Emily's Corner: Entranced By Transcripts
Transcripts: in addition your knowledge, these are the school’s way of showing what you’ve done in high school. It contains record of every class you’ve taken, the grades you have gotten in those classes, and your overall Grade Point Average (GPA). Every high school student has one, so navigating the document and knowing how to use it is very important.
Mentors are often quoted saying something along the lines of, “but how much more do you have to do until this is transcripted?” While this question can seem a bit confusing, it’s actually relatively simple. How much more credit do you need in the course to finish the class? Regular courses are recorded on your transcript when you reach either a half a credit or a full credit, depending on the course. Once that credit is reached, the grade will be final and in turn, the credit will show up on your transcript.
Your transcript is divided into sections. There are sections for each term of your high school career, legacy courses you have taken, weighted and cumulative GPA, and general student information. This is basically a road map of everything you’ve done. It’s one of the first things colleges see upon viewing your application, and it’s how the school ensures that you’ve met all of your graduation requirements.
Knowing the difference between a weighted GPA and a cumulative GPA is crucial when it comes to comprehending what grades mean. Simply put, a weighted GPA has added bonus points for every AP or Honors class a student takes and passes. The cumulative GPA shows the most up-to-date version of those points. If you are unsatisfied with this GPA, consider taking more certified AP, Honors, or other college-level courses to boost your numbers.
You can access your transcript by logging into the software program Infinite Campus. Teachers and guidance counselors have access to the username and password information if there are student questions. Once logged in, transcripts can be found under the “Reports” tab on the left.
For parents who are looking at this transcript and wondering why it looks different from their high school years, don’t fret! For example, during freshman year, legacy students are expected to earn between seven and eight credits. This is the expectation for KM Perform students as well, however, it is common for student’s credit goals to fluctuate. If a student is worried about the credits they are earning, I recommend first talking to their mentor, and if further help is needed, their guidance counselor.
See? Relatively simple. Transcripts are nothing to be afraid of, and considering how important they are, something you should get familiar with. So congratulations to you, for now being able to navigate the road map of your high school career.