High School Department

Overview of the High School Program

One of the incredible benefits of homeschooling is the ability for a parent to customize their child’s education. To better address the varied gifts and abilities of these students, SCAIHS provides an expanded planning system for high school. Each high school student must have a statement of intent on file with SCAIHS.

Please read through the explanations of the various high school tracks available to help make this decision. If you need further information, please contact your counselor or the SCAIHS office for assistance.

College Preparatory (SCAIHS Diploma)

  • College Preparatory (CP) Track prepares students to not only gain acceptance to a four year college, but to also succeed while there.
  • College Preparatory STEM meets all of the requirements of the standard CP track while also providing additional focus in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students will complete math courses through Precalculus as well as completing four lab sciences and one computer science credit. CP STEM is for the student who excels in math and science and plans to pursue a related field in college.
  • College Preparatory Humanities concentrates more heavily on history, English, and/or foreign language. While still meeting the CP track requirements, students will pursue an additional foreign language credit as well as two English and/or history electives.
  • College Preparatory Fine Arts is for the student whose gifts and abilities are in the arts. Beyond the standard CP requirements, students will pursue at least four credits in fine arts courses.

 

Each of these options is compatible with the leading homeschooling approaches of traditional schooling, classical education, living books, and unit studies. Your counselor can assist you with creating a high school plan that is tailored to your child and fits with one of these tracks.

 

Career / Technical (SCAIHS Diploma)

  • Career/Technical Entrepreneurship is for the ambitious and self-directed student who is headed down the path of starting his or her own business. Courses in accounting and business will be required, and the studies will culminate with a Senior Capstone Project related to his or her business. The student would be prepared to enter a two-year college, with the option of then transferring to a four-year college.
  • Career/Technical Apprenticeship provides opportunities and encouragement for students wishing to pursue a trade or skill. The focus will be in exploring careers and trades, seeking training in a skill, and serving in an apprenticeship or work environment.
  • Career/Technical will meet basic requirements for a student to receive a high school diploma and either proceed into the workforce or attend a two year community or technical college. This track provides great flexibility in methods of instruction and curriculum.

 

Each of these options is compatible with the leading homeschooling approaches of traditional schooling, classical education, living books, and unit studies. Your counselor can assist you with creating a high school plan that is tailored to your child and fits with one of these tracks.

 

Auxiliary (Non-Diploma)

Auxiliary membership is for SCAIHS Auxiliary students who are enrolled in correspondence schools which issue diplomas. SCAIHS recommends that all Auxiliary students seek to meet the minimum requirements for a Career/Technical diploma.

Auxiliary students should follow the requirements of the correspondence schools in which they are enrolled. The correspondence schools, not SCAIHS, will provide educational counseling, curriculum counseling, guidance counseling, scholarship information, documentation of high school course work, permanent records, transcripts, and diplomas.

Since the additional high school documentation for diploma tracks is not submitted for Auxiliary members, no high school fee is charged. SCAIHS cannot issue a transcript or diploma or rank students for Auxiliary members but will upon written request issue a Certificate of Attendance. These students may participate in graduation.

 

GED (Non-Diploma)

The GED track is for students who plan to take the GED. SCAIHS recommends that all GED students seek to meet the minimum requirements for a Career/Technical diploma.  For students who plan to take the GED after their 17th birthday, enrollment in this track meets the compulsory attendance requirement in South Carolina.

Since the additional high school documentation for diploma tracks  is not submitted for the GED track, no high school fee is charged. SCAIHS cannot issue a transcript or diploma or rank students for the GED track but will upon written request issue a Certificate of Attendance. These students may participate in graduation.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A GED DIPLOMA ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP WITH SCAIHS.

 

Certificate of Attendance (Non-Diploma, Special Needs Only)

The Certificate of Attendance from SCAIHS (in lieu of the general diploma), will be earned by students who have proper documentation of the requirements as defined in the Special Needs policy.

Membership in SCAIHS and compliance with the academic standards of SCAIHS fulfills the requirements of the compulsory attendance statute as listed in Section 59-65-45 of South Carolina state law.

 

Occupational (Non-Diploma, Special Needs Only)

The Occupational Certificate track is only for students enrolled in the SCAIHS Special Needs Program.. This track is for students who plan to pursue employment after high school but are unable to complete the standard academic requirements of the College Preparatory or Career/Technical tracks.

With the Occupational Certificate track, special needs students have more flexibility to choose courses that are geared toward the educational skills and training necessary to succeed at specific jobs or careers and independent living. Students learn “functional” and job-specific academics, develop pre-employment skills, and document a minimum of 600 hours of work experience.

A minimum of 20 credits must be earned in the Occupational Certificate track.

To receive the Occupational Certificate, students must master course work, prove job readiness, and have a successful work experience. When students complete requirements for graduation, SCAIHS will issue a certificate and, upon written request, a transcript. These transcripts will show that requirements for the Occupational Track have been met. PLEASE NOTE: Students who receive an Occupational certificate will not be eligible to attend a college. For more information and to request forms, please contact the SCAIHS Special Needs Department.

 

FAQ’s

Can my child go to college if he or she is home schooled?
Yes, students who have graduated from the SCAIHS high school program are admitted to the colleges of their choice, not only in South Carolina, but also across the country. A large number of our graduates receive merit-based scholarships each year, and the SCAIHS staff is committed to assisting parents and students with the scholarship and college application process.

How do I choose and obtain the curriculum materials for my high school student?
Many materials from secular and Christian sources are available for parents to use with their high school students. When requested, the SCAIHS staff offers parents curriculum counseling to assist them in choosing materials that are best suited to their student’s learning style, their family’s resources and their priorities.

How can I teach the more challenging high school courses (advanced math, lab sciences, foreign languages, composition skills, etc.) when I only have a high school education or do not have training in the specific subject area(s)?
Many creative options are available, such as video programs, computer software, home-school classes, and dual enrollment, to help meet the needs in these areas. The SCAIHS High School Staff works very closely with parents, helping them find the best options for their circumstances, needs, and student.

What about extra curricular activities and socialization for my high schooler?
Home-schooled students are usually very active in church activities, community activities, and academic competitions. SCAIHS students have participated in TeenPact, community service, musical theater, band, scouts, sports, 4-H clubs, Civil Air Patrol, volunteering in the medical field, art and music lessons, group seminars and classes, Bible studies, and youth group activities, just to name a few. One of the advantages of home schooling in the high school years is the flexibility available to students to pursue a particular area of interest or develop a particular talent. SCAIHS students have been tennis champions, state chess champions, rodeo champions, Envirothon Champions, and Olympic-level gymnasts. They have performed on Broadway, have won the Miss Teen South Carolina, and have received NCAA athletic scholarships. When approached with creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness, the opportunities for enriching activities are limitless.

Testing Requirements:

You can find our testing requirements HERE.

 

Reporting Requirements: (All reporting is done online.)

  1. Enter course information online
  2. Complete January 7th progress report and attendance
  3. Complete June 7th progress report and attendance
  4. Send or upload a copy of standardized test scores.

 

Grading Scale

You can read more about our Grading Scale HERE.

 

IMPORTANT: SCAIHS Policy regarding New High School Students!

SCAIHS can accept new high school students in grades 9-12 who have an official transcript from a traditional school, correspondence school, or a recognized home school advisory organization whose standards and documentation parallel those of SCAIHS. Please contact the SCAIHS office if you have any questions regarding this policy.

SCAIHS does offer a course/credit evaluation service for students who have completed high school course work not covered by the above requirement. We can provide you with an evaluation packet and fee schedule upon request.