Home schoolers in Texas are not required to keep educational records, but recordkeeping can be a valuable tool for various reasons, such as college entrance requirements and scholarship opportunities, or for future employment opportunities. Home school records are used to document your child’s academic and extracurricular experiences and achievements.

Options range from keeping your own binder with grades, subject completion, and other pertinent information, to using computer software such as TranscriptPro or Transcript Boot Camp on DVD.

THSC Member Benefit: High School Transcript
Members of THSC can download a free high school transcript offered in two different formats. If you are experienced at Microsoft Excel, then you will love the spreadsheet version that calculates the student’s GPA for you. If you are not familiar with spreadsheets, then the fill-in PDF version is perfect for you.

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Types of information to retain can include:

  • Grades
  • Curriculum used
  • Subjects mastered
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Standardized testing scores
  • Work samples
  • A reading list

Retaining home school records can also be incredibly beneficial if you are ever involved in a court case or custody situation. Proof of your bona fide home schooling can thwart attempts to deprive you of your rights as a parent.