Welcome to SCAIHS!


At the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS), we offer much more than accountability for your homeschool. Homeschooling is a life-changing decision, for you and your child. The board and staff are committed to helping families experience success in home schooling. We offer services to member families, far exceeding any other path, including educational and curriculum counseling, teacher training seminars, and support from a qualified and well-trained staff. Read More


SCAIHS Member Highlights!


2014 Home Educators Meeting

RSVP deadline – Tuesday, April 29th – Rene Ann Brown @ 803.933.0112 Learn more about Service Academies, SC National Guard, and ROTC Tuesday, May 6,…

Getting Started

Know when and where to get involved. Find homeschool seminars, workshops and conferences that will help you start homeschooling today.

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Camp Burnt Gin

Camp Burnt Gin is a residential summer camp in Wedgefield, South Carolina for children who have physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. Between June and August…

Our Graduates

The SCAIHS class of 2012 received over $1 million in scholarship for their freshman year. Since 2010 our graduates have been accepted to over 60 colleges in 20 states and two foreign countries. Accountability makes a difference.

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Churched While Growing Up Study

 Click here to visit the Survey Webpage: www.gen2survey.com   After 30 years of following the homeschool movement, we’ve learned something about homeschool graduates’ academic and socio-economic…

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Cirque de la Symphonie – April 1st

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Dr. Donald Portnoy, Conductor presents a special concert performance for students   “Cirque de la Symphonie” on Tuesday, April 1, 2014       10…


City of Columbia Art Center Classes

Here are some more workshops coming up which you may be interested in…………….   February 15 – Polymer Clay Jewelry Making  DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS…

Common Core Movie Trailer

Whenever you’re involved in an important endeavor for good, you can expect to come under attack . We’ve experienced our share of opposition since we…


FAFSA Fill Out – College Goal Day!

Columbia International University Memorial Residence Hall Computer Lab 7435 Monticello Rd., Columbia, SC 29203 February 22, 2014­­­ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm   This event…

Family Connections Convention

Come see us today and tomorrow at the Family Connections Convention at 1306 Hampton St in downtown Columbia. If you have a special needs child,…

Famous Homeschoolers

When someone tells you that they are worried about homeschooling, ask them to see this list and tell you how these people turned out…seems this…


Friendly Reminder – Report were Due March 7th!

Reports Deadline The following students had March 7th Reports Due: All New High School Students All Seniors All Middle Schoolers taking High School Courses A…

Fun with Common Core Presentation

JOIN US! Midlands Homeschool Convention July 25th 6:00 PM FUN WITH COMMON CORE   What is it? Where did it come from? The ultimate goal…

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Getting Started Homeschooling – March Workshop!

Thinking about Homeschooling? Scared about starting homeschooling? How do I start? What do I need to be doing? Look no further than our workshop: Getting…

Getting Started Homeschooling Workshop

Thinking about Homeschooling? Scared about starting homeschooling? How do I start? What do I need to be doing? Look no further than our workshop: Getting…

High School Essay Intensive Class

SCAIHS Says -This is an excellent class that could be included as part of a half credit SAT prep course. The High School Essay Intensive…

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Holiday Hours

SCAIHS Offices and the Book Store will be closed December 20th Through January 5th. We will re-open in the new year on January 6th at…

Home School Bookstore Gift Certificates

Tis the season…and nothing helps a homeschooler like new books! Grandparents and parents alike – give learning this Christmas with SCAIHS Home School Bookstore Gift…


Homeschool Day at the Capitol

Home School Day at the Capitol All Homeschoolers are encouraged to meet in Columbia on April 30, 2014 to Meet Your Senators and Representatives! Great…

Homeschoolers Measure Up!

HOMESCHOOLED: HOW AMERICAN HOMESCHOOLERS MEASURE UP Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory…

Homeschooler’s Scholarship Eligibility Challenged

With the help of his homeschool association and Home School Legal Defense Association, last month a homeschool graduate in South Carolina finally received the college…

Homeschooling in South Carolina

What does it take to begin homeschooling in South Carolina? Let’s look at a few questions….   Do parents need to be state certified? No….

Homeschooling in the Real World

Homeschooling in the Real World “I want my kids to grow up in the real world.”  I recently heard a parent make that comment to…

How Do I Homeschool My Child in South Carolina?

How do I homeschool my child in South Carolina?   These laws can be read in their entirety at: http://www.scstatehouse.net/code/titl59.htm COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAWS §59-65-10: Compulsory…


Invaluable Counselors – The SCAIHS Advantage!

SCAIHS believes there is a basic body of knowledge and fundamental skills one must possess to be effective in counseling students as they progress through…

Investing Your Love

  November 20, 2013 Dear friends of homeschooling, “One key reason for the success of homeschooling—as compared to its more traditional counterparts,” says author/speaker and…


Maximize College Aid by Planning Early

Completing a FAFSA is the first step in applying for most federal, state, and college-provided financial aid for students. It stands for Free Application for…


May 1st – HERALD 5 Opportunity Fair

The spring meeting is May 1st at Chapin Baptist Church. Agenda 5:00-7:00pm Opportunity Fair 6:00-7:00pm Registration- H5 members MUST attend this meeting if you did…


May 3rd – Kids Biking For Kids Race and Festival

You are invited to our Kids Biking 4 Kids Bike Race for Special Needs and Families on the Village Green in Lake Carolina on May 3, 2014….


Midlands HomeSchool Convention

Midlands Homeschool Convention Early registration to the end of April. History In 2013, a group of homeschool leaders and parents decided it was time to…

Our Stories

Success comes at every level in homeschooling. From elementary school to special needs, from high school through graduation and beyond.

Press Release – SCAIHS To Hold Graduation Ceremony

PRESS RELEASE South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools ● 930 Knox Abbott Drive ● Cayce, SC 29033   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:   06.07.14 Contact:…

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Robin Hood -Excelsior Academy

Excelsior! Academy accompanied by the Kingdom Education for Young Scholars orchestra and choir presents Robin Hood Saturday, March 29, 2014 at  3:00pm & 7:00pm Lexington…

We Say Goodbye to our Faithful Employee – Debbie Humphries

During the past twenty years, Debbie Humphries has demonstrated her irrepressible passion for homeschooling by serving as a counselor for the elementary department at SCAIHS….

We say Hello to new Counselor – Karen Merchant

As you all have probably heard our precious Debbie Humphries has left the SCAIHS building after 20 years of faithful service. We already miss her…

SC State Fair Scholarship

2014 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 14   For 17 years, the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship Program has helped launch…


SCAIHS Graduation Video!

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SCAIHS Group Testing Information and Registration

Deadline for registration is February 18th, 2014 It is that time of year again! Our new signup form and pricing information is available right here!…


SCAIHS Member – My Day as Cool Boy!

Dylan, age 11, won a Practical Homeschooling Magazine Contest for his essay about a Super Hero! Here is the essay! My Day as Cool Boy-By…


SCAIHS Member – Ecco Goes to the Opera

Meg was involved in a coloring book charitable project for children combining opera/arts education and animal rescue.   We are extremely proud to release our…


SCAIHS Member Essay and the American Revolution

Berkley was chosen as one of three 4-H students to represent the Midlands at the 4-H Legislative Day held at the State House on March…


SCAIHS Member – Hunger Games Fireside Chats

Matt and his friend, Hunter (Herman) represented a fan site, Hunger Games Fireside Chats, at a red carpet premiere of Catching Fire in Knoxville, TN…


SCAIHS Member Mary Kathryn wins Art Contest

Mary Kathryn drew a poster and wrote a paragraph for Federation of Families SC’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.   “Everyone should be able to…


SCAIHS Member – Meris

Meris was chosen to be on the National Archery in Schools Program http://naspschools.org/. Only 30 Middle Schoolers were chosen. The other 30 kids on the…


SCAIHS Member Poem Winner

Congratulations–BOTH of Mary Kathryn’s entries have received awards in the Richland County 2013 Arbor Day Youth Contests—a press release and winners’ list is attached. We…

SCAIHS Members Only – High School Workshop!

High School Workshop Are you wondering what it is going to be like when your home school student advances to high school? Do you have…


SCAIHS Members Highlight – 4-H Club State Presentations Contest Winners!

SCAIHS Members – Maggie and Macie! Maggie(5th Grade) won 1st place in the 4-H Club’s State Presentations. She gave an 8 minute presentation titled “Delicious…

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SCAIHS Student Council

Organizational Meeting April 28, 2014 at 1PM SCAIHS Office 930 Knox Abbott Dr.Columbia SC 29033 If you are a parent of a rising 9th  through…


SCAIHS Student Council

Join our student council today! http://scaihsstudentcouncil.com/  

From Scratch Magazine Interview

SCAIHS was mentioned in a great homeschooling interview in From Scratch Magazine. Everyone in our organization contributed to the advice and interview. Our interview start…


Know the home schooling parent who has it all together? Neither do we. That’s why we provide the framework and flexibility needed to help you navigate the myriad homeschool options.


Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group Hosted by Lake Psychological Services Offering a state of the art 9 week social skills program for children, pre-teens, adolescents and young…

Support Educational Liberty

Sign the petition to help the Romeike family and support homeschooling rights.

Teach Them Diligently Convention

  Check out this sampling of great Speakers for 2014! Serene Allison Trim Healthy Mama Pearl Barrett Trim Healthy Mama Toni Anderson The Happy Housewife…


Testing Options – SC Home School Testing

If you are wary of group testing or it does not fit your schedule, may we suggest South Carolina Home School Testing.   If you desire…

The Legacy of SCAIHS

Zan Tyler’s story: After battling the cases through the South Carolina court system, homeschooling won a landmark victory in the State Supreme Court in December 1991.

USED Book BLOWOUT! – May 17th!

  Saturday May 17th, 2014 9-2 PM Homeschool Bookstore 930 Knox Abbott Dr Cayce, SC 29033


Video Contest – Early Entry Prizes!

Video Contest Rules Early Bird Prizes – $10 Bookstore Gift Certificates for first 5 entries!

Why You Can’t Ignore Common Core

We use, that is my wife and children, the light blue version of Math Mammoth, because if you started with the older version and don’t…