Online Record Keeping for Homeschool with Applecore

Disclosure: I received a Gold Level of Applecore for free. I was already personally using this product, but received an upgraded version for the purpose of this review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are honest; I was not required to post a positive review.
Does Homeschool record keeping seem overwhelming? Applecore is a simple and affordable online record keeping system that takes the stress out of reporting grades, attendance, and preparing transcripts for college applications.

One of the things I think every homeschool mom wonders about it is how to keep up with grades, attendance, and other necessary records. It can be a little overwhelming when you first start, especially since record keeping is so personal and there is no set method for everyone to follow. Whether you are a paper/pencil person or a computer whiz with spreadsheets and formulas, finding a homeschool record keeping system that is easy to use consistently and works for your personality is important.

As I’ve talked with friends considering the choice to homeschool, I’ve received the same question, “How do you keep up with grades and attendance?” Thankfully, I had an answer!

My Homeschool Record Keeping System

To be honest, we’re still in fairly easy record keeping territory–after all, we’re only doing first grade! Yay for checkmarks and smiley faces! Currently, I keep a notebook portfolio of Jonah’s work. Since some of our activities are project-based, I take pictures and add them as a simple scrapbook page. Attendance and grade reporting is done through Applecore which is part of our account with Homelife Academy, our umbrella school.

Homeschool Portfolio to keep up with projects and completed work

What is Applecore?

Applecore is an online record keeping service for homeschool families. With Applecore, you can track courses, grades, and attendance–with the option to print report cards and transcripts.

Applecore | Grade Recording for Homeschool

Applecore Features:

  • Courses & Grades–Keep track of semester grades and courses easily
  • Transcripts–Create professional looking transcripts
  • Attendance–Keep track of attendance with the click of a button
  • Schedule–Make schedules and keep up with your school calendar
  • Portfolio–Keep a running list of all those important clubs, volunteer work, etc.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my Applecore dashboard. I did a “straight out of the box” video giving you a chance to see how easy it is to set up and use. (Note: If you can’t see the video below, here is the direct link to my Behind-the-scenes look at Applecore video)

Benefits to Applecore

For me, I think the biggest benefit to Applecore is that everything is stored in one place online, can be accessed, and printed. If I lose a paper, I can just print it again. If I were using a paper only system, a lost paper would be, well…lost. The online system is great for peace of mind for a slightly frazzled and forgetful mom like me. I don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting something on my computer that I needed, or worry about losing important paperwork should we have a tragedy where we lost everything.

Applecore is very easy to use. While pretty self-explanatory, there are tutorials and videos in the “Help” section, should you need them. Even if you don’t consider yourself super computer savvy, I think it would be easy enough to navigate.

While we don’t need to worry about transcripts yet, they will be here before I know it! I think the transcript portion is fabulous for keeping up with high school credits and college applications.

Applecore | Homeschool Attendance Tracker

What I Wish Applecore Would Add

One thing that I wish Applecore would add to the Portfolio section is the ability to scan and upload work samples or upload pictures of projects. So much of what we do now is project-based, and with younger students the easiest way to show progress is by comparing work samples. I think this capability would make the portfolio portion more well-rounded. Obviously, this isn’t a deal-breaker for me, just a wish.

Also, the grade reporting section is currently only for end of semester grades. I think having the ability to enter individual assignment grades and have the system calculate them would be a nice addition.

Applecore | Homeschool Record Keeping

 Applecore Price Plans

The Basic plan is FREE! There are two paid options, with a difference of $10 between the two plans. I think the fees are fairly reasonable, especially when you factor in that you can use this for all of your children at the same time. Applecore also has group rates available for co-ops and homeschool groups.

Applecore | Online Record Keeping for Homeschool

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Comments

  1. We love Applecore!

  2. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway.

  3. I haven’t tried Applecore so I’m not sure what feature I like best. I have tried online planners before and have never stuck with them, except for Evernote. But it doesn’t keep up with grades. It would be nice to have something that kept everything in one place.

  4. Hmm . . . I think I like just the idea of keeping records!!! I rely a lot on Asher’s paper book that we keep, but as they get older some of the activities they are involved in want to see his report card.

  5. I am SOOO bad at keeping records. Part of me likes paper, JIC something happens to the power, ect. I just don’t know…

  6. Amanda Ballard says:

    Wow that sounds amazing! I would love to try it.

  7. Amy Lanham says:

    This looks great! I have pretty much just kept paper records up till now, but I am really hoping to win this! LOL Bring me to the technological age!

  8. I should be keeping grades…but it is so hard to get started, after years of not really grading but just making sure they “knew” the subject.

  9. Oh, I have only done the pencil and paper method. 🙂

  10. I love that it is all online! That means if my computer crashes (like it did in the past), I won’t lose all my carefully typed-in records (like I have in the past!)!

  11. We’re using paper right now (kindergarten) but I’m seeing already that a digital system would be much better. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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