Did you miss our transcript workshop last week? We had SO MANY great questions that the event lasted over 2 hours! When your high school transcript has a lot of college credit, it changes things a bit. Below are a few questions that came up.
We had our first Homeschooling for College Credit Transcript Workshop last week on Zoom and it was fantastic!! If you missed it, you still have 2 more chances to sign up this summer. The next event is on July 2nd at 2pm EST.
Homeschooling for College Credit workshops are free educational events for our community.
Space is limited, registration is required, and everyone is invited!
Question: If my teen takes a dual enrollment college class, how many high school credits is that?
Answer: As long as the credit is “actual” college credit taken through a college, the general rule of thumb is 3:1. That translates as a college class worth 3 college credits yields 1 high school credit. There are some nuances, like when you have a class worth a little more or a little less. That involves some extra consideration.
Question: If my teen studies Psychology and we want to try the AP test, what should I write on the transcript?
Answer: Unless you’ve gotten your AP curriculum approved (which you CAN do) you’ll want to leave off the brand name “AP” or “Advanced Placement” from the transcript. Separately from whether or not your teen takes the AP exam (or any exam), you’re documenting their work from the class, not the exam. You can call the course “Psychology” or a slight variation like “Introductory Psychology” or “General Psychology” but leave off “AP.” Many parents choose to add the word “Honors” to the course to designate it as a little “extra” in terms of scope and sequence- that’s up to you. One final comment- your teen earned their high school credit and grade, so no matter what happens with their AP exam, it won’t matter for the transcript.
Question: Should I record our daughter’s SAT scores on the transcript?
Answer: The right answer is “no” but you will see public schools do this sometimes. But, they’re not supposed to share that information, and for that reason, you really shouldn’t either. Technically (legally) it is a violation of FERPA to list ANY exam score on a high school transcript. Even if you decide to list it, it’s a moot point because any request for the score will require you to obtain an official score report. All official test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, DSST, et. al) come from the exam provider – not the parent. If a college application asks for exam scores as part of an admissions application, they are asking for official score reports.
Question: If my teen fails a class, do I have to disclose that on their high school transcript?
Answer: This is a tricky question because the answer is simple… but not easy. Technically, you don’t have to record any credit on your teen’s high school transcript that they didn’t earn. As the school administrator, it’s your call whether or not you recognize the credit – plain and simple. Since not all college credit is equal, it is my opinion that you should manage the credit process and do damage control along the way. Instead of letting your teen fail a course, I advise that your teen withdrawal whenever possible. Mitigating risk is part of managing your Homeschooling for College Credit program. Attempting college credit is in the deep end of the pool, so if they can’t swim, you need to give them a life jacket or pull them back to shore.