Buzzword of the Day: Accredited

Today we have a new buzzword: Accredited. I have heard this word more in the past few weeks than I’ve heard for years before. For some reason, this is suddenly a big concern. At least, for public school officials in South Carolina. Do you look for programs that are accredited? Do you know what it […]

Profile of a South Carolina Graduate

The Department of Education has developed a profile of a South Carolina graduate. It stands as the goal of the public education system to produce a well-rounded, productive citizen. Let’s see if our homeschool grads fit the profile, too. As homeschoolers, that’s our goal too. I think it’s beneficial to take a look at the […]

Quiz Yourself: Homeschool Laws in SC

How much to do you REALLY know? Quiz yourself: Homeschool Laws in South Carolina! As part of my job, I’m often explaining what the homeschool law says and means here in South Carolina. New homeschoolers usually want to know about testing requirements–because “how will you know if they are learning otherwise?” But, that’s not how […]

Parent Made Transcripts

Let’s talk about the parent made transcripts. In a previous post, I’ve talked about ch-ch-ch-changes in South Carolina that are important for high schoolers to know. One of the questions that has still been up in the air was whether parent made transcripts would be acceptable for college admissions and state scholarship qualifications. Many homeschool […]

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 […]

Compulsory Attendance Law in South Carolina

Read the Compulsory Attendance Law for yourself. The source is here: SC Code of Law Title 59 Education, chapter 65 Attendance. I have highlighted the parts that are helpful for those considering homeschooling or those considering Kindergarten waiver. 59-65-10 Kindergarten and Compulsory Attendance Requirements (A) All parents or guardians shall cause their children or wards […]

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 […]

Are Minimum Standards of the Law Enough?

Are minimum standards of the law enough for homeschool oversight? How can we be sure that associations are providing sufficient oversight with minimal requirements and minimal services? Can parents really be trusted to provide quality education? Maybe you’ve encountered questions like this…or maybe you’ve wondered this about our fellow homeschoolers. Or maybe you have even questioned yourself–can this […]

School Choice Rally for Education in South Carolina

The School Choice Rally in South Carolina is Wednesday, January 25th at 11 am in Township Auditorium. It’s the state’s biggest celebration of the educational choices parents have available. Many local celebrations are going on all over the state and around the nation for National School Choice week: January 22-28th. Here in South Carolina, parents can […]