SC Requirements For earning a Diploma


Updated 6.22.18

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  1. Option 3 state, “the curriculum includes, but not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature;”

    I always read this to mean that we have to teach each subject every year. Am I incorrect? (Science is not required for all four years by the State Board requirements.)

    1. Nicole,

      Both circumstances apply.

      Per Option 3 requirements students must study reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies………etc. yearly.

      However, per high school *requirements* for our state the student only needs three years of science with labs. ๐Ÿ™‚

      So if you as the home educator have your student complete a required science and lab in the 8th grade, another in the 9th grade and the final *required* science in the 10th then they have satisfied the state requirements thus do not have to continue with science studies.

      The same holds true for math, reading, writing and social studies.

      If you look under the tab that says *High School Requirements and Earning Diploma from Homeschool* tab you will find a link that takes you to the SC Department of Educations *required* studies for graduation. It lists three years of studies not four for high school.

      Hope that clarifies things. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Great question. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m sorry but I’m just not seeing this clearly. I over-think things sometime.

    I did look up the tabs and printed most. (Goggle wouldn’t let me see the elective list. But I have a couple lists already.)

    So really your recommending to follow the SC State Board’s High School Requirement list. (I’m really trying to see how they both apply. And I promise that I’m not trying to stir the pot.) The Option Three states Science would have to be taught yearly. And SC State Board would only have the student taking Science until 10th grade.

    1. Nicole,
      There are two ways to view this.
      1. The letter of the law for Option 3 homeschoolig is to ensure that reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies is taught each year.

      2. SC Department of Education requirement for graduation is that the students only have to have at least three maths satisfied, three sciences with labs satisfied for graduation, etc. Which means that when those criteria that are set by SC department of education is met for graduation then the student DOES NOT have to continue in those studies.

      3. Or once the requirements are met for graduation you as the home educator can continue to have your student study in math, science, social studies etc. and they will graduate with extra credits. In other they will graduate with more than the *required* number of credits.

      The intent of the law of for Option 3 which stipulates math, social studies, writing, reading yearly is so that parents will not *skip out* on providing that instruction for the students. For high school, however, as they come close to graduation students/home educators will/can fall under the graduation requirements set by SC.

      I hope that make sense. If not, please ask me again to make me clarify better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yes, I think that does.

    Your saying that for the most part the differences are minor and it would be “safer” to follow the SC requirements. I just wish that was made clearer. It just didn’t sound right when people would state that as an Option-Three-homeschooler we HAVE to have 2 years of foreign language, PE, and computer science when Third Option law doesn’t say that.

    But of course, a lot depends on what the student plans on doing after high school. If planing to attend a college/university or military then it would be very important to contact those institutions and determine what will be their requirements of admittance.

    Thanks for the clarification.

    1. Nicole,
      That is correct! When people start saying that *Option 3* must do this or that other than what the law say then they are in error.

      Option 3 walks along side of SC department of education requirements for graduation ESPECIALLY if the student desires to go on to college. If that student doesn’t desire to go on to college then the family *can follow* the absolutely minimum required for a student graduating from public school as set by the DOE.

      However, the home educator has FULL say of what their student will learn each year of their schooling to satisfy Option 3 requirements and HOW those subjects will be covered. No organization, no accountability association has the legal right to do so. Now if a family aligns themselves up with an accountability association or an organization that REQUIRES MORE than what the law states then that is their choice JUST LIKE it is the home educators choice to give more than the three required high school Math credits or the three required science with lab credits etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

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