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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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."