestion that parents consult how credits from college are counted by public high schools in thei... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:56
Guest — Renee
Unless of course you live in AL where the Dual Enrollment agreement with the cover schools (and public/private schools) states tha... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:45
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Comprehensive Record Solution Review by Molly Evert of My Audio School

Comprehensive Record Solution Review by Molly Evert of My Audio School
 Comprehensive Record SolutionReview by Molly Evert of My Audio SchoolI recently completed the records for my homeschooled son’s freshman year in high school.  I was nervous about writing his transcript and unsure about how to best showcase my child’s unique strengths, but Lee Binz demystified the process for me with her Comprehensive Record Solution.  In hindsight I needn’t have worried so much about the transcript, as it didn’t take me long to put it together once I had a good...
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Disappointed by College Rejection

Disappointed by College Rejection
 Applying to college doesn't mean you'll get in. And frankly, rejection HURTS. This letter is from Michelle, who shares her hurting heart and looks for words of encouragement and suggestions.Hi Lee,I guess I am writing you to just vent. My daughter applied to BYU-Idaho last month and she just received an email telling her that her homeschool transcript was not valid.Here is the exact message: "Thank you for your interest in attending a CES school. We...
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Guest — Janice Gay
If your daughters ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores are similar to national average or better, then I certainly would "push back" for an i... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
Michelle, I was very surprised by that as well! I've seen it before though. Here's the take-away: if a college has different br... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:13
Guest — Michelle
Why does BYU-I always have to have different rules from the other BYU schools?? Like not allowing skinny jeansSounds like your da... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:57
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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun?When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor.If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high school credits....
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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Guest — Tina
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 17:29
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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes

Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes
When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help.For credit value Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working 15-30...
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Guest — Robin E.
This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing an... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 07:32
Guest — Lee
I have a class on grading here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php A... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:02
Guest — Cherie
So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:57
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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne.Hello, Lee-I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail grade for....
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Honors Science

Honors Science
What is honors?  When do you put honors on a title?  Is Apologia Science an honors curriculum?Is Apologia Science courses, plus labs considered honors on a high school transcript. (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) - SallyDear Sally,If the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course, then you can call it honors.If your child passes a honors level test after taking taking the course, then you might call it honors. (AP or CLEP exam...
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Guest — J W
How about calling it "honors" if the course is better than what I had in high school? But then again, with my alma mater, that's ... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 21:39
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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?Hey, Lee-I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when...
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Guest — Ann
hi Leanne-- If I were applying as an undergraduate, I would be very interested in Grove City! That said, I wanted to mention tha... Read More
Saturday, 05 November 2011 13:20
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A Mom's Perspective

A Mom's Perspective
We've all experienced change at one time in our life or another. Allison wrote to tell us how The HomeScholar helped her prepare for that change even before she knew she would need it!I've been following your column / blog / Facebook / emails for several months now, assuming I was preparing myself for homeschooling high school in 2 years - little did I know, my son would decide to come home from public school 3...
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AWANA

AWANA
Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Elise, I usually count boy scouting as a PE credit, and it can also be listed as an activity. These blog posts may clarify;... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:35
Guest — Elise Knight
Great advice as usual, Lee! One question, though. I thought you had said somewhere (who knows if I just dreamed this?! : )) to o... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2011 18:49
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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...
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Too Many Credits

Too Many Credits
For the problem of “too many credits” you can handle it a few different ways. You can keep only the most recent credits. You can lower the credit value of all classes. You can eliminate classes that could also be considered an “activity” instead (so ballet would be an activity and not a PE credit.) You can pick and choose some classes to drop off the transcript if you have more than the usual requirements. (Drop...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Robin and June, Most high schools say that 22-24 credits is "College Prep." However, some very competitive high schools may... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:40
Guest — Robin E.
What is too many credits, and in what sort of situation would this be a draw back. If I recall correctly from your book The Easy T... Read More
Sunday, 23 October 2011 07:18
Guest — June
I wondered about this before, too. So what would you consider to be "too many"?
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:35
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Transcripts in Process

Transcripts in Process
Have you ever changed your mind?  What happens when you change your mind about a transcript?  Nothing bad, actually!If you change your mind about grades, you can change your transcript.  You are the teacher and principal and administrator, right?  And sometimes we get more information that can change how we assess a grade. You can consider your classes and transcript "in process" until the point you submit it to colleges.  Once you have submitted it to...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Kristine! Go, team, go! You can do it! Write it as a rough draft first. You can edit the class titles, grades, credits, etc... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:18
Guest — Kristine
Perfect encouragement, as I'm facing this right now. Although my daughter is in 11th grade, I just have scraps of paper with cours... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:55
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