What is homeschooling?
Parent funded, parent directed, home-based education. With homeschooling, it is the parent who is making the decisions.
What qualifications are needed to homeschool?
According to SC law, the homeschooling parent or legal guardian must have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
Can homeschool students really succeed in life?
Yes! Some homeschool students go on to higher education, some go straight into the workforce. The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) reports that adults who were home educated typically participate in local community service, vote, and attend public meetings more frequently than the general population. Additionally, home educated adults typically go to and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population.
What about socialization?
Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work. – NHERI
What does a typical homeschool day look like?
Just as there is no such thing as a typical homeschooling family, it’s difficult to describe a typical homeschool day. Children learn from a variety of activities, such as reading, conversation, play, outside classes, volunteer work, and apprenticeships. They typically will have some time on their own at home (to read, play, build, draw, write, do a science experiment, work on math), and some time with their parents (to get help with any of the above, to talk, to do work on a project together), and some time with others outside the home (in an art class, in Scouts, in a homeschoolers’ orchestra, in a volunteer job at an animal shelter). Some families set aside a specific part of the day for academic work; others do not. Often this varies for each child, and the family often adapts its schedule as the children grow and their needs change.
Will my child be accepted to college and be able to get scholarships?
Homeschool graduates are readily accepted to colleges and are eligible for the same scholarships that public and private school students can receive. Of the 94 graduates who received a SCAIHS high school diploma in 2020 71% planned to attend college. SCAIHS 2020 graduates were offered over 163 scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year totaling over $1,079,000. Over half of the graduates of the SCAIHS Class of 2020 were eligible for a state scholarship.
At what age is my child required to start school?
The South Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law states that all children who are 5 years old by September 1st must attend a public or private school, or be homeschooled. The parent also has the option of signing a kindergarten waiver with the school district.
Must my school year be the same as the public school?
SCAIHS members have flexibility in determining a school calendar as long as the 180 days of documented instruction are completed between June 1 and May 31. Choices include a traditional nine-month school year, year-round schooling, or block scheduling.
Are we required to log a certain number of hours each day?
No, SCAIHS members are not required to log a certain number of hours each day.
Am I required to give my student standardized tests?
SCAIHS minimum testing requirement is every-other year starting in the 3rd grade (we recommend grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11).
Is homeschooling expensive?
Homeschooling can be expensive or inexpensive. Often, it depends on how much time you have to devote to homeschooling.
Does my child have to work at the grade level of his age? Or at the same grade level for all courses?
No. We strongly encourage you to allow your child to work at his or her ability level.
Are we required to complete the curriculum in the school year? Can they move more quickly or slowly?
Your student can move as quickly or slowly as necessary. If your student is in high school, there may be other things that need to be considered. Your counselor will be happy to talk with you about this.
Do you provide the books/curriculum?
No. Your counselor will be happy to make suggestions for what may work well for you and your students. But we do not provide the books or curriculum.
Do we have options for the curriculum we use?
Yes. You decide what you use.
What if my child does not want to go to college?
College is not the right path for everyone. Your counselor will be happy to help you and your student, no matter what path is best for him or her.
My child has a learning disability or special needs. Can I still homeschool?
Yes, you can homeschool. Our Special Needs counselors would be happy to give you individualized advice about homeschooling your unique student.
Why should I choose membership with SCAIHS?
With SCAIHS membership, you have a full staff of experienced homeschool educators available to assist you. Your own personal guidance counselor will answer questions, give curriculum guidance, and walk alongside you in your homeschool journey. You will also benefit from the SCAIHS reputation for excellence as your child transitions to a college or job after graduation.