South Carolina Law

South Carolina law requires one of three options to be chosen for oversight of a home school: one’s local public school district, S.C.A.I.H.S., or “third option” associations comprised of at least fifty members.

THE THREE ACCOUNTABILITY OPTIONS

*Palmetto Family does not oversee, monitor, or endorse any of the accountability options listed below. Parents or guardians are encouraged to evaluate these options to determine which is best for their home school.

Your Local Public School District

Law: [§ 59-65-40]

SC Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS)

Law: [§ 59-65-45]

Homeschool Membership Groups

Law: [§ 59-65-47]

SUPPORT AND RESOURCE GROUPS

These groups are not an option to home school legally. Rather, these groups are intended to support and enrich your homeschooling experience. Benefits of joining one of these groups include field trips, classes, charitable service and outreach. There are many support groups to choose from, so there’s probably one for you!

EQUAL ACCESS TO INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES

In 2012 South Carolina granted equal access to home school students to public school interscholastic activities. You will need to fill out a form notifying your local public school superintendent (required) of your intention to participate.

You may visit the South Carolina High School League website to view a calendar of dates and deadlines for participation in sports during the upcoming school year. It is the student’s responsibility to attend the initial try-outs/practices and provide the coach/school with any additional information or documentation necessary to verify that the student is eligible to compete (i.e., transcripts, physical exam, birth certificate, etc.).

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