The Upstate Homeschool Co-op began in 1997 and was incorporated in 2003. The co-op is not designed to take the place of the parents educating the children at home, but to provide enhancement opportunities in the overall education of the student. The Upstate Homeschool Co-op is organized and administered by paid staff and teachers. The UHC Staff is responsible for the week-to-week co-op administration and policy decisions under the authority of the Board of Directors. We offer classes for home school students on Mondays and Wednesdays taught by paid professionals. The majority of our teachers are degreed in the field they are teaching. Our co-op classes are held at Grace Church, at the Taylors campus, located at 2701 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29615.
In 1997 a group of 5 homeschooling families with 19 students started meeting one time a week to teach a variety of subjects in the home of Rex and Suzanne Brown in Taylors, SC. From there, other families asked to be a part of what was happening weekly. As the group grew, they began meeting at various churches in the upstate of SC changing location as the need for space expanded. UHC incorporated and became a 501c3 soon thereafter.
Under the leadership of our Executive Director and Founder, Suzanne Brown, by the end of the 2021-22 school year, the Upstate Homeschool Co-op had grown to over 900 students and is opening their second campus located in Spartanburg, SC during the 2022-23 school year. Offering over 240 classes just on the Greenville campus alone, our hybrid educational program gives students the best of the educational world! Meeting together 1-2 days a week depending on the grade level and location of campus, the students have the benefit of gifted teachers with a variety of classes from which to choose. UHC also has a Dual Enrollment partnership with North Greenville University where professors come to the UHC campus and teach college courses that give the qualified student a highschool credit as well as a transferable college credit.
UHC has a Learning Differences program that serves the needs of students with documented learning challenges. The Learning Differences director plans a course of study along with the parent that offers needed accommodations for students in the program.
UHC hosts a yearly K5 graduation as well as a highschool graduation that has remained personable even with the continued growth of the senior class. Additionally students have the opportunity to participate in Jr and Sr Beta Clubs as well as yearbook newspaper and Student Government. We have a close sister organization in the Greenville Hurricanes offering a wide variety of sports. Students also have many opportunities for field trips and social gatherings throughout the year.