Lowcountry Homeschooling

Lowcountry Homeschoolers

GETTING STARTED

Hi Y'all!

I've heard it may sound complicated to homeschool here in the Lowcountry (South Carolina in general!) but it's really not as complicated as it seems.  Some have even said they absolutely love it because they have the choice compared to the state they relocated from.   Let's admit it...the Lowcountry is a transient place with people coming and going every couple years.

Basically you have three options to homeschool in South Carolina.  I'll give you a quick run-down in my own words to try to simplify things and then click on the link and read the laws for yourself.   Always know your state laws for homeschooling!

All options have accountability.   In my opinion, the difference between the options are preference in accoutability.  Option 3 gives you more freedom of teaching style/curriculum selection as opposed to Option 1 which the "state" (district board of trustees) must approve the instruction & homeschooling program.   Okay, I guess I am biased since I personally am signed up with option 3.  lol  I did say it was "my opinion."  :)   Futhermore, if unschooling is your thing, option 3 is probably the best choice for you; if you want less state interference with how you want to teach your children then again this is the better route.  We'll discuss the different  "Methods of Homeschooling" and Teaching/Child's Learning Styles in another post. 

You decide what works best for you!  With homeschooling, you have a choice!  We're gonna get technical here but stay with me! 

Option 1 (SECTION 59-65-40).  Approval by School District Board of Trustees.
Parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is approved by the district board of trustees of the district in which the children reside. A district board of trustees shall approve home schooling programs which meet the following standards:
(Note: All options require the following standards:)

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.

So, as I mentioned, the above standards are required for all three options.   Keep in mind Option 1 "students must participate in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment Program approved by the State Board of Education."  Option 2 was created to give homeschoolers more freedom compared to Option 1.

Option 2 (SECTION 59-65-45). Become a member of South Carolina Association of Independent Schools.    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.

Option 2 is like having your very own school but you are the teacher teaching at home.  They provide lots of support and benefits.  I have not met anyone who didn't like SCAIHS.   http://www.scaihs.org/advantages.html

Well, if Option 2 is just not enough "freedom," Option 3 was created to take it up yet another notch! 

Option 3 (SECTION 59-65-47). Become a member of a Homeschool Association which has at least fifty
members.
    In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45, 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 or Section 59-65-45. 

Click here for South Carolina Homeschool Law details: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php

BAM!   Let's have some pie!

I'll touch on the latest & greatest-Online Homeschooling in another post!  Meantime, y'all have a delicious & Happy Thanksgiving!   Check out our Craft & Coupon's blog for some turkey-rific craft ideas!

Happy Homeschooling Y'all!

Donna Cartwright

Donna Cartwright is a military spouse, mother, and homeschool teacher to her three children ranging from age 4 to 16.  She resides in and plans to retire here in the beautiful Lowcountry.  Donna is the driving force behind Lowcountry Homeschoolers Association, a new support group in the Lowcountry.  She is one of the few homeschooling moderators for popular homeschool resource group site: Low Country Homeschooling.   Donna is the creator and webmaster for a homeschool website mainly focused on helping others to start homeschooling and free homeschool resources; she calls it her hobby: Mama & Company