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CHASE SC
Christian Homeschooler's Association of South Eastern South Carolina
PO Box 58
Ruffin, SC 29475
843-866-7208
CHASESC@chasesc.com


CHASE SC Site Index

days to June 30th, 2004, the school year end for CHASE SC.

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All homeschoolers, and home schools should consult their attorney, or HSLDA for all legal matters.


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SC Homeschool Laws


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Section 59-65-40
Section 59-65-45
Section 59-65-46
Section 59-65-47

SC Code of Laws 59-65-Attendance of Pupils-
Article 1. Compulsory Attendance

Legal Contacts

Attorneys Across SC Knowledgeable
In South Carolina Homeschooling Law


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Section 59-65-40

(A) Parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is approved by the district board of trustees of the district in which children reside. A district board of trustees shall approve home schooling programs which meet the following standards:

(1)

(a) the parent holds at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate or

(b) has earned a baccalaureate degree;

(2) the instructional day is at least four and one-half hours, excluding lunch and recesses, and the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;

(3) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature;

(4) as evidence that a student is receiving regular instruction, the parent shall present a system for maintaining and maintain the following records for inspection upon reasonable notice by a representative of the school district:

(a) a plan book, diary, or other written record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent engage;

(b) a portfolio of samples of the student's academic work; and

(c) a record of evaluations of the student's academic progress. A semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized assessments of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (3) must be submitted to the school district.

(5) students must have access to library facilities;

(6) students must participate in the annual statewide testing program and the Basic Skills Assessment Program approved by the State Board of Education for their appropriate grade level. The tests must be administered by a certified school district employee either with public school students or by special arrangement the student's place of instruction, at the parent's option. The parent is responsible for paying the test administrator if the test is administered at the student's home; and

(7) parents must agree in writing to hold the district, the district board of trustees and the district's employees harmless for any educational deficiencies of the student sustained as a result of home instruction. At any time the school district determines that the parent is not maintaining the home school program in keeping with the standard specified in this section the district board of trustees shall notify the parent to correct the deficiencies within thirty days. If the deficiencies are not corrected within thirty days, the district board of trustees may withdraw its approval.

(B) The district board of trustees shall provide for an application process which elicits the information necessary for processing the home schooling request, including a description of the program, the texts and materials to be used, the methods of program evaluation, and the place of instruction. Parents must be notified in advance of the date, place, and time of the meeting at which the application is considered by the board and parents may be heard at the meeting.

(C) Within the first fifteen instructional days of the public school year, students participating in home instruction and eligible for enrollment in the first grade of the public schools must be tested to determine their readiness for the first grade using the readiness instrument approved by the State Board of Education for public school students. If a student is determined to be 'not ready' or is determined to lack the necessary emotional maturity, the parent must be advised by appropriate school district personnel whether a kindergarten or a first grade curriculum should be used for the child. Nothing in this section may be interpreted to conflict with a parent's right to exempt his child form kindergarten as provided in Section 59-65-10(A).

(D) Should a student in a home schooling program score below the test requirements of the promotion standard prescribed for public school students by the State Board of Education for one year, the district board of trustees shall decide whether or not the student shall receive appropriate instructional placement in the public school, special services as a handicapped student, or home schooling with an instructional support system at parental expense. The right of a parent to enroll his child in a private or parochial school as provided in Section 59-65-10(A) is unaffected by this provision.

(E) If a parent is denied permission to begin or continue home schooling by a district board of trustees, the decision of the school board may be appealed, within ten days, to the State Board of Education. Any appeal from the decision of the State Board of Education must be taken, within thirty days, to the family court.

Web 66 International School Web Registry - South Carolina Schools and Districts on the Web
http://web66.coled.umn.edu/schools/US/SouthCarolina.html

South Carolina Department of Education
http://www.sde.state.sc.us/


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Section 59-65-45

In lieu of the requirements of 59-65-40 (the home schooling law), parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of SCAIHS exempts the home schooler from the further requirements of 59-65-40.

The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the associations standard to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum include:

a) A parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general education development (GED) Certificate;

b) the instructional year is at least 180 days;

c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seen through twelve, compositions and literature.

By January thirtieth of each year, SCAIHS shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children's respective school districts.


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Section 59-65-46

Home schooling of foster child.
A foster parent may teach a foster child at home as provided in Sections 59-65-40, 59-65-45, or any other provision of law, if, in addition to any other requirements, home schooling of the child has been approved by the Department of Social Services or other agency having custody of the child.


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Section 59-65-47

Effective June 20, 1996, under Title 59, Chapter 65 of the 1976 Code the following section was added:

Section 59-65-47. In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45, parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for homeschools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standard of the association exempts the home school from the further requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45

The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:

(a) A parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate;

(b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;

(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and

(d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:

(1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;

(2) a portfolio of samples of the student's academic work; and

(3) a semi-annual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.

By January thirtieth of each year, all associations shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children's respective school districts.


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SC Code of Laws 59-65-Attendance of Pupils-
Article 1. Compulsory Attendance


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Legal Contacts


Association of Home School Attorneys
lconrad@ahsa-usa.org
AHSA is an informal network of attorneys and legal experts
in the United States supporting homeschooling and homeschoolers by providing legal information about homeschooling issues,
empowering homeschoolers to have the legal tools they need to meet homeschooling challenges,
and providing a network of attorneys for legal representation.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
540-338-5600
http://www.hslda.org/
E-mail: info@hslda.org

The Rutherford Institute
P.O. Box 7482
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482
Phone: 434-978-3888
(8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern)
Fax: 434-978-1789
General inquiries: staff@rutherford.org
Legal assistance: tristaff@rutherford.org
Website: http://www.rutherford.org/

American Center for Law and Justice
PO Box 64429
Virginia Beach, VA 23467
Phone: 757-226-2489
Fax: 757-226-2836
Website: http://www.aclj.org/


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Attorneys Across SC Knowledgeable
In South Carolina Homeschooling Law

Charleston, SC

Alvin C. Biggs
843-875-9804

Curtis E. Bostic Esq.
Vincent & Bostic
843-402-0102

Mr. Jason (Jan) Kauser
843-569-1125

Mr. Thomas P. Lowndes, Jr.
Attorney at Law
843-723-1688

Please let us know of any that you know of so that we can provide you with a good listing.


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~ CHASE SC Home ~

Make sure to stop by our home page for lots of other great home school resources. Standardized Testing, Special Needs Homeschooling, Learning Modalities & Styles, Timeline Information, Portfolios, Questions About Diplomas, GED, and Transcripts are just a few of the resources waiting for you at our home page.


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~ About CHASE SC... ~ The Law ~ Explanation of the Third Option Law, 59-65-47 ~

~ CHASE SC Lifetime Membership Application ~ CHASE SC Yearly Compliance & Update Form ~

~ SC Support Groups ~ SC Accountability Associations ~ Q & A About CHASE SC ~


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~ Free Forms For Home Schools ~

You don't want to miss out on this great resource, there's nearly 200 Free Forms for your homeschool!

Be Prepared, Evaluations, Assessments, Report Cards, Planners, Goal Sheets, Sample Letters, Transcripts, High School Course Credit & Syllabus, Diplomas, Journals, Logs, Checklists, Traveling Through Time Timelines, Other Helps for the Homeschool (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies), Postcards, and Getting Organized in Your Home are the categories you can choose from.

Q. Can you provide other forms on your web site?
A.
As time permits, we would be happy to serve you with as many forms as we can. Please email us and let us know what you'd like to see, CHASESC@chasesc.com.


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