SCAIHS is a nonprofit, voluntary association of independent home schools. On July 25, 1990, SCAIHS was incorporated in the State of South Carolina as an organization to coordinate and establish academic standards and to provide support services for independent home schools.

On April 8, 1992, the South Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation naming South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools as a legal, alternate source of approval for home-schooling parents.

The law states the following in section 59-65-45:

“In lieu of the requirements of 59-65-40 (the home-schooling law), 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 compliance with the academic standards of SCAIHS exempts the home school from further requirements of 59-65-40.

The State Department of  Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum include:

a) A parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general education development (GED) certificate;

b) the instructional year is at least 180 days;

c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and, in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature.”