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A Complete Guide To Homeschooling In SC (South Carolina)

Homeschooling is popular all over the United States, and each state has different rules and regulations about how you can do it.

It is completely legal to homeschool in any state, but some are more strict than others.

If you live in South Carolina and you want to homeschool your kids, then you have come to the right place.

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Whether you are a seasoned homeschool teacher who wants a bit of a refresh or this is your first time homeschooling, you will find all the information you need here.

We have put together a complete guide to homeschooling in South Carolina, so read on to find out everything you need to know.

Requirements For Homeschooling In South Carolina

As with homeschooling in any other state in the US, South Carolina has a list of rules and regulations you will need to keep in line with in order to legally homeschool your kids.

South Carolina has three different homeschooling options that you can choose from, and each option has slightly different requirements.

Take a look at each of the options below for more information.

School District

The most common homeschooling option in the state is through the school district.

When you choose this option, you will have to send your curriculum to the school district and wait for them to approve it.

You cannot proceed with homeschooling until they have agreed to your curriculum.

Other requirements you will have to meet here include:

  • Any children who are at first-grade level and eligible must take a test in order to determine how ready they are for first-grade instruction.
  • Standardized tests are required yearly for all students.
  • Homeschool record-keeping is also required and should include a portfolio with information such as subjects and activities covered, academic work, and student progress.

South Carolina Association Of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS)

The second option for homeschooling comes in the form of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS).

This is a faith-based organization that oversees and keeps records of all homeschooled children who enroll with it.

Other requirements for SCAIHS include:

  • You must pay a fee of $350-$450 for membership, as well as additional fees.
  • Annual testing is another requirement for children between the grades of 3-11.
  • Parents must keep attendance records and progress reports for each homeschooled child.

The SCAIHS, in return, will keep permanent records for each student, as well as high school transcripts, services for students with special needs, and a high school diploma upon graduation.

South Carolina Accountability Association

The final homeschooling option you can choose is the South Carolina Accountability Association. This option is considered to be the most popular option in the state.

This option gives you the most free reign over curriculum choices and style of instruction, and there are no testing requirements needed here.

Some of the other requirements you need to meet for this option include:

  • Parents must have their high school diploma or equivalent in order to legally teach their children.
  • You must teach over 180 days (minimum).
  • You must include and teach the required subjects in your curriculum (more on this later).
  • Educational records must be kept by the parent-teacher (more information below)

Record Keeping In South Carolina

Record keeping differs depending on which option of homeschooling you choose to do. Regardless of which you choose, there is some form of record-keeping that is required, so let’s take a look at them now.

If you are homeschooling via the school district option, you are required by law to keep records in the form of a portfolio.

This portfolio should include information such as subjects and activities covered, academic work, test scores, and student progress.

If you are homeschooling via the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) option, you get a bit of extra help with record keeping.

This organization will oversee and take accountability for the records kept, but it is up to you as the parent-teacher to keep attendance records and progress reports for each homeschooled child you teach.

Finally, if you are homeschooling via the South Carolina Accountability Association, you are in charge of and must keep educational records of each individual homeschooled child.

You should keep information such as subjects covered, academic work, test scores, attendance, and student progress.

Qualifications For Homeschooling In South Carolina

Regardless of what homeschooling option you choose in South Carolina, it is only legal to homeschool as a parent if you have your high school diploma or equivalent.

If you do not have this qualification, you will not legally be allowed to teach in the state of Carolina.

It is important to get your high school diploma or equivalent before you begin the homeschooling process. If you don’t have it, you will not be able to proceed further.

Required Subjects For Homeschooling In South Carolina

Regardless of the homeschooling option that you choose, there is a list of required subjects you will have to teach in order to fit in with the rules and requirements of the state.

The following subjects are legally required to be taught in the state of Carolina:

  • Reading & Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Between the grades of 7 and 12, you must also teach the following:

  • Composition & Literature

As long as you are teaching these subjects as part of your child’s curriculum, you should have no issues, and you will be complying with the South Carolina state laws.

Days Required For Homeschooling In South Carolina

Homeschoolers in the state of South Carolina are required by law to be taught 180 days per academic year. You cannot teach less days than that, but you can teach more if you wish.

It is generally recommended that you stick to the 180 days rather than adding more though.

Depending on the option of homeschooling you choose, the days required may differ slightly, but it is important to speak to the association you are working with to find out any relevant information regarding this.

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Standardized Testing In South Carolina

Standardized testing in South Carolina depends largely on what homeschooling option you have chosen. Each of the three options has slightly different rules regarding standardized testing, so let’s take a look at them now.

If you are homeschooling via the school district, standardized testing is required yearly for all homeschooled children you are teaching.

You are also required to keep records of these tests and the results.

If you are homeschooling via the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS), annual testing is required for children between the grades of 3 and 11.

You must also keep records of these tests, but the SCAIHS should keep these records for you.

If you are homeschooling via the South Carolina Accountability Association, there are no standardized testing requirements.

You can put your children up for testing if you want to, but it is not legally required if you choose this option.

Graduation Requirements In South Carolina

Like most of the other key points we have covered here, graduation requirements differ depending on the homeschooling option of your choice.

Each of the homeschooling options in South Carolina offers graduation requirements, so whichever option you choose, you don’t have to worry about your kids not graduating.

Below, you will find a breakdown of the graduation requirements for each option.

School District

The school district option does require approval for curriculum and testing options, but they do not oversee or provide a diploma for your children upon graduation.

It is up to you as the parent-teacher to determine when your children can graduate and what requirements they need to meet, and you must also provide a high school diploma for them.

You, as the parent-teacher, are also responsible for creating a high school transcript for your children.

South Carolina Association Of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS)

The SCAIHS provides specific “tracks” you and your children can follow towards graduation, and these vary depending on what their post-high school goals are.

It is important for you to talk with the SCAIHS and your children to see which of these tracks would best suit them going forward.

South Carolina Accountability Association

Through this option, graduation is determined by the parents. It is up to you as the parent-teacher to decide what the minimum graduation requirements are, as well as deciding what your child’s post-high school plan is.

You will also administer a high school diploma to your children yourself if you choose this option.

See also: Homeschooling in North Carolina.

Conclusion

South Carolina has a bit of a different format when it comes to homeschooling, but now you know more about the different options, you should have a better idea of what path to go down.

There is help and support within each of these options, so don’t be afraid to seek advice if you need it.

Use the tips, tricks, and information we have provided in this guide to choose the right option for your children when homeschooling.

And remember- you need your high school diploma or equivalent in order to homeschool legally in South Carolina.

Next up: Learn about homeschooling in Ohio.

Simon Lewis

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