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3. Enter your child’s courses and grades.

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FAQs

What if I have questions?

IAHE Transcript Service is powered by FastTranscripts.com. Created by a homeschool dad and used by nearly 20,000 parents, the platform is designed to be intuitive for any parent. Be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions tab on the Fast Transcript website —chances are, your question has been asked before!

What is a transcript?

A transcript is an official record of all the academic courses, enrichment classes, and electives that your high school student has completed during his high school years. A grade, points, and credits are also assigned to each completed course. A high school transcript is necessary for college applications, trade schools, military recruiters, and employers who require proof of education. College admissions review boards must have a transcript that is clear, concise, and limited to one or two pages. Transcripts are also usually required during the application process for scholarships awarded by colleges and private groups. Transcripts are also used by coaches for recruiting purposes and are required for NCAA eligibility.

When should I begin keeping a record of high school courses?

Whenever your student begins high-school-level courses, you should keep a record of the name of each course and each semester’s final grade, along with the year’s final grade and credits attributed to each course. (See credit FAQs below.)

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What do I do with high-school-level courses my child completed before grade nine?

A transcript is a record of the last four years of high school, so it typically begins at ninth grade. If you decide to add high-school-level courses your child completed prior to ninth grade (often considered accelerated classes), then these accelerated courses would be listed with the grade nine courses. Use an asterisk beside the course titles to indicate you are providing more information. Then put a related asterisk with an explanation in the “Notes” field on the transcript. The additional information will provide an explanation of the high school courses that were completed prior to ninth grade.

When making the decision to add courses taken prior to grade nine, one important aspect to consider is how the reader, a college admissions officer, or a scholarship officer, will interpret the transcript record. Public schools and private schools also accelerate coursework. Admissions officers are used to seeing, for example, Algebra 2 studied in ninth grade. In that case, successful completion of Algebra 1 is inferred. When a student has been accelerated, the admissions officer will look to see what he did with the opportunities afforded to him by acceleration. Taking the algebra example again, if his math coursework was accelerated, did he keep going in math through his senior year, taking advanced math, or did he stop math as soon as he completed algebra and geometry?

Acceleration itself has little merit until the whole transcript record shows what he did with his accelerated opportunity. Admissions officers spend an average of four minutes doing the first read of your student’s entire application including the transcript, and the most significant acceleration is completed in later academic years.

How do I decide course names? What if my course name doesn’t fit in the space?

If you used a textbook, you can usually use the textbook name as the course name. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you are not locked into a curriculum or textbook, but are free to learn differently. If you have assembled your own course of study in a subject, you can choose a name that accurately represents the skills your student mastered. You may wish to look at a local high school or community college’s course offerings to get some ideas of standard class names. Again, the key is to make sure the course name accurately captures the subject studied or skills acquired.

In order to display properly on the transcript, you will need to limit your course name to 45 characters, including spaces. If your course name is too long, it is perfectly acceptable to abbreviate words. For example, “Geometry” can be abbreviated as “Geom.” and “Trigonometry” as “Trig.” As long as the meaning remains clear, college admissions officers and employers should not mind abbreviations.

Important! If your student has completed an AP or college course, be sure to indicate that in your course title. (Example: John Tyler Community College Chemistry II; AP World History, etc.) The transcript uses an un-weighted 4.0 scale, so you should indicate any higher-level courses in the course titles. Alternately, you could use the note feature (see Note information below) to mark all your AP or college courses.

Is there a requirement for high school homeschoolers to have two years of P.E.? Also, where on a transcript do I give credit for P.E. and driver’s education?

Indiana does not require homeschool parents to teach specific subjects during the high school years. This includes any requirement to teach physical education.

Although homeschool parents are free to design a program of study that suits their student’s goals, they should consider including those subjects (like P.E.) that are typical for a well-rounded education. Homeschool parents are free to teach these subjects during any of the high school years.

Both P.E. and driver’s education could also be listed as electives. The parent can decide to give 1/2 to 1 credit for each of these subjects. Often, 1/2 credit is given for non-academic subjects that are completed in half a year or less. The credit value is determined by the parent.

What should I put in the Note field?

If you need to make notes about any courses on your transcript, you can put an asterisk or marking next to the course name. For example, you can use asterisks next to your course names to indicate AP, honors, online, college, or advanced courses, or other special notes. Please use the note field to define what the asterisks next to the course names mean. Whatever you put here will appear on the final transcript; the field is limited to 60 characters.

How do I assign grades?

At the completion of your student’s course, you will assign both a semester grade and a final grade (A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Average, D=Poor, F=Failure). Be consistent in your grade assignment—this is no place for emotional entanglement! Teachers do not give students grades; students earn grades. Parent-teachers simply record them accurately and honestly. Planning your objectives for learning will help you make strategic assignments and identify the levels of achievement that deserve an A, B, C, D, or F. You will be asked to give your grading scale (A=90-100, B=, etc.), and this information will appear on the final transcript. You may also select “Pass” or “Fail” for courses you do not wish to assign a grade (note that pass/fail courses will NOT factor into the GPA but will show up in the total credits).

How do I assign grades for fall and spring semesters if I don't use a semester system for my homeschool curriculum?

Not every homeschool family will use a semester system. In order to have a standardized transcript, you can easily adapt your grades to a semester format. Begin by reviewing the level and quality of work the student completed from the beginning to the middle of your school year. Translate that work into a grade (either A, B, C, D, or F) for the first half of the course, which you will call the first semester. Do the same for the second half of the course.

After you have assigned the fall and spring semester grades, look at those grades in context with the final grade you have assigned. Do the fall and spring semester grades correlate with the final grade? For example, if you have assigned a B for the fall semester and a C for the spring semester, but had already assigned an A for the final grade, your semester grades do not correlate with the final grade. On the other hand, if your student earned an A in the fall semester and a B in the spring semester, then an appropriate final grade could fall anywhere between an A and a B, but not below.

What are grade points and how do I assign a point for a course completed?

After the final grade is assigned, the system will automatically assign grades for you using the guidelines below.

A = 4 grade points multiplied by the credits assigned to that course
B = 3 grade points multiplied by the credits assigned to that course
C = 2 grade points multiplied by the credits assigned to that course
D = 1 grade point multiplied by the credits assigned to that course
F = 0 grade points multiplied by the credits assigned to that course

What is a GPA?

GPA (grade point average) is determined each year by totaling the number of grade points earned then dividing that number by the total number of credits completed. The IAHE Transcript service will automatically assign the GPA for you based on the grades and credits you enter.

The transcript you will be completing through IAHE’s transcript service will be based on an un-weighted, 4.0 scale, meaning every course will be assigned points based on the straightforward grading system shown above. It is important to follow this system exactly and NOT to add or subtract points based on the difficulty or level of the course (including AP and college courses). If your student has completed college- or AP-level courses, you should specify this in the course title. (Example: John Tyler Community College Chemistry II; AP World History, etc.)

College admissions officers are quite comfortable with using an un-weighted scale and will know to look in the course titles for this information. The fact that the transcript is based on an un-weighted scale will be clearly marked on the final transcript.

What is a credit, and how do I calculate how many credits my student has completed?

As soon as your student begins high-school-level courses, it is important to keep a record of the credits or units that each individual subject is worth. Credits are recorded on a cumulative record called a transcript. Traditionally, achieving a predetermined number of “credits” in selected subjects is a way of showing a high school course of study is complete. A homeschool parent determines the subjects and number of credits necessary to complete a high school course of study.

College admissions departments, trade schools, military recruiters, and employers who require proof of education are accustomed to seeing transcripts that include Carnegie units, also known as “credits.” It is good to use a system that is familiar to those who make educational decisions—such as colleges or the military—and that corresponds to ones used by traditional schools.

There are two ways to count credits. The easiest method is this:

1 credit = 1 semester of study per course. As an example, World History is a two-semester course, so you will give your student two credits for the entire course. It is generally acceptable to assume that if your student has completed 80% or more of the work for the course over one school year, they can be given credit for completion.

The second method of recording credits is in Carnegie Units which requires record­ing the hours of study. You may want to use this method if you are creating your own course. For a core course (English, science, history, math, or foreign language), you will want your teen to log at least 150 hours for 2.0 credits (roughly five hours a week for 30 weeks). Logging more than 150 hours does not earn a student more credit; it simply indicates that the threshold of 150 hours has been passed. For an elective course, it is appropriate to log 120 hours of work for a 2-credit course.

In Indiana, each class is worth one cred­it per semester except Physical Education which is worth a ½ credit per semester.

Be sure to include appropriate seminars, lectures, field trips, tours, hobbies, and vacations as you compile your course hours. While these may not stand alone as subjects, they can be combined with other studies in a course.

Remember, DO NOT count time spent on one particular activity as credits for two different subjects. Activities can be divided, but they should not be counted twice.

Regardless of the method you use to calculate course credit, you do not have to be a “clock watcher” and meticulously count every minute. With a reasonable application of this process, you can standardize your transcript in a way that will be acceptable to those who will review your student’s course work.

Dual-enrollment credits (credits for a college course taken during high school) are calculated differently. A one-semester college course will typically earn three college credits; while at the same time, it can earn two credits as a full-year high school course.

There can be some exceptions to this method of converting college credit to high school credit. You are the administrator of your homeschool, and you are free to determine how you go about this.

How many credits does my homeschooled student need to complete before graduation?
Parents determine when the course of study they planned has been completed.

Public school students follow the Indiana Department of Education’s Core 40 graduation requirements. Among several options, there is a General Core 40 Diploma, and there is a Core 40 Honors Diploma which is a typical college-prep diploma guideline. Indiana homeschoolers may NOT issue a Core 40 diploma, but may instead choose to mirror the Core 40 requirements.

While the number of credits listed above is only for public school students, they can be used as a guideline for homeschooled students.

Students who plan to attend college should not limit themselves to 40 credits. They should take additional challenging coursework, earning 47 or more credits in order to be competitive for college acceptance.

What courses does my homeschooled student need to complete in order to graduate?

A parent determines the courses that a homeschooled student must complete in order to graduate. Course selection should be based on preparing for college or the workforce. A typical course of study would include the following:

4 years of English
2–4 years of math
2–4 years of science
2–4 years of history
2 years of a foreign language
2 years of health & physical education
Electives
Extracurricular activities

If your student plans to attend college, college admissions officers will be looking for completion of particular courses. Early in your high school student’s course of study, you should research the prerequisites of the colleges your student is interested in attending and keep that in mind when determining his high school plan. Note that sometimes colleges will make exceptions to their prerequisites; however, getting a feel for their requirements can be helpful in determining your student’s courses.

The college requires that I present a transcript before my homeschooled student has completed his coursework for his senior year. What do I do?

If a transcript is needed before completion of all the high school courses, list courses that are presently being taken, but DO NOT assign a grade that has not yet been earned. Instead, you may type “IP” in the grade slot to signify that that course is “In Progress.” The transcript may be sent to the college admissions office prior to the final grade assignment. After your student’s school year is complete, most colleges require that the final official transcript be sent to the admissions office before enrollment is approved.

Why should I use a transcript service for high school at home?

You may create your own transcript. However, this service is designed both to significantly simplify the process and to offer a professional-looking, standardized transcript you can give to colleges or employers.

Also, college admissions officers have complained that many homeschool transcripts are non-standard in appearance and content. Some are difficult to read, include unnecessary information, and do not make clear references to grades or grade-point averages. Rather than taking time to decipher inconsistent content or a confusing style, the evaluator of these transcripts may toss them into the trashcan. IAHE’s transcript service provides the clear and concise information colleges and employers desire. They can also be sent electronically to 4,397 colleges in the Homeschool Clearinghouse.

Why isn’t there a spot for me to enter my student’s Social Security Number?

A Social Security number is not required on a transcript.