Homeschooling in South Carolina

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about the homeschooling options available in South Carolina with this article. You can check out state regulations, find out what you need to teach, and get access to some great educational tools.

Ways to Homeschool in South Carolina

Homeschoolers in South Carolina can choose from three different educational options. You can choose to teach your children by yourself. This option requires you to apply through your local school district's board of trustees. You may also join the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). You can register with this organization through their website (

Finally, you can enroll in a different homeschool organization, as long as it includes at least 50 other homeschooling families and meets state regulations. You can find a list of potential homeschool organizations on the website for the South Carolina Department of Education (

Educational Requirements in South Carolina

While you may choose any of these options to begin teaching your child, the educational requirements of the state remain largely the same across the board. In order to teach your child you must have the equivalent of a high school diploma. Every year that you homeschool you will need to provide instruction in:

  • Language arts (this includes reading and writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science

Additionally, from grades 7-12 you will need to teach composition and literature.

You will need to teach your child for at least 180 days every school year. If you are homeschooling on your own, you are required to provide instruction for at least 4 ½ hours on each of those days. Keep in mind that you must make sure your child can access a library.

Online Homeschooling Resources

If you need some help setting up your curriculum, you can check out online homeschool courses that cover a broad range of subjects. These courses are available for different grade levels, allowing you to pick the option that best meets the needs of your child. Check out these resources:

English9th Grade English
10th Grade English
11th Grade English
12th Grade English
AP English Literature
AP English Language
MathematicsHigh School Algebra I
High School Algebra II
High School Trigonometry
High School Precalculus
AP Calculus
ScienceMiddle School Physical Science
Middle School Earth Science
High School Physical Science
High School Physics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
Social ScienceHigh School Psychology
AP Macroeconomics
HumanitiesAP Music Theory
HistoryMiddle School World History
Middle School U.S. History
High School World History
High School U.S. History
AP World History
AP European History
AP U.S. History

Younger children can benefit from these science, social studies, language arts and math courses for kids. These study guides include short, fun lessons that can help your child build a firm understanding of these subjects.

Record Keeping in South Carolina

All forms of homeschooling in South Carolina require some form of record keeping. While the SCAIHS may have specific rules for how records are gathered and maintained, in general you will need to keep track of:

  • The subjects you teach
  • Activities your child completes
  • Samples of your child's academic work
  • Progress assessments

Semiannual progress reports that contain information about your child's attendance and academic growth are also required if you teach by yourself or through a homeschool association.

Annual Testing in South Carolina

If you teach your child on your own, he or she will need to complete annual standardized tests. This includes the Basic Skills Assessment Program. You cannot give the tests yourself; someone from the school district must administer them. The SCAIHS also includes a yearly testing program that your child will participate in. Other homeschool organizations may test differently. Make sure you research the testing practices of any organization before you join.

Graduation in South Carolina

While the state doesn't offer homeschooled students a high school diploma, you can choose to make your own. SCAIHS creates and distributes diplomas to children who meet certain criteria, and other homeschooling organizations may have diploma options of their own. However, these diplomas may not be considered official.

Your child can complete the GED in order to earn a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma. Preparing for this exam is easy with this GED Study Guide. This online course allows your child to view short video lessons at any time. Students can work on interactive quizzes to measure their progress and contact subject matter experts if they're having trouble understanding a certain subject.

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