How to Produce Homeschool Transcripts Using Discovery K12

Maintaining essential records is critical when homeschooling. Not just for legal reasons, records are important for logging student’s academic history, assessment, and necessary for those students moving on to college.

Homeschoolers can produce their own transcripts for each of their student’s school years. This post will focus on producing a first semester (U.S.) transcript using Discovery K12’s Parent/Teacher Account Transcript App.

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Transcripts should be produced at mid-year and at the end of the year in the United States. If you are following a traditional school-year calendar, starting in the fall and finishing before summer, you’ll want to produce your mid-year transcripts in January at about 90 Days into the school year, and end-of-year transcripts in June.

What’s great about the DK12 Transcript App, is it’s really easy to use, it’s flexible, and takes just a few minutes to produce a transcript. A variety of options allow for any combination of courses taken, whether through Discovery K12’s curriculum or other sources. Featured below is a mid-year transcript produced by the DK12 Transcript App.

The Transcript App will automatically populate all of your homeschool data such as your school name (if you have one), Head of School contact, and student information. Each transcript produced can be saved online and printed.

Producing the Transcript
You will need the following data to produce a student’s transcript: course name, the grade for each course, standardized testing results, and any other extra curricular activities or volunteer programs. Once you have your data together, it takes just a few minutes to produce the actual transcript.

Step 1 -
Inside the Parent/Teacher Account, simply click “Transcripts” next to the student’s name that you will create the transcript for.

Step 2 -
On the Transcript app, select “First Semester” and the grade level of your student. Select .5 credit. Then, all you need to do is select or enter the course name and select its grade. If you are using DK12 curriculum exclusively, you can select each course from the dropdown fields under Core Courses and Extra Curriculum. There are 5 additional Other Course areas that let you enter courses taken outside of DK12’s curriculum.

Step 3 – Enter any test results for standardized tests that have been taken and any comments about the students progress, volunteer/community efforts, awards or other accomplishments you’d like to show on the transcript.

Step 4 – Select the number of Core Courses and the number of Extra Curriculum Courses taken, and the Transcript App will automatically calculate the credits and GPA for you. The grading table on the Transcript App is a standard percentage-based system where above 90% is an A, above 80% is a B, etc.; and where the Grade Point Average (GPA) of above 4 is an A and above a 3 is a B, etc.

Step 5 – Click “Create Transcript” and your new transcript will appear in a list at the top of the page in which you can print, sign, and save for your records. If you wish to print the border background, be sure to check the box in your print dialog window to print the background image.

Shown below is the Transcript App with all of its options.

You can learn more about Discovery K12′s Parent/Teacher Account features here.

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