To access high school records, the first step is to check with administrators at the appropriate school, according to Answers.USA.gov. Staff members should be able to explain the local process.
If the specific school has closed, contact the administration of the school district that contained the school, Answers.USA.gov explains. To locate information about a school district, its state Department of Education should have contact details.
If you know the name or location of the school or district, another tactic is using the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences website. Enter as much address information as possible. You also have the option to narrow the search with characteristics such as type of school -- magnet or charter -- and grade span. This information is available for both public and private schools.
Schools often maintain several types of records, GreatSchools states. Cumulative files typically contain personal identification data, teacher reports, assessment results and report cards. Confidential files hold evaluations done by the school, reports of independent evaluators, released medical records, Individualized Education Programs, and correspondence between home and school. Some schools also maintain compliance files to demonstrate adherence to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Discipline files are sometimes compiled to hold information about suspensions or expulsions.