If you ask a typical homeschool parent what was the scariest thing about homeschooling high school, I bet you’d find transcripts somewhere near the top of their list. I want to remove your fear of transcripts! Cue the “Mission Impossible” theme music now!
First, you need to know that grades and credits are the love languages of colleges. Colleges need to understand your child’s homeschool experience, and they need words and numbers. Your job as a homeschool parent is to take your normal and natural homeschool experience and translate it into words and numbers colleges understand. Don’t change the way you homeschool as long as it’s working. Instead, translate what you’re already doing into the language of college grades and credits, so they will understand and appreciate what you’ve done.
Second, recognize that all schools calculate grades and credits differently. This can help you feel more freedom, and less stress. If you believe there’s only one universal method used by all schools to define what makes an academic credit, here’s a little-known secret: even the experts don’t agree! In reality, there aren’t any hard and fast rules! Throughout my fairly exhaustive research into this topic, I found few things that all of the experts and books agreed upon when determining credit.