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How to build the perfect homeschool transcript

New feature: Additional fonts

We’re rolling out some exciting new features over the next few weeks. The first of these is two new fonts for your transcript.

Prior to today’s update, we only offered the Arial and Times New Roman fonts. These are attractive fonts and worked fine for a while, but our goal is to give you maximum flexibility when customizing your transcript. Towards that end, upgraded accounts have immediate access to the Helvetica and Courier New fonts.

Helvetica is a classy font that has subtle differences from Arial. Courier New is a monospaced font — each letter is an equal width. Switching your transcript to Courier New will make it appear as if it were created on a typewriter. This can be an attractive look depending on your preference.

To change the font used on your transcript, click the “Settings” button and select a new font from the “Font Face” drop-down. We’ve also recorded a brief video (below) about how to change fonts. Enjoy, and definitely let us know what you think of the new fonts!

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New feature: Landscape template!

Landscape Template

One of our most frequently requested features has finally arrived! A landscape transcript layout is now available when printing or downloading.

A traditional portrait layout has been available since we launched in 2007, but late last year we began working on a landscape version. The landscape template contains the same information as the portrait, but presents it in a pleasing and professional wider layout style.

The new landscape template is perfect for users who want to fit a longer transcript on a single page. It packs information more densely than the portrait layout, resulting in a more compact transcript.

Users with upgraded accounts have immediate access to this layout by clicking the “Print” button in the transcript editor.

Do I have to put my student’s SSN on the transcript?

Teascript allows entry of your student’s SSN (Social Security Number), but is this truly required for a high school transcript? The answer is no. This field is completely optional. Generally, colleges or universities will request the student’s SSN as part of the application process, but the SSN doesn’t typically need to be included on the transcript itself.

Colleges use the SSN to determine if your student has any scholarships or other financial aid that need to be applied to their account. Once your student has been accepted, they will be issued a student ID number which can be used instead of the SSN for future communication. This is preferable since the SSN is a sensitive piece of information and should be kept private.

The bottom line is that the SSN doesn’t need to be on your transcript unless the college specifically requests it. If you choose to add your student’s SSN to the transcript, the 128-bit SSL encryption used by Teascript ensures the SSN won’t be intercepted while your computer is communicating with our server. Teascript also performs additional encryption of the SSN before storing it in our database. The SSN is only decrypted when the transcript is printed or downloaded.

What is academic ranking anyway?

High school academic ranking (also known as class rank) compares a student’s cumulative GPA against fellow classmates’ GPAs. This commonly results in either a percentile (e.g. 90th percentile) or a ratio (e.g. top fifth of graduating class).

Many colleges see academic ranking as an important part of the application process. Despite this fact, only about 45% of high schools in America practice class ranking, public schools being more likely than private schools to rank their students. Because of this, colleges are looking to other sources to estimate a student’s academic ranking, such as standardized test scores.

This is why it’s so important to include multiple standardized test scores on your transcript. Fortunately, Teascript makes it easy to add these scores to your student’s high school transcript. Click here to get started for free.

New Feature: Custom Font Sizes

Another commonly requested feature is the ability to change the font size used on each transcript. This can now be done by clicking the “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editing page. Using a smaller font enables more information to be displayed on the transcript, while using a larger font makes the transcript more readable.

The ability to change fonts is available immediately on all upgraded Teascript accounts.

New Feature: Custom Fonts

Since it’s inception, Teascript has used the attractive Helvetica font on its transcripts. Some users have requested the ability to use a different font. This is now possible!

To switch fonts, click on the new “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editing page. The font drop-down will allow you to select between Helvetica and Times New Roman. (Additional choices will become available in the future.)

The ability to change fonts is available immediately on all upgraded Teascript accounts.

What is a homeschool transcript?

A homeschool transcript is essentially a detailed record of your high school student’s career. At minimum it should contain:

  • courses taken and completed
  • credits earned from completed courses
  • grades received
  • GPA (grade point average)
  • extracurricular activities

It’s usually a good idea to include standardized tests your student has taken, for example the SAT or ACT. Courses are generally listed by year (Freshman, Sophomore, etc) but might instead be listed by subject (Math, Science, English, etc) depending on what the college wants.

Fortunately, tools like Teascript make it incredibly easy to assemble a professional transcript that meets all of these requirements. Get started today for free!

New Feature: Unweighted GPAs

Weighted GPAs are what colleges typically want to see on al transcript. However, there are situations where a college specifically requests an unweighted GPA. Teascript now supports both!

A weighted GPA is displayed by default. To switch to an unweighted GPA, edit your transcript and check the box labeled “Use weighted GPA.”

Unweighted GPAs are available immediately on all Teascript accounts.