A search on the topic of high school transcripts reveals abbreviations and terminology that may be unfamiliar and confusing. We’ve come up with a handy cheat sheet that will help you feel like a pro in your next conversation with other home educators and college admissions counselors.
ACT is one of the two most common college entrance exams. To find out when the ACT will be offered in your area, when to register, how to prepare for the test, and more, click here. Begin gathering this information while your child is in eighth grade so you do not miss important deadlines. Read more: A beginner’s guide to mastering the SAT and ACT
Class Rank shows how the academic performance of one student compares to another. Homeschool students can simply say on their college applications that their school does not rank its students and will not provide a rank.
Course Status tells where a student is in regards to the course. Typical course statuses are In Progress, Completed, Pending, Proposed, or Withdrawn.
Dual Credit is when a student takes a single course and receives both a high school and college credit for the course upon satisfactory completion.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an application that is completed by a student and parent that helps the family know how much federal student aid the student will be eligible to receive. Colleges want students to have completed a FAFSA prior to applying to their institution. As with other entities, there are deadlines by which the FAFSA should be completed. You can find complete information here.Read more: The one thing that can help you afford college
Honors courses are more challenging academically. These college preparatory courses require more effort from the student in vocabulary, reading, writing, more extensive lab work in science, and more challenging math courses.
The NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletics Association. If your child wants to play college sports, there are requirements to which they must adhere in high school and there are certain pieces of information that need to be on their high school transcript. To find out more about the NCAA, click here. It’s advisable to start learning the requirements before your child begins high school to avoid missing important deadlines. Read more: What homeschool athletes should know about playing college sports
Unweighted GPA treats all courses the same. There is no additional value given to Honors, Dual Enrollment, or Advanced Placement courses.
The SAT is the other one of the two most common college entrance exams. To find out when the SAT will be offered in your area, when to register, how to prepare for the test, and more, click here. Take the time to learn about the SAT and the PSAT when your child is in seventh or eighth grade to give them the best preparation possible.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the abbreviations, terms, and organizations that may come up while you are homeschooling your high school student. It includes items that I wish I had known more about when my first child began ninth grade and I hope it makes your journey as a home educator and school administrator a little easier.
Holly Williams Urbach writes and works as a virtual assistant in sunny central Texas and is a co-host of The Happy Homeschooler Podcast. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, doing yoga, and watching Marvel movies with her family.