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How to build the perfect homeschool transcript

Redesign launched today!

We’re very excited to announce a redesign of Teascript that was deployed this morning. This is something we’ve been working on for a long time and we’re very happy to finally push this out to you. Here’s a sample of what’s new:

Redesigned home page

  • An improved visual layout
  • A larger transcript editor
  • Simplified navigation across the app
  • Responsive design looks great on mobile devices
  • A solid foundation for future expansion

We’re confident this redesign will make Teascript even easier and more streamlined for you to use. Check it out for yourself!

If you have feedback on the new design, we’d love to hear from you.

What is a weighted GPA?

A weighted GPA is built on the premise that not all high school classes are created equal. Some are more difficult than others. For instance, it’s more challenging to earn an “A” in an advanced placement math class than in a remedial math class. A fairly calculated GPA should reflect this reality. It sometimes means that your GPA will be above 4.0.

Public high schools differ in the amount of “weight” given to classes. In general, Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses are given one or two extra points, depending on the grade you received. For home schoolers, it’s wise to keep your extra weighted amount within these parameters. An example would be giving “5 points” for an AP science class rather than “3 points” for a traditional science class.

We recommend including both your weighted and unweighted GPA on your high-school transcript. That way, colleges can see both. Some colleges prefer to see a weighted GPA, while others focus on unweighted or simply look at the specific courses taken.

New feature: Customized section labels

Make your high school transcript even better with customized section labels! While before you could only manipulate pre-set labels in Teascript, this new feature gives you added freedom to easily create your own individualized labels from scratch.

For example, if you volunteered at two nonprofits during the summer between your junior and senior years, Teascript now gives you the ability to say exactly what you did and where!

To get started, sign in to your account and click the “Settings” button.

Click settings button

Enter your customized labels under “Section Labels.” Then click “Save Changes.”

Enter section labels

Back at your transcript, the custom label(s) will now appear. You can add any activity you wish under the labels as well.

Add activities

When you’re ready to print your transcript, the custom labels will look like this.

Printed transcript example

Did you find this new feature helpful? If so, drop us an email and let us know!

New feature: Page numbers

You asked for it and we’ve added it! All transcripts generated through Teascript now automatically receive page numbers. This is a convenience for colleges so they can quickly recognize if any pages are missing. (Generally it’s best to keep a transcript to a single page, but this numbering is helpful for those who need to generate multi-page transcripts.)

It’s easy to turn page numbers off if you desire: click on the “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editor and uncheck the box next to “Show page numbers.” Save your changes and re-generate your transcript. The page numbers won’t show up anymore.

We’d certainly appreciate feedback on this new feature.

New feature: Copy your transcript

Have you ever wanted to create a copy of an existing transcript and modify it for submission to a different college? Now you can.

The next time you login to Teascript you’ll notice a new “Copy” button at the top of the page. Click this button to create a copy of your transcript. The copy will include the student information, courses, exams, activities, and notes from your original transcript.

Enjoy, and definitely let us know what you think of this new feature!

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.