For parents looking to provide a well-rounded, personalized education for their children, homeschooling has become an increasingly popular choice in the last decade. But what does creating a homeschool environment for your children entail, and are you qualified, as their parent, to teach them the information they need to know?
As with any job, there are requirements necessary to be able to perform the job well, and laws to follow to ensure your child is learning the proper material they need to move to the next level of education each year. If you’re a parent considering homeschooling your children this year, we have compiled a list of the qualifications needed to perform the job:
What are your options?
In South Carolina, there are three options for homeschooling your children:
- Option 1: Parents can homeschool their children with the support of their local school district
- Option 2: Parents can homeschool through the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools
- Option 3: Parents can homeschool through a homeschool association with less than 50 members
What educational background do you need?
The education qualifications for homeschooling your children depend on the state you live in. According to the South Carolina requirements for homeschooling, parents must have a high school diploma, GED, or higher certification of education to qualify to teach their children.
What laws do you need to follow?
The laws regarding homeschooling vary by state. In South Carolina, laws for homeschooling state the following:
- Approval to homeschool from your district board of trustees.
- Acknowledgement that your school district is free from liability for your children’s education.
- Have at least a 180-day school year with at least 4.5 hours of study each day.
- Teach math, reading and writing, social studies, and science in your curriculum. Other subjects may be required as your child advances to middle and high school.
- Keep meticulous records of your lesson plans, your children’s work, and the grades they receive. These records should be clear and organized as they must be submitted to the school district regularly.
- Provide statewide testing for your homeschool children through the Basic Skills Assessment Program.
You can find a full list of the South Carolina requirements, as well as helpful resources, at this site.
Where can you find help?
It’s so important for homeschool parents to understand that they aren’t in this alone. There are so many resources available to help develop lesson plans, provide social opportunities for children, and to offer counseling and guidance.
The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools serves as an excellent resource to homeschool parents and children. Our trained counselors can help you understand the required qualifications and help you find the resources you need, keeping track of your records, and guiding you throughout the homeschooling process. The new school year is quickly approaching, so parents interested in the homeschooling options should reach out today to get started.