Category Archives: Homeschooling High School

SC Legislation Update for Homeschool and Public school families

UCHU here are new state legislation affecting homeschool and public school.


Last update: December 20, 2017
S 611 Summary: Homeschool Recognition Month


S30 Summary: High school graduation requirements

Requires a on-half credit course of study in personal finance with an end-of-year test as a requirement for high school graduation beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

S 31 Summary: Special education diploma
The state can award a special ed diploma instead of the certificate of attendance to handicap high school students.

S 43 Summary: High school study of U.S. Constitution
Provides that each public high school must provide instruction concerning the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence to each student for at least one year.

H 3350 Summary: School attendance requirements
Increases from seventeen to eighteen the age of the child at which a parent or guardian no longer has responsibility to cause the child to attend school.

S 231 Summary: Driver’s license
Provides that, in addition to other requirements to obtain full licensure, a person at least fifteen years of age and under twenty-one years of age who has never held a form of license evidencing previous driving experience must enroll in and successfully complete a driver training course conducted by a driver training school.

S 339 Summary: SC Promise Scholarship Act
Promise Scholarship offers another state run scholarship for students in public, private, or charter school and to home school students who use Option 1 or Option 2, but NOT Option 3.

S 241 Summary: Income tax credit
Authorizes a deduction from state of South Carolina taxable Income up to two thousand dollars per child per year to a parent or legal guardian for home school-related expenditures. This deduction is limited to a total of two thousand dollars per child per year regardless of the number of taxpayers incurring home school instruction-related expenses. The deduction allowed by this subsection is fully deductible for the calendar year in which the home school term begins provided the qualifying student completes the school term for that school year.

S 462 Summary: Uniform high school diplomas
Revises the requirements for diplomas to provide “personalized pathways” to education (something most home schoolers are currently doing anyway). This bill passed and was signed by the Governor on May 19th.

H 3583 Summary: Palmetto Fellows
Allows the Palmetto Scholarship to be deferred for 2 years after high school graduation. It has passed the House and is now in the Senate, with the change from 2 years to 1 year.

H 3663 Summary: Healthy Youth Act
Called the “Healthy Youth Act” requires all health standards to be “evidence based.”

H 3934 Summary: Income tax credit
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a parent or legal guardian who home schools may claim a credit of up to five thousand dollars for instruction-related expenditures.

H 4032 Summary: Life scholarship eligibility criteria
Beginning with School Year 2018-2019, an entering freshman at a four-year institution to be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship must be in the top thirty percent of his high school graduating class. For home school students and students whose high school graduating class is less than fifty students, the Commission on Higher Education may define alternative criteria for students to meet the requirement of item. This would require ranking in accountability groups by eliminating the other two criteria possibilities.

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Phone: 803-772-2330

Serving you and yours,

Angela Jordan Perry




Adding Composition and Literature during 7th-12th grade years (**New** YouTube video release)

Each week, if not daily I receive a variety of questions from my families as I make my daily care calls.  Thus far the frequent questions has been around Literature and composition for the 7th -12th grade years.

Frequent questions I receive regarding adding literature and composition are:

*when do I add literature and composition studies?

*how many books should be read?

*what all must be taught during composition?

*must I teach composition and literature the entire year?

*what types of literature must my student read?

*how do I grade the composition?

*what exactly is English I, English II, English III, English IV?

*when can I introduce my students to English I for high school credit?

*how do I make English I – English IV honors level course?

The YouTube video below should answer most of these questions. However, I’ve answered some of these questions down below.


Most often English I, II, III, IV studies can start in the 7th grade. If this is the case then students will complete the normal English credit studies in the 10th grade. What do you do then?

Great question!

For your homeschool student they can be done with their studies once they enter 11th and 12th grade or you can continue on to English V or consider dual enrollment English for them with one of our location colleges/community colleges that offer a dual enrollment program.

Other options will be not to officially began English I level high school credit courses until 9th grade. Allow the 7th and 8th grade literature and composition studies to be a basic intro into high school English I.

As the students read the literature of your choosing (or theirs) grading their work may be a challenge. My suggestion would be create a rubics that the student must follow and requirements that must be met to receive a satisfactory grade or points.

As the home educator you have the freedom to choose how to grade your children’s writing and completion of literature.

English studies are one of the easiest to weight as honors.

Simply add over and above what normal studies would be for English I – IV.

Extra reading, extra writing assignments, writing workshops, writing clubs, literature clubs etc. The rigor must be over and above what your normal English and comp class will entail THEN create a syllabus that indicates the work over and above your standard for the course.

If you are a member of my association I will ask to look over your Honors syllabus to ensure they are satisfactory for college standards and are in fact ‘Honors’ work completed.

Google is a good friend! When you are looking for writing ideas, Google it.

Looking for various literature ideas for reading Google it or check the link below for the list I have on my website

Click the above hyperlink for my suggestions!

Use Progney Press’s literature workbooks to enhance the learning and pull out the additional learning you’d like for your children to glean from the various literature books that they read. (Progney Press has literature workbooks as early as Kindergarten)

If you have more questions or have comments please share your comments.

(Be sure to share this information with a homeschooling family member, friend or neighbor. It just may be the information that they were needing to know.)

Happy reading!


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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, Racial Unity activist and one who is practicing Yeshua. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Are you Homeschooling High Schoolers? Then you may want to know this………

I remember well when I quickly arrived to homeschooling high school.

It was unbelievable that we were there ALREADY!

i wish I had known

All the fear and hype that people had shared with me was now right before me and……..Ok, no biggie, is what I ultimately felt.

We have, as of this writing, graduated one student from homeschool with two more waiting in the wings just a few years away.

The one big thing I’ve learned is DON’T SWEAT IT!

I meet so many parents who literally are in a *tizzy* about the high school years.

Breath. It is going to be okay.

Well……… is some encouragement for you 🙂

Click HERE to learn more.

Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Homeschooling High School

Satisfying Computer Science elective for high school

Homeschoolers are always looking for ways to satisfy the computer science credit other than keyboarding.

Here are just a few option for computer programming both FREE and for purchase.

Simply keep a log of students work time on a particular project.
150-180 hours of logged work equates to the satisfied credit earned for computer science.

Have fun!

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