Yesterday I wrote about wrapping up the school year. However I need to note there are a few differences between wrapping up the younger years and wrapping up high school year.
Wrapping Up the High School Year
Write Down Every Book You’ve Read
Sit down and write down every book you remember your teenagers reading over the school year and include the read-alouds and the audio-books. Some colleges want to see a list of reading material the kids have done over their high school careers.
Unless you’ve been keeping a list over the course of the school year, you probably won’t remember every book. However it’s a lot easier to sit down and write the list of books now, at the end of each school year, than it is when you’re filling out the various applications.
Sit down with your teenager and write down every book read over the school year, and remember to include books read for entertainment as well. If you have a scholarly kid, these can be rather impressive titles!
Create or Fill in the Transcript
At the end of 9th grade, create a transcript for your teenager. You don’t need to fill in every course your teen will do between now and graduation. Write down the different classes your 9th grader did over the last school year.
Consider hobbies and extracurricular classes as well. You’ll need a PE credit. Did your teenager swim with the swim team, dance, do a different sport every season? There’s your PE credit. What about the music or art lessons, or the fact your camera buff is constantly taking ever improving pictures?
Write everything down and fill in the transcript. If you need help, Lee Binz specializes in homeschool high school transcripts.
Create Class Descriptions
While the school year is fresh, write down class descriptions for all the classes you’re putting on your child’s transcripts. Many colleges aren’t interested in class descriptions, but there are quite a few who wish to see them. Again it’s easier done now than later.
Write down what you studied, books you read, and how you evaluated the learning. Did your child take tests, did your child write papers? Explain the class in terms an admissions officer will understand. Algebra 1 is self-explanatory, but Western Civilization 1 isn’t.
Organize the various papers your teenager produced into a portfolio. I still don’t bother keeping each math lesson completed, but I do keep all the tests my high school teens take. I also keep notebooking pages, essays, papers, a sample of drawings, etc. Anything I believe will help confirm the quality of my children’s high school education.
In addition to the regular history, math, art, and science labels, you might consider adding science labs. Most universities require a lab science, so it’s useful to keep a separate label for all experiments versus tests. Think about how you’d like to organize the portfolio for each school year. Organize it in a way that makes sense to you.
The most important part of wrapping up the high school year is to create or update the transcript. It becomes harder and harder to remember exactly what you did a couple years ago.
If you wait until the pressure of college applications are on you, you’ll forget important classes your child took their freshman year of high school.
Stay on top of your child’s high school and keep your child’s transcript updated. You’ll be grateful senior year!
Have you started your teen’s high school transcript yet?