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What About High School Diplomas

Here is the simple answer - Your Own Diploma!   You can get a GED if you like, or you can use a cover school that offers diplomas, or - Create your own!  The important thing is not the diploma, it is the TRANSCRIPTS. Colleges are not so concerned with diplomas as they are with transcripts, SAT's,and ACT's.   Below is information you will find useful to create your own transcripts.


What to include in a transcript (You may use a form or type your own info. If using a form, fill in N/A in spaces you will not be using. Consider using your school letterhead if typing your own.)

Student's full legal name and identification info: Social Security Number (necessary for financial aid) Birthdate Permanent Address & Phone Any alternate names - adoption info, stepchildren, legal name


Name of school (this gives identity to your school): If using a correspondence school or accredited program, you may want to use that name.

Academic History: List of subjects (Specify during which grade the course was taken, whether it was a semester or year-long course, grade or marks received, credits received. Letter grades are better than "pass!' or "fail" type grades. I especially like the explanations used in Education PLUS+'program "Creating Transcripts and Issuing Diplomas". This program is also included in their "Apprenticeship Plus" material. If you use another method of evaluating results, be sure to explain it in writing.

You may want to add course descriptions to enable evaluator/admissions officer to understand your program. These can come from the course description in a catalog or the beginning of a textbook and describe content.)

Note: if using A. C.E or Alpha Omega programs, packet numbers need to be explained in terms of regular courses. Admissions officers may not understand PACEs or LifePacs unless you either include an explanation or convert to a standard connotation for the course credit.

Concerning unit studies: I know of three approaches. One is to give credit based on time spent on the coursework (120 hours on task or 45 minutes x 5 weekly classes for I year= one credit or Carnegie *unit. This works especially well with giving credit for nontraditional studies.

Another method is to use the a textbook as a resource book with the table of contents being marking off until 75-80% is completed in units, then a credit is given.

The third is described in Judy Gelnees book College Admissions: A Guide for Homeschoolers, available from The Elijah Company. In the book she explains how she wrote an explanation of their unschooling (unstructured, independent study) program and her son was accepted into several universities, choosing to attend Rice University. Judy is from Denver.

Other activities: Extra curricular activities, athletics, music, pottery, carpentry, etc. (Count EVERYTHING!) Non-academic subjects usually get 1/2 credit. You may add a related research project in order to give a full credit. (i.e. Your child teaches Sunday School regularly. Obtain a letter of recommendation from the superintendent and have the child write a research paper on an area of child development. This information thanks to Inge Cannon of Education PLUS+).

In athletics, type out activities, length of time participated, records set, trophies or awards obtained, events participated in.

Letters of recommendation - coaches, employers, pastors, etc,

Community service projects

Volunteer work

Hobbies 1

Cottage Industries

Apprenticeships served

Note: The Moores recommend a formula of equal amounts of time spent in academic as in service and industry for younger children and for high schoolers.

Awards (photocopy if you can), award - winning essays,

Outside classes or seminars attended

Report of achievement test scores, college entrance exam scores.

Grade Point Average, Class Rank, Class President - sometimes these mean extra "points" in a system that scores points for various things, then a computer spits out the top candidates. Explain how these were arrived at: "Jon is the oldest student in our school of five children. He serves as a leader to the other students and is Class President."

List any previous schools attended, including dates, locations. Include transcripts from those schools if including any transferred credits from them.

School officials: Parents' names and titles, signatures. Include any degree designations parents may have. Also list name of person to contact for further info, probably mom.

State a graduation date.


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