HOME EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS TRAINING
P.O. BOX 2591 ANDERSON, SC 29622
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Home Education and Religious Training (HEART) is an organization established under Section 59-65-47 and was established in 1998. Our philosophy is parental responsibility for all aspects of their homeschooling as established by our legislators in this statute. Personal records are maintained by the parent-teacher.
The state of South Carolina has three options from which homeschoolers can choose to comply with our state’s homeschooling laws: The most recent, Section 59-65-47 (see p. 3). Section 59-65-40, which allows for school district maintenance of your student’s records and administration of their required yearly tests? and Section 59-65-445, which establishes the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) as a home school option. (Please note: Some homeschoolers incorporate as a private school through the Secretary of State instead of one of the aforementioned options, however, many school districts will not recognize this as a viable option and may challenge families on the basis of educational neglect.)
Section 59-65-47 does not require annual standardized testing of students; therefore, HEART allows parents to choose whatever means they desire to assess student progress. We do strongly urge that you take advantage of testing that is offered through the Anderson Home School Association or some other yearly testing to evaluate your child’s progress.
HEART is designed for families who do not need assistance in selecting curricula or home/lifestyle management advice.
Why should you choose HEART? HEART was established solely to meet the needs of the Anderson Home School Association’s members. This is why we do not open the membership to those who do not belong to AHSA. If you feel HEART can satisfactorily meet your needs for homeschooling in compliance with the laws of South Carolina, please follow the instructions for membership application. Please read about the additional services that we offer. Submit your application when registering for AHSA membership on-line, along with your membership dues. These dues can be paid online through PayPal. See the link in the left, blue side-bar "pay online with PayPal."
HEART will not accept any members after November 30th of the current school year. (Exception: HEART will accept a new member after the cut-off date if the new family has recently moved to the Anderson area)
Thank you for considering HEART as your homeschooling liaison with the state.
HEART MEMBERSHIP INSTRUCTIONS
To join HEART:
1. The family must be a member in good standing of the Anderson Home School Association (AHSA). Not all members of AHSA are members of HEART (because some choose the first or second legal options, or other option 3 groups), but ALL members of HEART are members of AHSA. If you do not wish to join AHSA, other 3rd option groups are available. Check out http://www.schomeeducatorsassociation.org/ for other 3rd group options in South Carolina.
2. Complete the Enrollment Application online at www.andersonhomeschool.org or by clicking "Request Membership" in the sidebar.
3. Check the calendar. HEART will not be accepting any members for after November 30th of the current school year. This deadline is firm. (see exception above)
4. Please read the HEART handbook in its entirety. Members will be required to sign and return to HEART an agreement to comply with the information contained in the handbook.
5. After completing your enrollment form, you may pay your dues online through PayPal. Click on the link in the left, blue side-bar "pay online with PayPal." Dues, which are nonrefundable after Board acceptance, are $15.00 per family per year. Your membership in HEART will not be valid until the fee is paid. HEART reserves the right to refuse any application for membership. No student on probation with the state is eligible for membership with HEART. Your membership is active until July 31 of the current school year.
5. Members of HEART must abide by the requirements of Section 59-65-47 (listed below).
6. HEART requires ALL members to attend a mandatory meeting in April to show plan books, portfolios, attendance and progress reports.
7. If a member does not attend the mandatory meeting or does not have the items listed in Section (d) of the Homeschool Law, the family will be removed from membership in HEART (and thus will not be legally accountable in the state of SC). This does not affect your membership with the Anderson Home School Association (AHSA) support group. Please remember that AHSA is a support group and not an accountability group.
*You are not legal under this option until all paperwork has been completed, fees paid and the board has approved the application. You will receive an acceptance letter by mail. Please print a copy for your personal records.
HOMESCHOOL LAW REVISION
Section 4. Title 65 of the 1976 Code by adding a new section to read:
Section 59-65-47. In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-47 or Section 59-65-45, parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for home schools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of the associations exempt the home school from further requirements of Section 59-65-40 or 59-65-45.
The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to insure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:
a) a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general education development (GED) certificate
b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days
c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature and
d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:
a plan book, diary, or record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage
a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work and
a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.
By January thirtieth of each year, all associations shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts.