Understanding Your Rights
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in South Carolina is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in South Carolina and helpful links to SC’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, South Carolina homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for South Carolina Homeschool Laws
We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.
South Carolina Homeschool Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of South Carolina, you need to follow these steps:
- Get approval by the district board of trustees. For you to homeschool, you must prove to the board that you will follow the regulations given below.
- Have a GED or High School diploma. All parents must have a minimum of this requirement to homeschool their child/ren.
- School at least 180 days. The instructional requirement for a day is at least 4 ½ hours of study.
- Include curriculum for reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Note that grade 7-12 also need composition and literature.
- Maintain records. These records must include a plan book or other record of subjects and activities taught, a portfolio of the child’s work, and a record of academic evaluations. This must be given as a semi-annual progress report and submitted to the school district.
- Take statewide testing. This testing will be on an annual basis and through the Basic Skills Assessment Program.
- Release the district from liability regarding your child’s education.
To receive approval, you must fulfill the expectations as mentioned above and then submit for approval by your school district. Again, they cannot deny you the opportunity to homeschool your child(ren) if you meet these expectations.
South Carolina HSLDA Reference Site. Click on Detailed legal analysis of the South Carolina homeschool law on the right side of the screen for a downloadable PDF document.
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