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Obtaining high school transcripts

Hi, I'm a junior and I've been researching different colleges. They all require official high school transcripts as part of the application process. Can someone explain to me how I could obtain official transcripts from my high school? Who should I contact at the school?

6 months ago

Hi there! To obtain your official high school transcripts, you'll want to follow these steps:

1. Identify the appropriate staff member: Speak with your school counselor or your school's registrar, as they are typically responsible for handling transcripts and other records. If your school has a specific administrative office or records office, you may need to contact them as well.

2. Make a request: Request your official transcripts from the designated staff member. You can either do this in person, via email, or through a written request form, depending on your school's preferred method. Some schools have online forms or portals where you can submit your request.

3. Provide necessary information: You'll need to provide your full name, date of birth, and any other required identification information. Additionally, you may need to specify the reason you are requesting the transcripts (for college applications, for example), as well as the number of copies you require.

4. Pay any applicable fees: Some schools charge a fee for each transcript copy. Make sure you know if there are any fees associated with your request and provide the necessary payment (if required).

5. Follow up: After submitting your request, you may want to periodically follow up with the appropriate staff member to ensure your transcripts are being processed in a timely manner, especially during peak college application season when schools tend to be busiest.

6. Sending transcripts to colleges: Once you have the transcripts, you typically don't send them to the colleges yourself. Instead, your school counselor or registrar should send them directly to the admissions offices at the colleges to which you are applying. Make sure they have a list of the colleges and their mailing addresses.

Keep in mind that obtaining your high school transcripts can take some time, so it's best to start the process early in your college application season. Good luck with your applications!

6 months ago

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