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.
What's Popular
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alliance Homeschool Accountability Association
Alliance Homeschool Accountability Association (AHAA) is open to everyone in South Carolina who wants to homeschool their children, regardless of your religious creed, church denomination, or the city you live. They run the accountability association under a non-profit model, with a combination of paid staff and a large network of volunteers, which helps us keep membership fees as low as possible. Its task is to give homeschool families an affordable and engaging opportunity to educate their chi...
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...
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 Homeschoolers Unlimited
Upstate Homeschoolers Unlimited is an inclusive homeschool group. They meet for educational activities, socialization, and support.
South Carolina Homeschooling Discussion
The South Carolina Homeschooling Discussion Group is for SC homeschoolers, those thinking about homeschooling in this state, or newcomers to SC who want to learn more.
South Carolina Homeschool Network (SCHN)
South Carolina Homeschool Network (SCHN) offers information on South Carolina's homeschooling laws, accountability associations, support groups, events, links, national news, research and reports on homeschooling, information on publications, homeschool catalogs and more.
Special Homeschoolers
This is a Christian baed email support group for parents homeschooling special needs children in South Carolina.
Christian Homeschooler's Association of South Eastern South Carolina (CHASE SC)
CHASE SC is a nonprofit Christian association that provides information and resources for homeschoolers in South Carolina. Their website is full of information. (Be warned that all of their internal links open up a new window, making this website somewhat difficult to navigate.)
Charleston Unschoolers
This is an email list designed to connect unschoolers in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.
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.
Upstate Konos Support Group
Upstate Konos Support Group is Christian based for families of SC who use the Konos curicula. They help families find other users in their area to communicate and/or co-op with, locate a sales representative for materials and supplies, and answer questions.
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Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home
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The Outdoor Life of Children: The Importance of Nature Study and Outside Activities (Charlotte Mason Topics - Volume 2
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