South Carolina Homeschool


South Carolina Homeschool Attendance Ages:  Children that turn 5 years old before September 1 of the current school year are eligible to enroll into a homeschool program within the state of South Carolina.  Students are eligible for homeschool up until they turn 17 or graduates high school. 

South Carolina Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: South Carolina requires all homeschool students to receive at least 180 days of instruction.

South Carolina Homeschool Required Subjects: South Carolina home school students must learn the following subjects:
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Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies; composition and literature in grades 7-12.

South Carolina Home School Eligibility

There are three options to legally home school:

Parents may teach their children at home if the instruction is approved by the district board of trustees. The boards shall approve (they have no discretion) if:

1.
The parent has either: (a) at least a high school diploma or GED (b) or earned a baccalaureate degree
2
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The instructional day is at least four and one-half hours, and the year at least 180 days;

3.
The curriculum includes the required subjects listed above;

4.
The parent presents a system of maintaining records as evidence of regular instruction including:

a) a plan book or other record of subjects taught and activities,
b) a portfolio of the child’s work, and
c) a record of academic evaluations, with a semiannual progress report to be submitted to the school
district;

5.
The student has access to library facilities;

6.
The student participates in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment
Program; and

7.
The parents release the district from liability regarding their child’s education.
Parents may appeal school district decisions to the State Board of Education within ten days. They may
appeal State Board decisions to the Family Court within 30 days.

Option II.
Parents may teach their children at home by becoming members of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS).  Parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools exempts the home school from further requirements.  Under this option parents or guardians must meet the following requirements:

(1) hold at least a high school diploma or GED;
(2) the instructional year is at least 180 days; and
(3) the curriculum includes the required subjects listed above.

Home schoolers who become members of SCAIHS are exempt from all other requirements listed in Option I above.
Option III. Parents may teach their children at home by becoming members of an association for home schools which has at least fifty members.  Parents or guardians may teach their children at home
if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for home schools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of the associations exempts the home school from further requirements.  Under this option parents or guardians must meet the following requirements:

1.
Hold at least a high school diploma or GED;
2. An instructional year of at least 180 days;
3. The curriculum includes the required subjects listed above; and
4. Educational records maintained by the parent include:
a. A plan book or other record of subjects taught and activities;
b. A portfolio of the child’s work; and
c. A semiannual progress report.
South Carolina Teacher Qualifications: Parents must have a high school diploma or GED.

Sout Carolina Homeschool Standardized Testing Requirements: All students that compile under Option I above must participate in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment Program, and if they do not perform well enough on the test to meet the public school promotion standard for advancing to the next grade, the school district will decide if they should be put in a public school, receive special handicapped services, or have instructional
support for home schooling at the parents’ expense.  The tests must be administered by a certified school district employee. Those who enroll in SCAIHS (Option II) or another home school
association (Option III) are exempt from state testing.

Home Visits: On February 27, 1989, the Attorney General issued an opinion declaring that school districts have no authority to require home visits.
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