Do Homeschoolers Need High School Diplomas or Transcripts?
Homeschooling through the high school years may seem daunting, but it is completely doable and perhaps far easier than you imagine! Since homeschooling is a legal form of education, yes – your student will need to have a high school transcript documenting their credits earned. In almost all states, homeschooled graduates earn a legal high school diploma according to the homeschooling laws of their state. A homeschool diploma can be used for college admission, scholarships, employment, and military service. Even if your teen does not plan on attending college or a trade school now, you should still prepare these records as plans may change years from now.
Do Homeschoolers Get a Diploma or GED?
Ultimately it depends on the state where you are homeschooling. In most states, homeschooling leads to a legally recognized high school diploma. In a few states, however, sometimes, homeschoolers are not considered high school graduates unless specific high school equivalency conditions are met. Be sure to check your state homeschooling laws to verify your student’s diploma for homeschool will be accepted upon completion of high school coursework.
So How Do Homeschoolers Document Their High School Work?
All completed high school courses are documented on a student’s high school transcript from 9th-12th grade. This is true for all students – whether they attend public or private schools or are homeschooled. In many states, parents serve as the teacher-of-record and will bear the responsibility of assigning grades, issuing high school credits, creating a transcript, and awarding a high school diploma. In states with multiple homeschooling options, other entities, such as an umbrella school, may take care of these tasks.
Regardless of your state’s stance on homeschool diplomas, you will need to document your child’s high school completion through a homeschool transcript. Depending on your state, your child’s progress may or may not need to be reviewed by a certified teacher or some other authority. A high school transcript provides evidence of high school completion. Again, check your state’s homeschooling laws to be aware of any required forms, but in many cases, the creation of the transcript is in the hands of the homeschool parent or guide.
You can likely use any sort of record-keeping system you like along the way, such as a homeschool portfolio It is strongly recommended that you document all high school course work at the end of each school year instead of waiting until your student’s senior year. It will make the process straightforward to complete. If your teen earned high school credits at a traditional school prior to homeschooling, you can notate those credits as ‘transferred from XYZ School.” (*Note: When applying for college admission, you may have to request transcripts from the former high school, which is common practice.)
What Do Credits Mean for Homeschoolers?
Generally, high school completion is based on the number of credits required for a high school diploma in a specific state. This may be a guideline rather than a requirement for homeschooling depending on where you live. You will want to check your state’s homeschooling laws for any graduation requirements. Homeschool athletes seeking to play in college will need to review NCAA homeschool requirements to ensure eligibility.You can also visit your state Board of Education website for reference on public school graduation high school credits as needed.
Basically, you will need to assign homeschool credits for high school based on the courses your child is taking. According to a Guide to Giving High School Credits, by Homeschool.com, one credit is approximately equal to completion of at least 75% of a high school textbook, a one-semester three-credit community college course, a one-year online high school or college course, or a one-year unit study with projects. Timewise, one credit equates to about 120-180 hours of work (or 60-90 hours for one-half credit). As the teacher-of-record, you have the responsibility to assign course credits to ensure that your child satisfies the minimum requirements for a high school diploma.
Time4Learning can be a great partner in automatizing what you would have to record manually with other curricula. While your child works through Time4Learning’s core high school curriculum and optional high school electives, the program automatically tracks the amount of time your child spends on the online lessons by subject, which can help you assign homeschool credits for high school for the courses your child is taking. Remember, too, that Time4Learning’s reports track grades on assignments, quizzes, and tests, so that adding grades to homeschool transcripts is easy!
How Do I Create a Homeschool Transcript?
Knowing how to make a homeschool transcript simply involves using your resources, and they typically include general student information, the parent/guardian’s name, and information about the homeschool.
Then, for each school year and grade level, include the following information:
- For each course:
- Summarize for the school year:
Course description (optional based on state)
Number of credits earned per course
Final course grade
Total number of credits
Grade point average (GPA)
A wonderful feature of homeschool transcripts compared to typical transcripts is that they demonstrate how well-rounded your student is! Here you can include information on:
- Any dual enrollment, honors, or college courses
- Standardized testing scores
- Activities or hobbies
- Volunteer work
Time4Learning members have access to a number of templates including transcripts and high school diplomas in their Parent Account.
Finally, homeschool transcripts can summarize overall attendance per grade, the final cumulative GPA (including, of course, the grading scale you are using), the total number of credits earned, the type of diploma, and the graduation date. Then, as the homeschool teacher-of-record, you sign off on your child’s amazing accomplishments!
Homeschool High School Transcript Template
Creating your student’s homeschool transcript is simple with our free homeschool transcript template available for members in the Parent Account!
Hi, I am looking to switch my child to home school using time4learning but, it is the middle of the school year . She will only need a few classes to complete her graduation based upon Illinois’ home school laws. Is there a certain amount of classes that she has to take if I choose to use this curriculum or is it completely optional how many classes are apart of her personal curriculum?
Hello Jenny! Thank you for reaching out! Since Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, it is completely up to you how many courses your student will take. As you noted, you will need to follow the homeschooling laws for your state. Below is a link with state-specific tips for getting started, homeschooling laws, state/local groups, field trips, and more. Please let us know if we can help answer any other questions for you! https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/illinois/
Do you provide transcripts for students through your program?
Hi Peggy! Since Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, we are unable to complete these records for you. When using our program for homeschooling, however, parents serve as the teacher of record with the ability to assign grades, issue high school credits, complete a high school transcript, and even award a high school diploma according to the homeschooling laws of your state. We try to make this process as simple as possible for you. Our reports can help with grading. We also provide a free high school transcript template in your parent account “Manage Student” Resources. The template includes step-by-step instructions to guide you through! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
The community college that my sister is planning to attend asks for the homeschool certificate… is this something that our mother would already have, or does it even exist?
Hi Brittney! If your sister graduated from your homeschool, and not a private, charter, or umbrella school, then yes your parent would issue that certificate or diploma!
How can i get a transcript for an elementary age student who will be going back to regular school?
Hi Rosie! You may need to check with the school to see what records they will require. From your parent account, you can run a custom report of all grades earned with Time4Learning. If the school prefers a report card format, you can transfer the final grades earned to a report card. We have free report card templates available in your parent account in the “Manage Students” resource section. Thank you for stopping by!
My son was home schooled but I didn’t turn in a attendance certificate with the school officer what do I need for his diploma.
Hi Ronda! When homeschooling, you serve as the teacher of record with the ability to assign grades (our reports can help!), issue high school credits, and award a high school diploma according to the homeschooling laws for your state which you can reference via the link below. Please let us know if you need additional assistance. Congratulations on your son’s graduation! https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/by-state.html
My son is currently completing the curriculum for 9th – 12th. Upon completion, will he receive his high school diploma from Time4Learning? Thank you.
Hi Eric! Since Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, we don’t issue diplomas. However, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and homeschool diplomas are legal and valid. As a homeschooler, the parent serves as the official teacher of record and will graduate their student and issue the diploma. We have a very active community on Facebook, if you would like to join and connect with other Time4Learning members and homeschoolers who have graduated their students! https://www.facebook.com/groups/Time4LearningFamilies
You can also reach out to our customer support team if you have additional questions: https://www.time4learning.com/contact-us/
I am withdrawing my son from school and he is a senior .. I want to homeschool him for the subjects he is needing .. he currently has 21.5 credits and is lacking English 3 /4 .. government and a some other subjects .. I need guidance
Hi Jeff. Thanks for stopping by our blog. The Time4Learning high school curriculum does offer 4 language arts courses, as well as several history/social studies course options. Most of the core subjects are intended to be full year/1 credit hour courses. There are some electives, as well as Trigonometry and US Government, that are semester/.5 credit hour courses.
You can browser our high school course options here: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool-curriculum/high-school.html
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team if we can answer any additional questions or help you get started! https://www.time4learning.com/contact-us/
I took classes on this website for my freshman year of highschool and cant find the transcripts for them. Year 2019-2020. Please help!
Hi Valentina! Since Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, we don’t maintain or provide transcripts. As homeschoolers, the parent serves as the official teacher of record and will take care of that. However, our reporting is a huge asset in helping parents with transcripts! If your account is still active, you can generate a report for the date range you need. Once an account is cancelled or inactive, members no longer have access to that reporting data. We do remind parents that they need to make sure and print any reports they will need, currently or in the future, before cancelling a Time4Learning membership, but you may be able to contact our customer support team for assistance. https://www.time4learning.com/contact-us/
We appreciate you being a valued part of the Time4Learning family!
Is Time 4 Learning accepted by the NCAA?
Hi, thanks for stopping by! Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, so homeschool parents need to make sure they meet the NCAA eligibility requirements. You can find more about those here: https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/home-school-students
Hi! My daughter is in 1st grade. I would like to do homeschooling for her with time4learning next year. Will she be given any grade completion certificate after completing her grade courses that is accepted by the public schools in Houston, Texas when she returns back to public school learning? Is time4learning a texas accredited home school learning program?
Hi, Vani! We’re often asked if Time4learning is accredited. The short answer is ‘no,’ but the longer answer is worth understanding. Accreditation is a form of credentialing that applies to schools. Accreditation addresses issues such as teacher:student ratios, number of computers in the media center, number of teachers holding advanced degrees, curriculum used, and so on. Because Time4Learning is a curriculum and not a school, accreditation does not apply to us. However, the curriculum offered by Time4Learning is used at many accredited schools across the United States, so you can be assured that it is educationally rigorous.
Since we are a curriculum and not a school, we don’t issue completion certificates, but we do offer free certificate templates for our members to fill out and download if you’d like.
As far as returning to school, we have many families from Texas who have homeschooled successfully, and re-enrolled in the public school system. Each district could have their own requirements, so we recommend reaching out to your local school to ask what they expect of homeschoolers when entering/re-entering the school system.
Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
I need to print a transcript for my son in 4rth grade by may 15thhow do i do it and quick and do i half to fill it in
Hi! Transcripts are usually created for high school students, but if you do need one, you can print this template and complete it by hand, or online with a PDF editor.
I downloaded the template but it won’t let me fill it in.
Hi Sharon! If you download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program, you’ll be able to type/complete and print the transcript. Once you have the program installed, open the transcript using AAR and look for the option to “fill and sign.” 🙂
I would like to get ****** transcripts. He is a 5th Grader I need the whole transcript through 2021
Hi! We removed your student’s name for privacy. Active Time4Learning members can generate reports from within their parent account. Since we are a curriculum and not a school, we don’t provide transcripts. Parents create and maintain those. We provide a template that members can use: https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/homeschool-high-school-transcript-template/
You can also find additional transcript information here: https://www.homeschool.com/articles/free-guide-to-creating-homeschool-high-school-transcripts/
If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team! 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
If my 9th grade is enrolled next year will she recieve credits toward graduation? Can she use them to graduate with her class in public school
Hi! Thanks for your interest, and for stopping by. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and as such, parents (the homeschool teacher of record) issue credits earned. As far as re-entering the school system, that varies by state/school, so we recommend checking with them to make sure. 🙂
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have additional questions! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
I’m trying to get my child’s transcript from last year. How can I get it since the school she attends keeps asking for it so that they could give her the credits for the work that she did so that they put her in the right classes?
Hello! If your Time4Learning account is no longer active, please reach out to our customer support team to see what they can do. Thanks! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
My daughter is in Kindergarten, does she need an Home School template as well?
Hi Tiffany! Transcripts aren’t usually a concern until high school. For early elementary students, parents should just be able to keep records/portfolios based on their state’s requirements. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/by-state.html
My whole transcript up to the first semester of 10th grade is in public school and college classes. If I do the 2nd semester of 10th grade only through time4learning without a charter school (I would be traditionally homeschooling), would the transcript that I create after 10th grade be accepted by a homeschool charter school? In other words, is there a written report in this program that says how you did in the course and when you did it? Thanks
Hi! Yes, parents can print reports showing what was completed and any scores. As far as acceptance by the homeschool charter school, we recommend that you reach out to them to make sure. You can always contact our customer support if you have additional questions. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
I’m interested in doing my senior year on time4learning. Would I need to transfer my transcripts from my current high school (grades 9-11)?and on the downloadable transcript would I add the previous years to it?
Hi Blaine! Since we are a curriculum and not a school, we wouldn’t need your transcripts from your current high school. You will want those records though, so you can use them to build out your homeschool transcript. Yes, you would just add the credit hours/courses from your current high school to the downloaded transcript you use for homeschool. 🙂
If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! https://www.time4learning.com/curriculum/contact_us.php
Thank you for the template. Is it fillable? Then printable? If not, how do I complete it typed? I don’t want to complete it by hand. Thank you for your assistance.
Hi Maria! If you download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program, you’ll be able to type/complete and print the transcript. Once you have the program installed, open the transcript using AAR and look for the option to “fill and sign.” 🙂
Can template be downloaded using an iPad or does it have to be a PC?
Hi Mona! The template can definitely be downloaded on an iPad, but you’ll want to make sure you have a pdf editor on your device. 🙂
My child has more courses than there are spaces for. Is there any way to just print out the course section?
Hi Angie! We don’t have just a course section on this transcript template, but here are some links where you can look for additional transcript templates. You might find one that works a little better for your needs. 🙂
Hi my daughter did half of a year in 7th grade and the other half of it homeschooled she also did 8th and 9th homeschooled does she need a transcript to start 10th grade is it necessary also she failed 2 times in school with they let her go to the tenth because it’s her right grade with out a transcript
Hi Tina! Whether or not she needs a transcript to re-enter the school system is going to depend on each school district’s requirements. We’d definitely recommend reaching out to your school board to see what they need! 🙂
Do I need a transcript template for my sixth grade special Ed child with autism
Hi Kristi. Transcripts are usually for high school students, but the records that you need to keep will vary depending on what your state requires. We do have some information on portfolios that you might find useful: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool_portfolios.shtml
Will my high school daughter’s transcripts be accepted.
Hi Shawn. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, so any diploma you (the homeschool parent) issue should be accepted when a high school diploma is asked for* (thinking employment, military enrollment, etc.). *This information should not be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under.
If you’re asking if her transcripts will be accepted for college admissions, you should reach out to the college(s) she is interested in attending and speak with their admissions counselors as each school will have their own set of admissions requirements.
I have an ESE student. Fo I still have to maintain his IEP or can I just teach him according to his ability?
Hi! That could vary depending on your state. Many parents that choose to homeschool their child with an IEP will continue with the IEP and any services that it provides. However, if your state doesn’t have any regulations in place for that, you should be able to homeschool him at his pace, without maintaining the IEP. We would definitely recommend making sure you’re familiar with your state’s homeschooling laws, and double checking with your current school board. 🙂 https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/state_homeschooling_info.shtml
Is there information on what you need to transfer from homeschool to an Arizona public high school? Will they take all credits? Thank you!
Hi Jennifer, great question! Enrolling/re-enrolling in the public school system will vary, and will depend on each school board. Many take homeschool transcripts, but some do require accredited credits. Your best bet is to reach out to the school system to make sure. Good luck! We do have a page that might be a good resource, all about homeschooling in Arizona: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/arizona/ Good luck! 🙂
Is there anyway I can get my child’s hours if our acct has been expired?
Hi Melisa. It’s possible you can still retrieve records, but it’s going to depend on how long ago the account expired. I would give our customer support team a call at 888-771-0914 and see what they can do! 🙂
Is there anyway to change the GPA calculation to a simple A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1?
Hi Beth. The grading scale is based on standardized information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. This is just a suggestion to help parents with calculating GPA. As the teacher of record you can choose the scale that works for you. 🙂
How do I make this editable on my pc?
Hi Stacy. Once you download it to your PC, you should be able to open and edit (don’t try to edit in the browser tab, try and edit the one you downloaded). 🙂
I have downloaded the transcript template, updated Adobe Reader, and still cannot edit the transcript without paying a monthly or annual fee to upgrade the Adobe software. Can you please provide a template that is more user friendly? A Word or Excel format would be ideal.
Hi Jillian! You shouldn’t need to buy any service. Once the template is downloaded to your computer, open it and click on Tools in the tab near the top. From there, click fill and sign. You should then be able to type within each field. If you have further trouble though, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 🙂
How much does it cost? My son is in the 10th grade
Hi Loretta! If you’re asking about the template, it’s a free download. 🙂 If you’re asking about how much the Time4Learning curriculum costs, at the high school level it’s $30 per month/per student for 4 courses. Additional courses are $5 per month/per student.
I’m in public school, but I really want to do online health so I can take other science classes. I’m trying to get your high school health program approved, but in order to do that, they want an official transcript (grade). Is that possible?
Hi Emily! Time4Learning is a curriculum, not a school. We don’t provide transcripts, but our program does offer automated reports (scores, duration, etc.). You can use that report info to create your transcript. Hope that helps! 🙂
Do you know if Ohio public school can accept home school transcripts, or is that a district-based decision?
Hi Lillia. While homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, it’s always a good idea to check with the school board if you think you might enroll/re-enroll in the public school system. 🙂
what program should i use to open the transcript to type in it?
Hi Beth! If you’re using a Mac, you can just download, then open the PDF. You can edit it in Preview. If you’re using a Windows PC, you should be able to open the downloaded PDF in any PDF reader (like Adobe Acrobat) and make edits. If you’re still having trouble, definitely let us know. We can try to troubleshoot!
How can this be properly filled out if it’s printed up first? I’m looking for one that I can fill out online
Hi Susan! Once downloaded, the transcript can be completed on your computer then printed out.
I downloaded it, but cannot figure out how to type the information into it
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