Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Coming Up January 14th

UPDATE: SOLD OUT

Transcript Intensive Workshop

In this intensive workshop, Jennifer Cook-DeRosa will teach you how to build your homeschooling transcript like a pro – no experience necessary!

Each participant will receive a recording of the workshop and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback and recommendations. (you do not have to be present to get the recording and transcript feedback, but you do have to register)

This event costs $40 and space is limited.

EVERY section of this popular workshop sold out in 2021 – make your reservation now!

Homeschooling for College Credit

Topical Outline

  • What is a transcript? What is it not?
  • Homeschool record keeping
  • Sending transcripts to college
  • Where does a transcript come from?
  • What to put on the transcript, and what to leave off
  • Why unique transcripts make a poor impression
  • What goes in the header and footer
  • How to enter courses on any template
  • Weighted Honors GPA / College GPA / AP GPA
  • Unweighted GPA
  • How to use a GPA calculator
  • What counts as 1 high school credit? (5 methods to use)
  • What makes dual enrollment different?
  • Using blending homeschool & DE courses for credit
  • Converting dual enrollment into high school credit
  • When and how to round with good judgement
  • Recording dual enrollment on a homeschool transcript
  • Recording credit by exam (CLEP, DSST, AP, UExcel, TECEP, ACTFL)
  • Recording ACE credit (Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, Saylor, etc.)
  • Recording continuing education / adult education courses
  • Recording remedial courses
  • Writing course titles
  • Writing course descriptions
  • Case Studies (examine several real examples of homeschool and college curriculum and see how it is properly recorded on a high school transcript)

Friday January 14, 2022

3:00pm EST – 5:30pm EST

Q&A to follow


Homeschooling for College Credit
Posted in High School, Resources, Transcripts

Transcript Resource Page

It’s only the most important homeschool document you’ll ever create!  No pressure.

(Transcript Chapter) Chapter 7 of Homeschooling for College Credit (2nd edition).

Families who have a lot of college credit often worry about how to record credit earned through dual enrollment, CLEP, or ACE.  Our families also want to be sure they are assigning the proper letter grades, calculating their GPA accurately, and not missing any key essentials.

If you’re really starting from scratch, my advice is to read the full chapter, do a template on your computer (tutorial below if you don’t have one), and just dive in.  The other tools on this page will help you calculate GPA and fine tune your work, but getting something down on paper is really the first step.


FAQs

Livestream Transcript Workshops

Online livestream workshops are taught by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa several times per year. The focus is specifically helping HS4CC families accurately represent high school and college credit on their transcript.   Live Events

Template Build Demo (Recorded)

This 30-minute recorded template building demonstration is taught by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa and is open to anyone.  The workshop is free and on demand – complete on your schedule. Using Microsoft Word or Open Office, the focus of this class is to build a template that you can use to create your own homeschool transcript.  Build it Now!


Other Transcript Template Resources

  • The “How To Homeschool” website allows you to create a pdf document that can then be printed or saved on your computer.  The only downside is that your info isn’t saved. Transcript template
  • Home School Legal Defense Association has a wonderful section about transcripts on their website. Some of it is public, and some requires a membership, but you can also purchase a transcript template from their site.  HSLDA Transcript Resource Page
  • FastTranscript has a special HS4CC promotional code that is good for 25% off the monthly The Essentials Plan which regularly costs $7.95. Use HS4CC at checkout.

GPA Calculation Tools

The easiest GPA calculator is Back2College   SUPER easy to use, I’ve used it for at least 5 years.  Totally free, but it is really just a calculator.  They use a standard 4.0 grading scale, so if you’re planning to use a different weighted grade scale, this isn’t the best site.  Also, you can’t save anything – it’s just to help you do the math.

Alternative GPA calculator if you use weighted grades  GPA Calculator

Not sure if you should weight the GPA or not?  Explore the pros and cons here.


Need advice?  Email Jennifer directly if you have a quick question.  (use form below)

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Posted in High School, HS4CC, Transcripts

Size and Type of Font for our Transcript?

Mailing in a paper copy of your teen’s high school transcript? Unlikely. Today, almost all of you will have to send, upload, attach, or email the transcript digitally. Whether you do this through an application portal or to the college directly, the size and type of font you use are important.

Continue reading “Size and Type of Font for our Transcript?”
Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Coming Up: Transcript Intensive

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class. This course is for homeschooling parents who are their teen’s official school administrator of record and need to create a transcript.

No prior knowledge is necessary.

Hour 1: What makes a transcript with college credit different than a regular homeschool transcript? We’ll deep dive into general homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, and graduation documents. Important distinctions about college credit will be covered.

Hour 2: We’ll walk through the proper documentation and recording of remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type of credit your teen may earn!

We’ll wrap up with plenty of time for your questions and answers about titles, course descriptions, what constitutes a high school credit, and how to present your teen’s accomplishments like a pro.

Each participant will receive a copy of the recorded event, printable handout, and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback. This event costs $40 and space is limited.


Monday August 30, 2021

3:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST (Q&A to follow)


We have many Live Events each month covering many topics and subjects. Some events are free, others carry a fee, but all will help you Homeschool for College Credit!

See Live Events Schedule

Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Registration Open: Transcript Intensive

Last month’s event sold out, but this one is now open!

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class.

Hour 1: Homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, graduation documents, and more.

Hour 2: We’ll walk through recording remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type of credit you’ll encounter!

Bonus hour: In the bonus hour, we’ll dive into case studies of scenarios showing what happened in a homeschool and the best way to present it on a transcript. You’ll leave this workshop ready to write your teen’s transcript with confidence!

Each participant will receive and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback. This event costs $40 and space is limited.

Tuesday July 27, 2021

3:00pm Eastern Standard

Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Transcript Coupon Code

I’m happy to share that Fast Transcripts has given our community a coupon code! Simply enter code: HS4CC at checkout to receive 25% off their “Essentials” plan. Normally $7.95

Next Week: Transcript Intensive

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class. Hour 1: Homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, and graduation documents. Hour 2: We’ll walk through recording remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type […]

Transcript Resource Page

It’s only the most important homeschool document you’ll ever create!  No pressure. We have lots of free and paid resource recommendations below. One thing to be aware of, is that recording college credit on a high school transcript is a bit different than recording high school credit. Families who have a lot of college credit […]

Top FAQ from the Transcript Workshop

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.

Posted in High School, Resources, Transcripts

Transcript Resource Page

It’s only the most important homeschool document you’ll ever create!  No pressure.

We have lots of free and paid resource recommendations below. One thing to be aware of, is that recording college credit on a high school transcript is a bit different than recording high school credit.

Families who have a lot of college credit often worry about how to record credit earned through dual enrollment, CLEP, or ACE.  Our families also want to be sure they are assigning the proper letter grades, calculating their GPA accurately, and not missing any key essentials.

Step 1: The Basic FAQs

  • Length?  1 page
  • Titles?  Keep them simple.
  • Fonts and colors?  Resist the urge.
  • + and – grades?   Only if you like doing extra math.
  • To weigh or not to weigh?  When in doubt, do it both ways.
  • 1 college course taken at a college with a grade = 1 high school credit.
  • Brand names shouldn’t appear on a high school transcript.
  • Test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, etc.) shouldn’t appear on a transcript per FERPA privacy guidelines.
  • Remember that the transcript is only one part of the application!

Step 2: Get a Template

  • Use a “by calendar” or “by year” format instead of a “by subject” format. While some colleges may permit you to use a “by subject” format, others will ask you to rewrite it. On the other hand, no college will ever ask you to rewrite a “by calendar” into a “by subject” format.
  • The “How To Homeschool” website allows you to create a pdf document that can then be printed or saved on your computer.  The only downside is that your info isn’t saved. Transcript template
  • Home School Legal Defense Association has a wonderful section about transcripts on their website. Some of it is public, and some requires a membership, but you can also purchase a transcript template from their site.  HSLDA Transcript Resource Page
  • Want the BEST template? Build one yourself! The problem with buying or downloading templates (even free ones) is that their formatting doesn’t usually allow you to edit or make changes you need. In Jennifer’s workshop, we’ll go from blank paper to full template in 30 minutes. It’s open to anyone with or without computer skills. (free) Build it Now!

Step 3: Calculate GPA

  • The easiest GPA calculator is Back2College   SUPER easy to use, totally free, but it is really just a calculator.  It uses the standard 4.0 (unweighted) grading scale.
  • The easiest GPA calculator for weighted GPA  GPA Calculator
  • GPA calculator for your phone

Step 4: Attend a Live HS4CC Transcript Workshop

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2022 Schedule

This special 3-hour class is offered several times per year (see schedule above), and taught by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa. It’s the best way to get a deep and thorough understanding of building the best transcript for your homeschool teen – especially when it includes both high school and college credit. Classes last for 2- 1/2 to 3 hours and include a Q&A period. Each participant will receive a recording of the entire class, the slide deck/teaching packet, and an invitation to email their transcript for a private review. Space is always limited, classes always sell out. $40.

Course Outline

  • What is a transcript? What is it not?
  • Homeschool record keeping
  • Sending transcripts to college
  • Where does a transcript come from?
  • What to put on the transcript, and what to leave off
  • Why unique transcripts make a poor impression
  • What goes in the header and footer
  • How to enter courses on any template
  • Weighted Honors GPA / College GPA / AP GPA
  • Unweighted GPA
  • How to use a GPA calculator
  • What counts as 1 high school credit? (5 methods to use)
  • What makes dual enrollment different?
  • Using blending homeschool & DE courses for credit
  • Converting dual enrollment into high school credit
  • When and how to round with good judgement
  • Recording dual enrollment on a homeschool transcript
  • Recording credit by exam (CLEP, DSST, AP, UExcel, TECEP, ACTFL)
  • Recording ACE credit (Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, Saylor, etc.)
  • Recording continuing education / adult education courses
  • Recording remedial courses
  • Writing course titles
  • Writing course descriptions
  • Case Studies (examine several real examples of homeschool and college curriculum and see how it is properly recorded on a high school transcript)


Special Topics

Listing courses in progress / placeholders

Recording Sophia Courses on a Transcript

High school graduation requirements are not admissions requirements

Know the difference between remedial, regular, honors, AP, or DE

Size and Type of Font for our Transcript

Common Transcript Questions about ASU’s UL Program

Is it important to add in the weighted GPA with the unweighted GPA on the transcripts?

CLEP and GPA

Recording HS Credit Earned Before 9th Grade

Posted in High School, Math, Transcripts

Math Success 4 Math Averse

So, if you already feel yourself mounting a reaction to the title, this post isn’t for you.  Like anything you’re good at, you can’t imagine that other people can’t “become” good at it too… if they only had a better attitude, different curriculum, a better teacher, etc.  STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are all the rage – most universities have watched their STEM-majors double in the past few years, so there is a ton of emphasis on not only high school math, but college-level math in high school.  Sure, with 10,000 hours it’s possible to become an expert in anything.  This is not that. Continue reading “Math Success 4 Math Averse”

Posted in High School, Math, Transcripts

Math Success 4 Math Averse

So, if you already feel yourself mounting a reaction to the title, this post isn’t for you.  Like anything you’re good at, you can’t imagine that other people can’t “become” good at it too… if they only had a better attitude, different curriculum, a better teacher, etc.  STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are all the rage – most universities have watched their STEM-majors double in the past few years, so there is a ton of emphasis on not only high school math, but college-level math in high school.  Sure, with 10,000 hours it’s possible to become an expert in anything.  This is not that. Continue reading “Math Success 4 Math Averse”