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South Carolina

Homeschooling in South Carolina

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in South Carolina. There are currently three options for homeschooling within the state of South Carolina. Here we will focus on the requirements for parents providing instruction under the state’s homeschool statute. The remaining options for homeschooling have differing requirements and will require further research to ensure compliance. The first museum in the U.S. was founded in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1773. In 1824, the Charleston Museum opened to the public; it is still in operation today, providing a great field trip option for history buffs.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    South Carolina offers three ways in which you can legally homeschool, with varying requirements and guidelines. Homeschooling in this state will require detailed research to be sure you are in compliance. South Carolina ranks as a moderately challenging state to homeschool in.
  • Teaching

    Parents must have at least a high school diploma or GED to homeschool in South Carolina. A minimum of 180 days of instruction must be provided. Required subjects are reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Additional subjects are required as your student enters higher grade levels. Library access for your student is also a South Carolina requirement.
  • Testing

    Homeschooling under the homeschool statute in South Carolina is the only option that requires mandatory annual testing.
  • Registration

    In South Carolina, you are required to submit a homeschool application to the board of trustees within your local public school district. The board "shall approve" your application if you have included assurance to remain in compliance with all homeschool requirements made by the state of South Carolina.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. South Carolina requires children between the ages of 5 and 17 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    Required record keeping and reporting is very detailed in South Carolina. You must keep a written record of subjects taught and activities participated in. You must also keep a portfolio of your student's work and a record of all academic progress assessments. A semiannual progress report including attendance records and student progress assessments in required subjects should be sent to your school district.

Advice For Homeschooling In South Carolina

Being organized will help you a lot when it comes to maintaining required records, submitting assessments, and ensuring instruction in all required subjects. With good preparation and due diligence, meeting these requirements is a less daunting task! Be sure to have a solid curriculum plan, stay on top of your required written records, and utilize proper tools such as a planner to track attendance and ensure that you fulfill your required days per homeschool year. You may even find that the detailed requirements relieve you from the stress of deciding where to start when planning out your homeschool year.

QUICK FACTS

Over 75,000 students homeschool in the Palmetto State of South Carolina!

South Carolina has over a hundred co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

South Carolina parents have had the right to homeschool since 1984.

Featured Field Trip In Your Region

Billy Graham Library

An Ongoing Crusade

Come journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Millions of people were impacted by Billy Graham over the course of his nearly 60-year ministry. Now, many more have the opportunity to learn about him and be inspired by his message of God’s love.

Through state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits, film and audio recordings, and memorabilia, you can relive many of the historic moments of his life and that of his wife, Ruth Bell Graham. Tour the restored Graham family home where he grew up in Charlotte and spend a time of reflection in the beautiful Prayer Garden.

Explore Homeschooling Activities In Your Area

Looking for field trip ideas? Follow the link below to learn more about field trips in your area and access a coordinating e-book to enrich your experience.

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History Museums

Do you ever wonder if your field trips are effective? With this download, you'll learn how to plan a history field trip, what to take along with you, and how to follow up on the trip with activities to reinforce learning. We've also included activity worksheets to use while on the field trip to help you make the most of your hands-on history exploration!

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

A summer break from formal curriculum is a healthy and good thing. But, you can still keep your child learning, even during the break! In this e-book, you'll find tips for ways to combine summer learning and summer fun.

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

How much do you know about your town? Notebooking can be a great way to process through learning about your city or town! In this My Town Activity E-Book, you'll find suggestions for completing notebooking activities to help you learn about both the geography and history of your community, town, or city. When you complete all of the research, you can add a cover and use a binder or folder to create a lasting version of your exploration!

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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