Support Groups
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in South Carolina.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
Co-Ops
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in South Carolina.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Resource Centers
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Group Management
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
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Tri-County Educational Association of Community Homeschoolers (TEACH)
TEACH is a co-operative support group of approximately 40 homeschooling families who have joined together to support each other in their efforts to educate their children. They do this by sharing information and experiences as well as participating together in field trips, classes, and social activities.
Upstate Konos Support Group Email List
Upstate Konos Support Group is a members only Christian based group for families in South Carolina who use the Konos curricula. They help families find other users in their area to communicate and/or co-op with, locate a sales representative for materials & supplies, and answer questions.
N.I.C.H.E. - The Network of Inclusive Coastal Home Educators
N.I.C.H.E. is a diverse support group of home educating families tolerant of all members' differences, be they religious, educational or political in nature. They are inclusive and welcoming to all who desire to educate their own children in an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and fun. This group serves the area from Myrtle Beach to Pawley's Island.
CM Families of the South
The purpose of this loop is to encourage homeschooling families living in the Southern states who are trying to incorporate the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in their homes in their efforts to raise their children with an enthusiasm for learning.
Special Homeschoolers
This is a Christian baed email support group for parents homeschooling special needs children in South Carolina.
Georgia Homeschool Network
This Facebook group offers a place where homeschool families can come together and stay up-to-day on what's going on in the homeschool world in Georgia. 
South Carolina Homeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in South Carolina, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
Upstate Christian Homeschoolers (UCH)
UCH is a homeschool support group designed for Christian families who live in the Spartanburg County, Polk County, and Tryon areas of the Carolinas. They offer curricula support, park days, shared educational classes, Parents' Nights Out, and more.
Together In Education and Support (TIES)
Together In Education and Support (TIES) is a free homeschool support group located in the Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston, and Berkley county areas of South Carolina. They operate in a co-op format, so that every member can contribute. This group was established to provide encouragement, guidance, and support to one another as homeschoolers and friends based upon closely held Christian principles.
Charleston Unschoolers
This is an email list designed to connect unschoolers in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.
South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA)
SCHEA was formed in 1987 to support home educators in South Carolina and to perform a lead role to create legal protection for home education in South Carolina. SCHEA, working with many other concerned individuals and organizations, was instrumental in convincing the state legislature to create the first South Carolina law requiring recognition of home schooling in 1988. Today, committed volunteer home school families from across the state continue to work through SCHEA to create opportuniti...
Carolina Homeschooler
The Carolina Homeschooler network formed in 2004 to increase communication, networking, and support for South Carolina's Third Option homeschoolers. Third Option homeschoolers are those who have chosen an accountability association which operates under Section 59-65-47 (the third option) of the SC Code of Laws.
Spartanburg Homeschoolers
Spartanburg Homeschoolers is a support group for homeschoolers in the Spartanburg area. They are open to any homeschooling family regardless of ethnicity, faith, lifestyle or home-educating style. Their primary focus is to provide social opportunities for their families.
Christian Home Educators of Laurens County (CHELC)
Christian Home Educators of Laurens County (CHELC) is a support group offering information and opportunties for positive social interaction for home educated children.
Upstate Homeschoolers Unlimited
Upstate Homeschoolers Unlimited is an inclusive homeschool group. They meet for educational activities, socialization, and support.
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