Making a high school record can be intimidating at first. So, we've put together a crash course to get you started. We hope you find it helpful!
Good record-keeping is of great importance during high school. Keeping a complete, detailed log of everything your child does in high school will:
One tip we definitely recommend is to organize as you go. You do not want to wait until your child's senior year to begin putting together their high school record! By setting up a system of organization from the beginning and sticking with it, you won't be missing an important piece of information when you need it. Also, by starting at the beginning of your child's career, you can more readily see "holes" or potential problems in your child's education while there is still time to fix it. Finally, you don't want to miss out on potential credits through extracurricular activities (which we will talk about more later.)
Record-keeping doesn't have to be complicated. We've broken it down into some simple components.
1. Get a binder. We recommend the Better Binder. This is the best binder we have ever found. It holds up under a lot of abuse.
2. Research your state's graduation requirements. Find out the
3. Make a high school plan. This, essentially, is where you map out which classes your child is going to take in what academic year. Now, it's important to realize that your child can begin earning high school credit in 7th and 8th grade (for completing high school level work). Starting in 7th or 8th grade
So there are a lot of good reasons for starting your child's high school plan before ninth grade. If your child is already entering high school and you're just now thinking about credits, graduation, and high school plans, that's perfectly fine. You're not behind! But, if you are starting earlier, it opens up more options.
Depending on when you are starting, make a 6-, 5-, or 4-year high school plan. (Our High School Record-Keeping Journal has worksheets to make this easier.) This is where you take the credits your state requires and fill in what year your student plans on earning those credits. Remember, this is loose. Don't feel like whatever you come up with is etched in stone. As our children mature and their interests expand, this plan might change.
4. Track your child's credits. As your child earns them, make sure you record the class name, number of credits earned, grade and year it was earned. (Our Record-Keeping Journal includes worksheets for this, as well as a place to record any Honors, AP, CLEP or dual enrollment credits and GPA.)
In addition to these things, you will want to keep records of
Keep anything and everything! You never know when you might need it.
Upon graduation, all this information is compiled into a high school transcript and, if your child is college-bound, will greatly help when applying to colleges.
We organized the information into a printable info graphic for you! Just click on the image to print.
For part two of High School Record-Keeping (Calculating and Awarding High School Credits), click here.
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