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What is Your High School Graduation Rate?

What is Your High School Graduation Rate?
Great news!  In The Great State of Washington, 24 kids out of 100 don't graduate high school!  Oh, wait... that's not good news!  When you really think of it, a 24% drop out rate is amazingly high! What is YOUR graduation rate?  What is the rate for your local high school?  What is the rate for your own homeschool? I know a LOT of homeschoolers, representing a huge variety of kids and educational styles, and I...
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Important Dates for 2013

Important Dates for 2013
The New Year is here, and it’s time to mark up your new 2013 calendar! Include any upcoming exams or college preparations you need to make for your high school student.  Don’t miss these deadlines, because many of them are inflexible!  Check the links below for further information about each test. Deadline                                    Test or Activity January                                     Find a college fair to attend in your area January 11 th                               Register for ACT test on Feb 9...
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Acronyms for Outside Classes

Acronyms for Outside Classes
When homeschoolers take classes outside the home, the transcript can seem a little complicated.  You can make it easily understandable by simply using acronyms for outside classes. Acronyms for Outside Classes Choose an acronym for each location where your child took classes. Here are some examples: DHS = Denver High School HCC = Highline Community College FHC = Family Homeschool Cooperative Once you have chosen an acronym, use it on your child's homeschool transcript.  This will help colleges...
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Shelley Mallory
My son has taken a couple of classes from a local high school, a few from a homeschool coop and the rest at home. All 3 had differ... Read More
Monday, 02 April 2018 22:18
Lee Binz
Shelley, That's a good question for Lee when you send your records in for review. Typically, you would include a key for your grad... Read More
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 19:34
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Amazing Records! A Model for Others!
Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers! Dear Lee, We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said, "Your documents for your son when...
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What Goes on the Homeschool Transcript?

What Goes on the Homeschool Transcript?
By the time you’re finishing your student’s high school transcript during their senior year, you may start wondering how you can possibly fit any more information on that one little page!  But make sure you’ve got all the important stuff there! A parent recently asked me whether she should put her child’s SAT scores and her grading scale on their transcript, and my answer, in general, is yes!  Including this information on the transcript can imply that...
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Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!

Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!
I was chatting with my Friends on Facebook , kind of complaining about a lack of summer in Seattle actually, and Anna commented about how my book, Setting the Records Straight , "saved her bacon" LOL!  It was so sweet, but then she sent a follow -up message. Anna wrote: "I would be remiss if I didn't give credit where credit is due. The hardest part was starting the transcript. I stared at my header for...
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Transcripts or Course Descriptions?

Transcripts or Course Descriptions?
    Although most homeschool students utilize transcripts for college admissions, many students are also now submitting a homeschool portfolio when they apply to colleges.  What’s the difference, and why should you use a portfolio?  In general, a transcript is a one-page piece of paper that gives a college the opportunity to get a snapshot of your student, and decide whether they get a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on admissions.  A portfolio, also known as a...
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Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!

Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!
  While there are lots of resources for homeschooling high school on The HomeScholar website, one of the most popular is our Total Transcript Solution (TTS).  What many people don’t realize is that this program can be used over time, and for more than one student!  If you have a lot of children, TTS is a really good value, because you can use it for an unlimited number of students for as long as you want....
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Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People

Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People
  I asked Bari "How do you like it?" after he purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, and he said "We are theater/music people and many things seem to not apply or go over my head a bit. Overall - I am pleased with the material."  So.... how do you make a transcript and course description when you are a dealing with a lot of fine arts? When you are music and theater people, it can help...
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Crazy Lifestyle of Learning

Crazy Lifestyle of Learning
  Lots of homeschoolers have a "Crazy Lifestyle of Learning".  I'm a huge fan of Delight Directed Learning , and I love helping my members turn that into words and numbers that colleges understand - and putting those on a Homeschool Transcript . Here is one example! "My son spends his remaining school day working on film projects. He had already won two contests. I took him to the San Antonio Christian film festival academy a...
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Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?

Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?
I can't really do a lot of "consulting" on Facebook, but sometimes I can help in a moment of panic, and provide a quick tip!   Jeannine wrote on my Facebook wall "HELP!!!!! What do you consider an honors course to be? I am putting together David's transcript and am not sure if I should leave that category on the grade criteria. Also Lee, what about listing his time in Boy Scouts and his making Eagle?...
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Hand Holding Calms Nerves

Hand Holding Calms Nerves
As a nurse working in a hospital,  I learned that the warm touch of hand-holding can improve heath and healing.  I think it's true for homeschoolers as well! I loved what Anita wrote in this note about hand-holding! Dear Lee, I want to thank you so very much for all the hand holding for my first graduate.  It was so nice to be able to email you with questions that I had regarding my daughters transcripts...
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How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?

How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?
I often get asked about how to get a homeschool diploma. That is an easy question to answer. What is more difficult is the education behind that piece of paper. That is what colleges are most interested in.   As you wrap up your homeschooling years let me help you finish strong.
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Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!

Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!
  Recently, my book,  Setting the Records Straight , received a fantastic review from Lisa at Home School Enrichment Magazine! "If you are a homeschooling parent who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought of seeing your high schooler through the process of applying for college admissions, then you must read Lee Binz’s book,  Setting the Records Straight .  Ms. Binz shares her experience and expertise on how to write transcripts that reflect your student’s academic...
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