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 be the most 'head-in-the-sand' member you have. (I hope nobody is worse than me anyway.)
Home in the early hours of the next morning, we had five hours sleep and then jumped on the train to the visit another school in Boston for a very full day of workshops, talks and tours.
We unexpectedly LOVED it. And had an impromptu private meeting with the Dean of Admissions for almost an hour. I felt confident talking with him, knowing that I had a transcript at hand. Also since he had emphasized that personally getting to know a student and their family made a big difference when deciding financial aid, this was huge.
He started out saying that as I wasn't an accredited school my daughter would have to take the GED exam for them to consider her application. However, after showing him the transcript and talking about how we get approved every year, along with the fact that homeschooling friends who'd got into Dartmouth, Duke and Boston University had never taken the GED, he relented and asked that we just include all our annual approval letters from the school district. All in all we had a very positive visit with him.
I am so excited to have taken these steps towards seeing my daughter succeed! And without a doubt listening to your talks and getting the specific encouragement I needed made all the difference. Thanks!
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants them for a good drivers discount. Our transcript has every class from 9th grade forward. Classes he is taking right now are marked IP (in progress). In the past, I have also written TBD (to be determined) for grades that I do not have yet. The current GPA is on it. This should give colleges a good idea of the kinds of classes he has taken as well as the trend of his grades. I just remembered that I should put his SAT score on it. Not sure how to do this though.
Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog.
I do have a question though. I thought a transcript was something that was done at the end of the year. How could Michelle have taken a transcript with her in December to visit colleges? Was it last year's transcript? Was it a transcript in progress? It couldn't have had any final grades, so would it have had the grade the student had earned to that point?
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