SC Homeschooling Law Options

South Carolina Department of Education

SC Department of Education – Homeschooling Laws


There are

THREE

Options

to homeschool  

All three require:

*Parents to have a high school diploma or GED

*Instruction in math, science, reading/literature, writing/composition and social studies

*180 days of schooling

*Records kept showing attendance, instruction and the student’s progress.


Option 1

SECTION 59-65-40.

Home schooling programs

*Sign-up through your local school district

*Curriculum must be approved by your school district

* Must participate in state testing administered by a school district certified employee

*If at anytime the district believe a homeschool is not operating in accordance to what is presented in legislation, they can give the home educator 30 days to correct any deficiencies before withdrawing their approval

*School days must be 4-½ hours not to include lunch and recess

*Parents must agree not to hold the district board harmless for any educational deficiencies sustained by the student while homeschooling.

*1st graders are tested to determine readiness in maturity or educationally for school

*if a student fails their yearly test the district will decide the course of action for the student.


Option 2

*The homeschooling family will sign up with South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS).

In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40, 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 the further requirements of Section 59-65-40.

The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:

(a) a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational

development (GED) certificate;

(b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days; and

(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature.

By January thirtieth of each year, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts.

*There is an annual fee per child from $340-$450. This depends on the number of children you are enrolling. Kindergarten is only $15, however.

*Choosing this option, your curriculum choices must be approved by SCAIHS.

*Parents must have their children tested annually

*You are accountable to SCAIHS to demonstrate that  you are fulfilling all legal requirements of homeschooling as they set forth.

*SCAIHS offers many services to parents.

*SCAIHS must report the number and grade levels (but not names) of homeschooled children to local school districts.


Option 3

The Homeschooling Family will become members of an accountability association

There are 40 homeschool accountability associations in South Carolina.

UCHU-AA

(United Christian Homeschoolers of the Upstate-Accountability Association) is one of the 40 accountability associations in SC.

In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 (Option 1) or Section 59-65-45 (Option 2), 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 the further requirements of Section 59-65-40 (Option 1) or Section 59-65-45 (Option 2).

 

The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to ensure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:

(a) a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate;

(b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;

(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and

(d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:

(1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;

(2) a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work; and

(3) a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.

By January thirtieth of each year, all associations shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts.

  1. If you follow and abide by 59-65-47 then you don’t have to follow nor abide by 59-65-40 NOR 59-65-45
  2. Parent or guardian may homeschool their children as long as they are members of an accountability association with at least 50 members.
  3. The State Department of Education will annually ensure that accountability associations ensure that families abide by the following minimum requirements:
  1. Parent or guardian must at least hold a diploma or GED.
  2. Provide instruction at least 180 days
  3. Instruction is given in the following: reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and –literature;
    1. Parents must keep records of:

    *a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;

    * a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work; and

    * a semiannual (twice a year; ½ way mark and end of the year) progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature;


    1. Accountability Associations will report number of students and their grades to the school districts in which those students live in

 


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