This post is the fourth in a series Yearbook Process and Production. In this series I’ll be sharing how different homeschool groups create their yearbooks and we’ll include critiques of the different software programs that we used. If you would like to have information included about your yearbook program, be sure to include a comment below.
Who is the yearbook for?
Support Group Yearbook
Who does the yearbook layout?
Mostly the students, with parent help.
Do you have a yearbook club or class?
Yes, we did. I was the advisor for several years for our support group. I had a group of 6-8 middle and high school students who met twice a month to learn and work on layouts. All photos were submitted by parents online and then categorized into folders for each layout. The students worked independently with my guidance, then me and another mom edited and proofed the entire book. We had another mom do the ad section.
How many yearbooks do you typically produce a year?
How many pages?
Color or BW?
Softcover or hard cover?
What was your cost per book?
Around $46, some of which was paid for by ads.
If you did any fundraiser to decrease the cost to your families, what did you charge for your book?
We sold each book for $25 due to ad sales.
What software did you use? What company did you use to print your yearbook?
We didn’t use a software, but we had online access to the layout program through the publisher: School Annual.com
What were the pros and cons of your program?
We had to order a minimum of 75 books which was more than we needed, so we had lots left over. It was difficult to get parental support from all members, so the bulk of the work (planning, sales, etc,) rested on a few.
What improvements would you like to make next time?
After several years of having one, we discontinued the book this year due to low participation.
Please share any photos or additional comments.
My family wants to make our own yearbook this year, but I don’t know of a service for just a couple of books that isn’t prohibitively expensive. The yearbooks we produced in the past were stellar, but since our support group had gotten so small, it just wasn’t feasible to continue.