How to get school record information to colleges, scholarship coordinators or potential employers Step 1: Know your documents There is a difference between a report card, an historical grade record and a transcript. A report card shows the school’s name and address, parents’ name and address, student’s name, reporting period, grades for a specific trimester and general grading and school information. First- and second- trimester report cards are given to students and contain grades from the respective trimester. The third-trimester report card contains a record of all grades received for the trimester and it is mailed to the student’s home address. An historical grade record is an internal school report which simply lists a student’s grades from 9th grade to current. It is used mainly at the school to clear fines, LCAs, incompletes and other housekeeping items. Either report may be used to document grades for good student insurance discounts. A transcript is the cumulative secondary school record of a student. It begins with contact information for both the student and Idaho Falls High School. The first section also contains the student’s birth date, guardian name, gender, graduation date, year of graduating class and the date the transcript was run. The graduation date is blank until the student has graduated and final grades are on the transcript. The next section is a record of the student’s grades from 9th grade to the last completed trimester. Transcripts are not final until the end of the senior school year and generally are available a week or two after the end of the school year. Senior grades are reported early, but the transcripts are finalized with the rest of the district at the end of the year. The last section contains grading scale information so others know how to interpret our grades and credits; grade point average summary, and the space for the official signature and date. The transcript does not include standardized test results, such as the ACT, SAT or Compass sores. It also does not include the student’s immunization record. Step 2: Determine what type of transcript you need to provide The Official Transcript is a record of your school information and grades. The Official Transcript is signed by a school official and paper-crimped with the official school seal. It is sent directly from the school to the college or business for which it is requested. Request for Transcript forms are available on-line at www.ifschools.org or at the Counselors Office. There is a $2 fee for official transcripts sent to colleges. There is no charge for transcripts sent out for scholarships or employment. The unofficial transcript is the same record of your school information and grades as the official transcript. The difference is that it is not signed or sealed and it may be given directly to the student or parent. It also may be referred to as a progress or current transcript. There is no charge for this transcript. Step 3: Order your transcript Educational records are protected from disclosure by the Family Educational Records Privacy Act. People may face penalties under state and federal law for sharing transcript information with unauthorized individuals. Because of this no transcript will be sent from the Counselors Office without a written release from the student or, if the student is 17-years-old or younger, the parent. Release forms are the “Request For Transcript” form available in the Counselors Office or the District #91 release available on-line at www.ifschools.org. The transcript link at the bottom of the left-hand menu. The Counselors Office asks requests be made no later than two weeks before the application deadline.