In our last couple posts about homeschooling we have shared thoughts and choices, but I want to delve further into the third option available. So, here we are able to see the choices laid out and option three allows a parent to choose an accountability association. When I first accessed the list of homeschool associations…it was overwhelming. The list is linked on this page, under the option 3 list. I thoroughly enjoy researching things, so I figured I would help maybe even the one person that stumbles on this post and would like a quick breakdown. Hopefully this research aids you in your homeschool association options and allows you to choose the best fit for your family.
South Carolina Homeschool Associations
The list below will include the name, which includes a link to the association website, and cost. Additional information will be added. There are standard requirements every association must follow under Section 59-65-47 here. Please keep in mind these associations do have late fees, so pay attention to registration dates. I have divided the list up into tiers, since there are over 30 associations to choose from. If you are a member of any association or have input to share, please do! I sorted this list into tiers depending on my own thoughts and opinions, so hopefully they will only assist in your search and not close you off to any choices.
Brilliant Minds Homeschool Accountability Association
Cost: $50/student and $45 for each additional. (Early registration discounts are often available.)
Info: Helpful planning/curriculum links in the More section at the top of the page.
Half Moon Homeschool Accountability Association
Cost: $25 for early registration and $50 normally. Additional students $20 each.
Info: Diplomas are available for an additional cost. Activity ideas listed on this page.
Lowcountry Homeschool Association
Info: This site is packed with information, I highly recommend checking it out. Even if you don’t choose this association, there are many links for downloadable forms. Teacher/student photo ID links. Links to discounts as well on the same page with the ID.
Mountains to Sea Homeschool Association
Info: Well laid out basic site. No additional requirements needed aside from end of the year form and they seem to be very helpful if anything is need. This association also offers honor level course validation (as of 2019).
The S.C. Homeschool Accountability Association, LLC (TSCHAA)
Info: Downloadable forms. Field trips are mentioned in the FAQ section.
*The first and second tier associations are really sorted based on my own opinions and first impressions. Some of these associations do not align with my beliefs, they lack information or the cost just doesn’t match up with services offered.*
Academic Advantage Association
Cost: $50/family and $100 for a high school package. Tiered pricing dependent on the grade of your student. Also discounts for early registration.
Info: Curriculum list required with application. Membership cards are available. Special seminars and events throughout the year to encourage and support families. Online store through association here. I would recommend if you do not go with this association to use their forms, incredibly helpful, since some associations don’t have forms.
Alliance Homeschool Association
Extras: Membership card and access to events. Not too much info on the site, you need a membership to gain full access.
At Home in the Lowcountry Home School Association
Cost: $30/family (List here of additional services available.)
Info: Located on the right hand side of this page, they can review all of your records after giving 24 hour notice.
Cost: $75/student and $25 for each additional. Maximum cost of $150.
Info: Free access to Kids Discover Online. Members-only field trips, park days, camping trips, road trips, classes, workshops and field studies. Downloadable membership card for free admission to zoos and discounts. Even if you don’t want to attend their field trips, they have great ideas for making a solo trip.
Note: My only concern with this association would be the lack of communication options, only email is provided. I’m not one to bother someone (or speak on the phone at all really), but for a business there should be a phone option. Also, information or background about the director would be nice.
Christian Homeschoolers’ Association of SC
Info: I’m a little weary of this site, as I tried accessing it multiple times in the span of a few months, but it was only accessible sometimes. Printable family member cards offered. This page states they have sample forms for recordkeeping, but they aren’t available to look at. Also, special workshop events are mentioned, but I was not able to find any information on that either.
Cost: $60/family (Additional fees for seniors and graduation linked on home page in membership application.)
Info: Further details on the progress reports needed throughout the year located on the home page. Teacher and high school student identification available. Some helpful forms that are useable to anyone.
Cost: $25 for kindergarten only. $35 for a single student family and $60 for multiple students. Additional fees for high school students and services.
Info: Discounted memberships to other organizations as listed towards the bottom of the FAQs page.
Note: Listed on the FAQs page it states “you will never go wrong choosing your marriage over your child”, which I’d have to disagree with and it influenced my thoughts of this particular homeschool association. I would recommend completely reading through this page to ensure your beliefs align.
Grace School Association
Cost: $45 for kindergarten only, otherwise $75/family. (Fees added for high school students. Info located on main page.)
Info: Helpful forms located under their forms and essentials section. Store available, but it doesn’t appear to allow anyone to purchase online. The Grace+ program allows the parent to pay extra for more accountability, if family desires. Note: I moved this association to Tier 2, due to the cost. A bit expensive for little being offered.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Homeschool Compliance Association
Info: Membership cards mailed to members.
PACESC: Parents Association for Christian Education in South Carolina
Info: Site is laid out a little odd with over half of it not being used. I just couldn’t make it through this site. (Does anyone else’s OCD kick in when they see like 120 different fonts and colors on one page?)
Palmetto Homeschool Association, Inc.
Cost: $25 for kindergarten $65 for 2 or more students K-12 and $40/student 1st-12th
Info: Mid-year checklist due on January 15th.
REACH the TOP (RTT)
Info: Formerly known as REACH the TOP, SC TOP is now available to all SC homeschoolers. This accountability association used to be in Tier 3 of my list, until December 2018 when availability was opened up (no longer only for Columbia residents) and they no longer require membership into REACH support group. See more about SC TOP here. Progress reports must be submitted on January 5th and June 5th. Homeschool expo information. Field trips. Co-op classes and clubs.
Note: Parts of the site show the old pricing and some parts show new. Could definitely use some updating, a bit confusing.
United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited – AA
Cost: $70 for grades K-5 and $140 for grades 6-12 (Additional fees may be applicable.)
Info: Used to be named United Christian Homeschoolers Unlimited. Membership cards mailed to members. The site isn’t laid out the best, so I stopped searching around after a while.
*This group of associations either requires members to be in specific counties, have requirements other associations do not or minimal information.*
Community Bible Church Christian Academy
Info: Have to be a active member of Community Bible Church. If interested in this homeschool association and you meet the first requirement, take a look at this page, which gives access to their application packet. This site is poorly laid out and rather confusing with the homepage dedicated to furniture and miscellaneous ads.
Foothills Accountability Association
Cost: $40 per family, but there are additional fees for higher grades. Take a look at the application for membership link on this page.
Info: They require mandatory new member orientation and two face-to-face meetings per year. Useful forms are available for download.
Greenwood Christian School Home Educators Association (GCSHEA)
Cost: $100/student (Take a look at all of the additional charges under Fee Schedule.)
Info: Testing is required twice in the school years. First test between 4th-6th and again between 8th-9th. Parents are also asked to fill out a report card in August, January and June. A summer meeting is required for parents of children in the 6th grade or higher. Membership cards available. Classes/athletics available at Greenwood Christian School.
Heart Homeschool Group
Cost: $50 for early registration – $70/family normally. Additional fees high school students.
Info: Record checks are required in January, you can read more in their FAQ’s section. New member meeting also required. Great list of curriculum options here.
Homeward Education Association
Cost: $30 and a maximum of $60 for multiple students. High school students require additional fees.
Info: Requires curriculum list and copies of semi-annual progress reports, listed in the handbook. Curriculum ideas. Support groups. Link to a bookstore on the bottom right tab at the top of the page HEA Bookstore.
HOPE Accountability Group
Cost: $25 for accountability and $45 for a full membership (details here). Additional $15 fee available for CHOICE support group membership.
Info: Must be a resident of Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Oconee or Pickens county. Semi-annual reports twice a year, which can be submitted online. Helpful links to downloadable forms through an outside site. Additional forms available through the Forms link on the top of the association page. Curriculum resources.
Ninja 3 Op Group
Info: Semiannual progress reports required. Minimal information on site.
Vine and Branches Home Educators
Cost: $65 for accountability only & $99 for accountability/social
Info: Must be a resident of Horry or Georgetown county. I stopped researching due to the limited range of this homeschool. I would recommend reading their bylaws and statement of faith linked here.
*These associations either lack a website or information is difficult to find.*
Carolina Foothills Home School Association
Info: No website available.
New System School, Inc.
Info: No website available.
Oconee County Third Option Group (OCTOG)
Info: No website available.
Piedmont Home Educators’ Association
Cost: $55 and additional $25 for high school students.
Info: Reminds me of the site for PACESC, with over half of it not being used. Couldn’t locate any perks or interesting information. (As of 3/1/2019 the site is expired.)
Psalm 127 – Arrows
Info: No website available.
SAFE in Herald 5
Info: They are a support group only.
The Academy of Home Education
Info: Doesn’t appear to be an association, seems it is for distance learning. There is a store to purchase material. The website is consistently undergoing maintenance, I have only been able to access a handful of times.
The Upstate Association of Homeschools (TUAH)
Info: No website available.
Westgate Christian Home Education Association
Info: The site is linked to Westgate Christian School, so I have no idea what the homeschool association is about. Every link I clicked on didn’t reference the homeschool. If you are able to find anything please let me know in the comments below.