PACESC: SERVING HOMESCHOOLERS, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME

Homeschooling for many is a "crisis intervention" for a child having trouble in school, be it with other children, attendance, or behavioral problems.  Homeschooling is a wonderful choice for those families that are committed to educating their children and who understand the commitment AND the consequences.  Many families successfully homeschool their children from grade school through high school and onto college.  Many children have earned scholarships and been accepted to prostigeous schools.  Not all children choose to go to college but are none the less successful and well adjusted adults!  But while SC has homeschool laws in place to give parents the option to education their children at home... Let us not confuse "tolerance of homeschoolers" with "accepance of homeschooling"!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RETURNING TO PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL!

"I WANT MY CHILD TO RETURN TO HIGH SCHOOL AND HE HAS ALREADY EARNED CREDITS AT HOME."

Please be informed that while the public school system is obligated to provide a free education to children within their district... they have regulations governing how they can decide to do that... and exceptions to that obligation when your children have been expelled.

The State Department of Education has informed us that under State Board Regulation Article 43-259 I.B.2, the school districts in SC do not have to accept high school credits from homeschoolers... The actual parograph reads:

"Credit shall be accepted when official transcripts are received from schools that are accredited by a state or by one of the following: the New England Association of Colleges and Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Western Association of Colleges and Schools, or the Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools. Credit from nonaccredited schools must be validated by standardized examinations by the local administrator to evaluate the student’s prior academic work and/or the student may be given a tentative assignment in classes for a probationary period."

If you intend to have your child return to public school... Please contact the school prior to returning to plan your curriculum accordingly.  Know what programs of study they accept and what testing they may require.  Be informed.  Be prepared! 

PACESC is working on compiling a list of the homeschool curriculum and academies that meet the above accreditation requirements.  If you use one of these programs... your "Credits shall be accepted" by their own regulations.  Look for it.  You may check with the program you are in, but be careful that it meets one of the Association of Colleges and Schools above.  There are many types of accreditations.

***  Nothing we say or post is intended to be legal advice, and is distributed for information purpose only.  It is not intended to be and does not constitute the giving of legal advice.  For more information about the laws and regulations in SC, please contact your own attorney.***

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