FAQs: UCHU-AA

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Updated Aug. 18, 2016

How long have UCHU-AA been serving the homeschooling community of SC?

2014-2015 school year will be our first year providing services for the homeschool community at such affordable pricing! I see my services to the homeschool community as a ‘labor of love’ and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family along your homeschooling journey under Option 3- Section 59.65.47.

When will my membership cards be mailed out to me?

Membership cards along with your UCHU-AA acceptance letter will be mailed out on the 1st or 15 of the month AFTER membership fees have been received and processed. So if you become a member of UCHU-AA on the 20th of the month, you can expect your membership cards and membership letter to be mailed out on the 1st of the following month.

What is the registration period to become a member of UCHU-AA?

UCHU-AA’s registration will be open from June 1 until the last day of December 31 each homeschooling year.

Why does UCHU-AA have a registration period?

The purpose of registration period or having a small window of time for registration is to attempt to guard against the association growing larger than desired. It is my desire to keep an intimate and personable association with the families in which I serve. Often times in a large association those precious element, intimacy and the ability to remain personal with members are lost. Prayerfully a small registration period will afford this goal being met and maintained.

 

How many membership cards will I receive?

Each UCHU-AA member will receive two (2) membership cards. One is provided for each parent/guardian of the homeschooling student(s).

 

Must I live in the Upstate to be eligible for membership with UCHU-AA?

You do NOT have to be a resident of the Upstate area to be eligible for membership with UCHU-AA.

 

I am excited and I  want to homeschool my children, what must I do to get the ball rolling?

First know the expectations that are set for a ‘desiring’ home educator.

  1. Choose under which homeschooing option for the state that you would like to home school under. Start by reading this link.
  2. If you choose to homeschool under Option three of Homeschooling Law 59-65-47 (which most homeschoolers choose), then ensure that the parent-educator  at least holds a high school diploma, GED per the above law Section 59-65-47.
  3. Join an association like UCHU-AA.🙂 However there are a list of Option 3 Accountability Associations listed on the website of Department of Education at http://www.ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/125/
  4. If your child(ren) is in public school submit withdrawal paperwork along with your association membership letter.
  5. Then commit to abiding by the laws laid out in Third Option Homeschool Law 59-5-47.

 

Why is UCHU-AA not accepting *NEW* families with rising 11th nor 12th grade students for the current homeschooling to the association?

It is my desire to be able to have one FULL year with the student in the association before submitting a 12 grade transcript or have that student included in the class rankings.

So with that said, families that are new to UCHU-AA may join if their homeschool student(s) are 9th, 10th, 11th BUT NOT 12th grade within the current homeschooling year.

Additionally, to ensure that ranking order does not drastically change for current members of UCHU-AA who has students that are 11th and 12th grade, no new members with rising 12th graders for the current homeschooling year is permitted.

Adjustments to this policy will change as needed.

Why is the cost so low?

In comparison to other associations the $20 membership fee for a family with UCHU-AA  is pretty low in cost. It is the desire of UCHU-AA to provide a very affordable service that is required under third-option homeschooling.  Additionally, my husband is the main bread-winner of our family so it is not necessary to have higher cost to add to our income. Just enough of a fee to cover basics for the operation of the association.

Lastly, I truly see UCHU-AA as a ‘labor of love’, more so as a ministry unto the Lord and to the homeschooling community. And for that it doesn’t cost a lot to do.🙂 Making it affordable yet comparable to what you could and can receive with my sister accountability associations.

 

What month must UCHU-AA membership be renewed?

In the month of May each year you will be sent a reminder email regarding your membership renewal for the up and coming school year. Homeschool families of the current homeschooling year may renew their membership each May. Open enrollment will begin in June 1 of the current homeschooling year. UCHU-AA membership is from June until July of the current homeschooling year. Open registration is only during the months of June 1 until December 31 of the current homeschooling year. After that those desiring membership must contact Angela directly for this consideration.

I don’t live in the Upstate. Can I still become a member of UCHU-AA?

Yes, anyone can become a member of UCHU-AA even if you don’t live in the Upstate.🙂 Just keep in mind that if you have a child that is either in Kindergarten or is a 12th grader you and your family will have to drive a little ways for GRADUATION.🙂

Why are UCHU-AA only having membership enrollment during the months of June 1  until December 31 each homeschooling year?

In efforts to keep the number of UCHU-AA members at a controlled number, I believe it is best to have open enrollment within a short window of time within the year.

 

With membership fees as low as they are does UCHU-AA plan to be around for a while?

My husband and I have been homeschooling for 16 years now with 13 more years to go.🙂 We have ages from 20 to 5 yrs. in the home. We have graduated our first two children form homeschool with six more to follow. So UCHU-AA will be around for a while Lord willing!

Why is there a $1.00 Paypal transaction fee?

For every transaction that is conducted through UCHU-AA using paypal, UCHU-AA incurs a charge. The small requested $1.00 fee is to cover that small expense.

 

Why can’t I just mail in a check?

For the purpose of keeping the administration of UCHU-AA simple and to be paperless as possible in areas in which I can, I have decided to handle all payments through Paypal.

The great thing is that opening up a Paypal account is Free, Quick and Simple.🙂

However if you *must* mail in a check payment that will be taken into consideration.

 

What services will you provide other than third option accountability?

*Membership cards (2) providing proof of your homeschooling status

* An acceptance letter

*Replacement letters are available at a replacement fee

*Rush membership consideration is available at cost

* Up-to-date information regarding the laws of home educating in our state as we receive those updates and are aware of them

* High School transcripts that are in line with the Commission of Higher Education  (parents must submit students numerical grades for students each high school year on January 15 and May 15) (at a fee)

* An UCHU-AA issued high School Diploma (at a fee)

* Report cards for each child (parents must send in grades at the end of the year) (at a fee)

*DMV letter (no extra fee). Normally the membership acceptance letter will suffice.

* Counseling and encouragement as needed along your home educating journey

* Membership into UCHU-Email Support Group (unless you are already a member)

*Senior and Kindergarten graduation (at a fee for participation)

 

What is third option accountability?

In our state homeschoolers are required to fall under ONE of the THREE spheres of homeschooling to be considered compliant with the state Law. Third option homeschooling Section 59-65-47 is the most least evasive and many homeschoolers prefer this options.

 

I’ve heard the terminology of  “homeschooling umbrella.” Is this the same as ‘accountability association?’

Normally when homeschoolers are talking about accountability association you will hear terminology such as ‘umbrella’, ‘homeschooling covering’, ‘homeschool association’ to all be making reference of  ‘homeschooling accountability association” which is required for third options homeschooling families to be members of.

 

To join UCHU-AA do I have to cancel my  membership at the other  association I am apart of?

Each homeschooling family should be members under ONE association. Each association by Third option homeschooling law is required to report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts  by January 30 of the current school year. If you were to be members of more than one association then the reported numbers would be doubled.

If you are currently a member of another association yet desire to have UCHU-AA become your accountability association, simply submit your application and fees to UCHU-AA.

Although it’s not necessary it certainly would be a kind gesture to inform your current association that you will be moving your choice of third-option accountability membership to another.

At what  point am I considered a member of UCHU-AA?

Once your application and fees are received and accepted your membership is immediate at that point. Memberhip is not automatic. The director administrator has full discretion to membership acceptance and/or denial.

 

How do I withdraw my student from public schooling to now being home educated under third option with UCHU-AA as my accountability association?

You will want to submit your application and membership fees to UCHU-AA to  become a member. After which inform your school of your intent to homeschool under Option 3. Present them with your membership letter. Some schools will have required paperwork for you to complete in order to withdraw your student. Usually the withdrawal process is simple and easy.

If I have a child that is 9th-12th grade why must I submit numerical grades for ranking even if my child does not plan to attend college?

In order for any UCHU-AA member’s student that is in the 9th-12th grade to receive possible consideration for a state funded scholarship it is required that all 9th-12th grade students that are receiving an academic diploma to be added to UCHU-AA’s ranking report. For some state funded scholarships and college admission requirements high school ranking is vital. UCHU-AA desires to provide the opportunities that require ranking to those homeschool students that desire to apply for state funding just as public/private schools are afforded. To attempt to satisfy this possibility of qualification for state funding all of UCHU-AA 9th-12th grade students must submit numerical grades by May 31 of the current homeschooling year.

 

What if I, as the parent/teacher, do not desire for my child to be added to UCHU-AA’s ranking report?

Any parent/teacher that does not submit numerical grades for their students while in either the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades while a member of UCHU-AA that student will receive a 2.0 gpa that will be filed on UCHU-AA’s ranking report. This 2.0 gpa may certainly be higher than what the student could have. But failure to submit the grades within the specified deadline period as set forth by UCHU-AA will ultimately result in a 2.0 gpa which will allow for a fully complete ranking report by UCHU-AA.

 

Is it true that now South Carolina has changed over to a 10 point Grading Scale?

Yes, this is true. As of August 2016 middle school and high school should began using the 10 point grading scale for the SC Uniform Grading Scale. Click HERE to print off this new grading scale.

 

Will the past years of GPA have to be changed over to the 10 point Grading Scale?

Right now this information has not been clarified or released from the Department of Education. For now past years will remain under the *old* SC Uniform Grading Scale. All grades from August 2016 onward will fall under the new SC Uniform Grading Scale. Any updates will be provided to families in the monthly UCHU-AA newsletter.

I have questions. When and how can I contact you?

My office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. by phone. You may email me at Director@UCHUnlimited.com or you may call at 864.300.2236.

I generally will respond to your contact on those office days and during those office hours. If not, I will do so on the following office hours.

My student is not receiving academic graduation status but is receiving only a proof of attendance graduation status because he/she has special needs/learning delay status. With this in mind must I still submit numerical grades for my student for UCHU-AA’s ranking report each homeschool year as well as the current homeschool year?

If your student has special needs/learning delays and thus will be receiving a certificate of attendance for graduation the student does not have to have any numerical grades submit during their years in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade while they are members of UCHU-AA.

What exactly is the required submission of a 90 day and 180 day attendance card?

The 90 and 180 day attendance cards are to be submitted once each family has reached these milestones within the homeschooling year. 90 days will usually indicate the mid-way point of your current homeschooling year.

180 day will usually indicate the end of your current homeschooling year.

 

How do I complete and turn in the 90 day and 180 attendance card?

At www.UCHUnlimited.com under the tab for *Accountability Association* you will see the tab where you may complete your 90 day and 180 day attendance cards. It’s an electronic application that you can complete online.

Or you may click HERE to go directly to the 90/180 Attendance card form.

 

Why must I complete a 90 day and 180 day attendance card?

The purpose of the 90 day and 180 day attendance card is to provide accountability of keeping and maintaining proper attendance for each of your homeschooling student.

 

Will UCHU-AA be responsible for keeping me informed of the Commission on Higher Education’s (or CHE) requirements for state funded scholarships or must I stay abreast of this information?

Because the Commission on Higher Education’s requirements for the various state funded scholarships change continually it is the parent’s responsibility to stay informed by checking with the Commission on Higher Education for updates and changes to their policy or requirements. You may stay informed by visiting frequently Comission on Higher Education’s website at http://www.che.sc.gov/

 

If I am just becoming a member of UCHU-AA and my student is an incoming 9th grader must I submit a transcript or numerical grades to UCHU-AA?

Yes, all students in 9th,10th, 11th or 12th grade that are current members of UCHU-AA or just joining UCHU-AA in 9th,10th, 11th or 12th grade years must submit numerical grades to be added into UCHU-AA’s ranking policy rather they plan to apply for a state funded scholarship or not to be submitted by the deadline date of May 31 of the current homeschooling year.

Having all students in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades that are members of UCHU-AA or becoming a new member of UCHU-AA submit numerical grades to UCHU-AA will help to satisfy any possible requirements set by Commission on Higher Education or college/universities that may be in place for students regarding ranking and consideration to possibly qualify or receive a state funded scholarships.

Will UCHU-AA help me find scholarships for my students as we are members of UCHU-AA?

No. UCHU-AA will not help any of it’s current members find scholarships for their students to attend college/universities/technical schools/online university or classes or the like. This is the sole responsibility of the parent/teacher to search, find and/or obtain information or scholarship applications for their student for any funding towards college.

 

What assistance will UCHU-AA provide to its members children in 9th,10th, 11th or 12th grades who are in the process of applying for state funded scholarships?

UCHU-AA will handle this on a case by case basis. Normally, however, assistance will be given to those families that have students in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades that qualify for LIFE Scholarship or Palmetto Fellow Scholarships according to requirements outlined by Commision on Higher Education. Scholarship applications beyond the above mentioned scholarships: Life Scholarship or Palmetto Fellow Scholarships that require assistance may or may not be granted and will be done so on a case by case basis if assistance is granted. This consideration will be solely up to the director of UCHU-AA.

 

What/Who is SCHEA and why is there an option for membership on UCHU-AA’s application process?

SCHEA stands for South Carolina Home Educators Association. SCHEA is a 501c3 state homeschool organization that provides support and necessary resources to all homeschooling families, accountability association directors and support groups across the state. They also keep *eyes* on legislature that may arise that may adversely affect homeschooling within our state. Additionally, SCHEA offers the national honor society to homeschoolers throughout the state of SC.

SCHEA was one of the first homeschool support groups in place when homeschooling finally became legal. Their longevity has aided greatly homeschoolers in the state of SC.

 

What/Who is HSLDA and why is there an option for membership on UCHU-AA’s application process?

HSLDA stands for Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA’s primary goal has remained the same—to bring together a large number of homeschooling families so that each can have a low-cost method of obtaining quality legal defense.

 

Will you offer graduations for students of UCHU-AA?

It is my desire to offer a mixed graduation ceremony for kindergarten and high school. Kindergartners would have their ceremony first and then on the same evening high school seniors would have their graduation.

At the graduation ceremony there would be an acknowledgement of fifth graders moving on to sixth grade and an acknowledgement of eighth graders moving on to ninth grade.

 

Do you provide student IDs?

I do hope to provide this service in the near future. Stay tuned to the website for updates when this does occur.

 

Must my children  undergo any state or nation wide testings in order for our family to be members with UCHU-AA?

NO! No, testing is required by UCHU-AA. Additionally, testing is not required under third option homeschooling state law. I feel that this is up to the parent-teacher if they desire to test their children or not.

Are there any other methods of payments UCHU-AA will accept for membership?

UCHU-AA is only accepting Paypal payments at this time. Using Paypal payments for services under UCHU-AA does incur a small $1.00 fee. However, we are doing our part to be paperless as possible.

If necessary payment by check will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Must I sign or commit to a statement of faith in order to be members of UCHU-AA?

There is not a statement of faith required to become a member with UCHU-AA.

What is the purpose of a DMV letter which is something that is provided with membership to UCHU-AA?

In order for students to receive their driver’s permit, DMV requires a letter or contract from the homeschooling students association.

Usually UCHU-AA’s membership acceptance letter that you will receive as a member does suffice for what DMV is requiring. If not, just submit a request form indicating your need for a DMV letter.  We will be happy to get it to you in the mail or fax it out to you right away. **See “Forms Request” page

 

I live in NC, am I required to join an association?

NO! Although UCHU-AA is so close to the NC border, NC homeschoolers have differing standards and laws that govern their home education.

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  1. Hi, I live in Columbus, NC and would love to join UCHU for fellowship, homeschool encouragement and some local activities. I understand that I will not need to join an association since I am in a different state, but would love to connect with local homeschooling families that are in the body of Christ. Thank you!

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