SC Homeschool Law
Homeschooling under the Third Option is an excellent choice for South Carolina homeschool families. The Third Option allows families to choose what best fits their student’s learning styles and interests. Families are free to choose whatever curriculum - or no curriculum...the choice is yours! Families are not bound to a school calendar and standardized test are a choice.
Assessment & Testing
Standardized test are not required when you homeschool under the SC Third Option Homeschool Law - we recommend that families use standardized test to measure student progress and determine appropriate rigor, curriculum, and necessary academic support and advancements.
We recommend testing because it allows concrete evidence and provides data relevant to your student's academic achievement. While you have the right to homeschool in South Carolina, Schools have the right to refuse homeschool coursework. Records of assessment show what students learned compared to what is noted on a homeschool transcript. Should you choose to send your student back to a South Carolina Public School, this data will ensure your student is placed appropriately with necessary supports.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires Public Schools to offer testing and services to families of Special Needs Students.
Although this list is not exhaustive, it is a starting guide of strong, critical information, necessary for any homeschool parent/guardian to know. The more you know, the better you educate your child!