Under South Carolina’s home school law, children can learn at home and do not have to enroll full-time in a traditional school. Children may take online classes, use home-based instruction, or attend K-12 and even college classes in various settings.

There are many home school groups and resource centers around the state to help families find great opportunities for their children. South Carolina law provides parents with a choice of three (3) possible accountability options for their home school.

  • Option 1: Local school district oversight. This option requires students to take state tests. For further information on district oversight, contact your local school district.
  • Option 2: Membership in the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS).
  • Option 3: Participation in a “third option” association.  Associations are independently run home school groups with a minimum of 50 participants who agree to hold each other accountable. Some associations serve their local area and some serve families statewide. You will find a list of recognized third option associations below.

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Home School Associations (Option 3)

Academic Advantage Association
Academy of Home Education
Alliance Homeschool Association
At Home in the Lowcountry Home School Association
Carolina Foothills Home School Association
Carolina Homeschooler
Christian Homeschooler’s Association of South Carolina
Community Bible Church Christian Academy
Enlightened SC
Faithful Scholars
Foothills Accountability Association
Grace Home School Association
Greenwood Christian School Home Education Association
Half Moon Homeschool Accountability Association
Home Education and Religious Training (HEART)
Home Educators of Richland and Lexington District 5 (HERALD 5)
Homes of Prayerful Education (HOPE)
Homeward Education Association
Laurens Educational Association Resource Network
Lowcountry Homeschool Association
New System School
Oconee County Third Option Group
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Compliance Association
Palmetto Homeschool Association
Palmetto Independent Educators
Palmetto Independent Educators
Palmetto State Association of Homeschools
Parents Association for Christian Education in SC
Piedmont Christian Academy Home School Assoication
Piedmont Home Educators Association
Psalm 127
The South Carolina Homeschool Accountability Association
The Upstate Association of Homeschools
Vine and Branches Home Educators
Westgate Christian Home Education Association
York Education at Home

Other Home School Resources

Anderson Home School Association
Arrows Academy
Easley Home Educators
Excelsior Academy
Fort Mill Area Homeschoolers
Home School Legal Defense Association
Midlands Homeschool Resource Center
Palmetto Independent Educators
Piedmont Christian Academy Home School Association
SC Homeschooling Connection
South Carolina Department of Education
Westgate Christian Home Education Association
York Education at Home

Your Stories About Home Schooling

  • Meet the Diveley Family

    "They are more social today than they were in school because our schedule is so flexible."
  • Meet the Campbell Family

    "We had met several home schooling families with children whose character, manners, and social skills we admired very much."
  • Meet the Wood Family

    "The time that Bill and I got to spend with our oldest daughters in high school was fabulous."