South Carolina Homeschool Law: Option 3


The following regulations are for homeschooling in South Carolina as a member of a Homeschool Association.


Notify The School District

The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, requires you to be a paid member of a South Carolina Homeschool Association. The South Carolina Department of Education offers a list of the legal homeschool associations in South Carolina. Membership in one of these association will fulfill this notification regulation. Your association of choice must report your enrollment to your school district each year you are enrolled.

If You Need To Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attending a South Carolina Public School then you will need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. The first step of the withdrawal process is to pick a homeschool association (click on link above for a list of official associations). After you register with your association of choice they will provide you or your school with the necessary paperwork to officially withdraw your child (i.e. a withdrawal form and proof of membership). Your child’s school may also have specific paperwork for you to fill out (i.e. release of records, etc.).



The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, requires you to have a high school diploma, a GED, or a baccalaureate degree in order to homeschool your child.

(see legal reference #1)


Hours Of Instruction

The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, requires you to teach at least 180 days/year.

(see legal reference #1)


Required Subjects

The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, requires you to teach at least the following 5 subjects:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science
  5. Social Studies

For grades 7-12 add the following 2 subjects, for a total of 7 subjects:

  1. Composition
  2. Literature

(see legal reference #1)


Keep Records

The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, requires you to keep the following records of your homeschooling:

  • a written record of the subjects you teach and activities you participate in
  • a portfolio of samples of your child’s academic work
  • a record of evaluations of your child’s academic progress

The law also requires you to submit a semiannual progress report to your homeschool association. This progress report must include the following:

  • records of your child’s attendance
  • academic assessments of your child’s progress in each of the required educational subjects

(see legal reference #1)



The South Carolina Homeschool Law Option 3, does not require homeschool students to participate in testing.

However, some homeschool associations recommend or require achievement testing.


Legal References

  1. Homeschool Option 3 Regulations: South Carolina Code of Laws 59-65-47.


This summary is for informational purposes only and is not given as legal advice. does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above.

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