Who’s the Authority Anyway?

How do we know “you homeschoolers” are official? Who oversees you? Who’s the authority that holds you accountable anyway? These are the questions I often hear from school officials. Sometimes I hear homeschoolers saying similar things. I believe these questions are missing the foundational concept about education–and who is the authority over it anyway? Are […]

180 Day Reports Due

It’s that time of year again! Your association says: “180 day reports due.” Yes, it’s true. No matter what association or accountability option you chose–you have an end of the year report to do. Please don’t say that your association doesn’t have a 180 day report. I promise they do. And it’s important. Even if […]

I chose Option 1

Option 1 in South Carolina that means you register with the school district as your homeschool accountability. Most homeschoolers prefer to register with a homeschool association instead. But, I chose Option 1–the school district–for many years. Why would I do that? First, let me explain that my husband is a public school teacher. And I was […]

The SHOW ME Response When Officials Overreach

It might happen to you someday. Some official may ask you to meet some non-existent requirement of the law. No need to panic. No need to have a lawyer on speed dial. You need to know the “Show Me” response when officials overreach like that. It’s simple, really. Fear Factor or Urban Legend? In conversations […]

Shining the Spotlight on 3rd Option

Today, I’m shining the spotlight on 3rd Option Accountability. Who ever heard of 3rd Option? And what do 3rd Option directors do anyway? Well, we’re here–and actually the majority of homeschoolers in South Carolina utilize 3rd Option Associations. Spotlight 3rd Option In previous posts, we have talked about the homeschool enrollment numbers. Still, there remains a public misconception that […]

Oconee County Third Option Group

This post was proofread by Grammarly “Our goal at Oconee County Third Option Group is to encourage as much autonomy as the law allows for families so we focus on the specific requirements of the law and do not place additional restrictions or requirements on our members.” ~Melissa Bone, Director Service Area: Oconee County Only […]

2015-2016 Homeschool Enrollment Numbers

In January each year, Homeschool Association directors send their homeschool enrollment numbers to the respective school districts. This is part of what the law requires here. So, while the districts are busy tallying this year’s numbers, let’s take a look at the 2015-2016 Homeschool enrollment numbers. I got a copy of the Home School Survey conducted Winter […]

Ninja 3 Op

We call ourselves the “Ninja Homeschoolers” because we are skilled educators who are strong in our desire to educate our children, astute in knowing what is best for them, and disciplined in pursuing excellence. All Ninja qualities. We are homeschoolers by day and Ninjas by night!! ~Jennifer Ackerman, Director Service Area:  Statewide Office Location: 199 Riverbirch Lane, […]

Public and Private Virtual Schools in South Carolina

Public and private virtual schools are often confused with homeschooling. There may be some similarities, but there are some very important distinctions about legalities and funding. The laws that govern these schools are different from Homeschools. Funding is different, because public funding is not available to homeschoolers (and many homeschoolers actively oppose such funding measures). Note: These Virtual Schools […]

Meet the NEW Director at TSCHAA

I’d like to introduce the new director at The South Carolina Homeschool Accountability Association, also known by its initials TSCHAA. In the past years, unresolved complaints about this association reached the Better Business Bureau, the SC Department of Education, social media and even Yelp.  I reached out to the previous director to bring these complaints […]