The student’s high school transcript reflects the individualized progress of a student’s academic work and is not designed to display all of the student’s activities.

  • It is best for a transcript to be simple and to the point—more is not always better.
  • We recommend no more than 7 or 8 credits per year because the transcript may look padded or crowded.
  • Courses such as Life Skills and volunteer work should not be on the transcript of a college-bound student, as that may actually weaken the transcript.
  • Non-academic information should be put in the portfolio (see below).


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Building a strong transcript

  • Use specific course titles when possible.
  • Course titles should represent the course content.
  • Consider any prerequisites and corequisites when planning courses for high school.
  • Example, a student would not take Physics while taking Algebra 1 since Physics requires a much higher level of math. Textbook companies and publishers typically have this information available online.
  • Review your student’s records on a regular basis for any potential errors such as duplicate courses, missing courses, spelling errors, missing grades, missing credits, and etc.
  • HLA counselors will do annual Transcript Reviews for each student in grades 9th-12th to help you stay on track and look for possible errors.
  • Please pay attention to these reviews as counselors may note potential problems or errors.



Portfolios for High School Students:

  • The optional portfolio in Applecore is available for all grade levels.
  • The portfolio is a formal record of all extra-curricular activities, community service, volunteer work, work experience, church work, awards, accomplishments, leadership positions, clubs, and organizations, activities, projects, descriptions of coursework, etc.
  • Use as a mini-resume for your student for job interviews and scholarship interviews by keeping the activites and complishments from grades 9 -12 current and fresh when the time comes that you need the information.
  • While every portfolio will look different for different students, here is a sample to give you an idea of the type of information to including on your student’s portfolio.
  • You will want to keep track of these activities for college scholarship purposes.
  • It is like getting a record of all the classes a student completed (official transcript) WITH a complete resume of extra-curricular activities (official portfolio).
  • If your student is not college-bound the portfolio can be sent to tech colleges, employers, or simply kept as a record for later use.
  • The portfolio can be printed, sealed and sent along with the official transcript.
  • Please specify if you want the portfolio included when requesting official transcripts.