I’m using Mondays to clear out my mailbox. The topic of this week’s message deals with our free editable high school transcript. Read on for all the deets.
Question: How do I make an “official” transcript for my homeschooler?
We’ve had a time, trying to get our “home schooled” kids set up for work, or drivers licenses, because the businesses want a school ID that is “legal like a public school ID” or our documents do not have an official seal, etc. Have you ever had this problem? Do you make ID’s for your kids? I used your free printable high school transcript, which is great, but since I didn’t type the copy and there was no official public school seal, they shied away from it.
Answer: Maybe these tweaks will help
We haven’t had any trouble of that sort, but my transcripts are typed rather than penned in by hand. See if using this one will help:
Maybe this will help. I converted my original transcript file to this editable PDF. So now you can fill out the form on your computer before printing. That way, it will look more “official.”
To use our free editable high school transcript, follow these simple steps:
- Download our editable transcript file to your computer
- Adjust the display size to 100%
- Fill in the information: name, address, coursework, and grades
- Save your completed form under a different name (that way, you’ll still have the blank master to use for future students)
Going the Extra Mile
We haven’t done so when applying for driver’s permits, but for college admissions, we normally do have the kids’ high school transcripts notarized. You might try that, too, if the DPS or potential employers still shy away from the printed copy of your student’s transcript. It isn’t difficult to do this. If you don’t already know somebody who can notarize the transcript, do a Google search to find a notary public in your area.
This is totally optional, but I also ordered a seal embosser with the name of our homeschool on it, which I used on both transcripts and diplomas. It adds a nice touch, and with the number of children we have, it will see a good amount of use by the time we finish this homeschool journey!
You can get similar seals for about $25 on Amazon, and it can be used over and over again. (I bought extra plates for stamping books from our home library and monograming envelope flaps. They are easily interchangeable, so it’s easy to imprint different seal styles using the same embosser.)
As for student IDs, after 25 years of homeschooling, I finally printed and laminated “official” IDs for the first time last year. (Primarily, so we could use them when buying movie tickets for school-aged children over 12 and not have to pay adult prices for them.)
I designed our IDs myself using Pages on my Mac. They include each student’s name, photo, and school year, plus the logo from our local homeschool support group. If I figure out how to make an editable template for those, I’ll upload that to this site, as well.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, I suggest you read this post. It’s all about making the most of the high school years.
Have your high schoolers read it, too! It explains how they can earn college credit for as much of their coursework as possible. Some of ours used these tips to rack up as many as 60 credit hours before ever graduating high school. That’s a huge savings of both time and money!
Hope all that helps!
More graduation resources
Check out a few of our other posts on this topic:
- A Prayer for the Graduate – another of our pretty printable prayer guides
- A Game to Celebrate Your Graduate – a Scattergories-style game for seniors that is perfect for group play
- How to Make a High School Diploma – suggestions for homeschooling parents to create beautiful diplomas for their high school graduates
- How to Round out Your High Schooler’s Transcript – fulfilling graduation requirements, plus ideas for awarding credit for extracurricular activities
- How to Write a Senior Tribute – finding the right words of encouragement for your senior can be challenging
- Prayers and Advice Cards for Graduates – let guests share their best words of wisdom with your grad
- Graduation Guest Book – keep a record of guests who attend your graduation exercises
- Getting Your Child Ready for College – a short list of the things we do to prepare our kids for their time at University
- Earning College Credit at Home – how to save time and money on your child’s college education using dual credit and CLEP exams
One more resource that deserves a mention is Summit Student Conferences. This 2-week worldview program teaches young people how to defend their faith in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christianity.
UPDATE: Are you interested in sending your teen or young adult (ages 16-22) to a Summit Student Conference? You can save $200 off your 2024 registration with the code SUMMITFAMILY. Registration is already open, so apply now!