Lots of people worry about how to create transcripts – especially unschoolers. How do you translate Real Life into some educational language? Especially if you’ve spent the entire time living as if school and all of its trappings don’t matter!
First, let me reassure you, school trappings – grades, courses, subjects, GPAs – none of them matter in real life. Real life is more like a giant tapestry with everything intricately woven together.
But if your teen is trying to get into a technical school, a vocational program, a community college, or any “higher learning” institution, one way to do it is to switch gears a little and give them what they want to get in the door. That’s what we did. Others can share their more creative approaches, but we opted to make it look traditional. We saw that the admissions clerk was simply trying to mark off boxes on her checklist. She didn’t care that Michael studied Japanese in a 4H Exchange program or that Alyssa spent a year in an organic make-up internship or that Katie studied Shakespeare through multiple theatre productions. All they really wanted to see was a date and an official looking signature, signing them off as “graduated.”
So here’s what we did:
Alyssa’s transcript has grades on it, mainly because we had them. She went to high school for a year and a half, so we plugged those classes into the transcript. I suppose I could have assigned grades to Katie’s transcripts, but they didn’t ask for it, and I didn’t give more than they needed to meet the criteria. Also, FYI: your state determines how many credits a teen needs in high school, so you might look at a local public high school website and see what their credit requirements are. That will give you a number to be sure you include.