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SOUTH CAROLINA PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Protection and Advocacy for
People with Disabilities, Inc
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 782-0639
TDD: (803) 782-0639
Toll Free: (866) 275-7273
Toll Free TDD: (866) 232-4525
FAX: (803) 790-1946

Email: info@pandasc.org
Website: www.pandasc.org

Executive Director: Gloria Prevost
Email: Prevost@pandasc.org

Carolina Homeschooler

P.O. Box 1421, Lancaster, SC 29721
Contact: Dianna
Phone: (803) 285-2367
Email: editor@carolinahomeschooler.com
Website: http://www.carolinahomeschooler.com
A statewide network that supports, encourages, and informs homeschoolersin South Carolina. Description: A statewide network that supports, encourages, and informs South Carolina Third Option homeschoolers.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Statewide newsletter, online courses, online discussion list, and much more!
Cost: None

South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA)

P.O. Box 2707, Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: (803) 772-2330
Email: schea1@schomeeducatorsassociation.org
Website: http://www.schomeeducatorsassociation.org
Description: SCHEA is the statewide support organization for South Carolinahomeschool families. Since its formation in 1987, SCHEA has been instrumental educationally, legislatively, and favorably in supporting and promoting home education in South Carolina. SCHEA produces the annual two-day SC Homeschool Convention, complete with vendors, workshops, and nationally known keynote speakers. SCHEA operates a leaders' e-chain information system networked with support groups and associations across the state communicating events, announcements, and legislative news requiring swift action. SCHEA sponsors the annual SC Homeschool Debate Tournament each spring. SCHEA sponsors the state chapter, Rho Gamma, of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society to recognize academically gifted homeschooled students in SC. SCHEA offers educational and unity-building opportunities through regional & statewide leadership training conferences. SCHEA offers SCHEAtalk, a statewide discussion loop for homeschool leaders. SCHEA maintains a website providing information important to new & veteran homeschool families. SCHEA sponsors "South Carolina Homeschool Day at the Capitol." SCHEA is a non-profit educational organization and is governed and operated by a volunteer board of directors.
Requirements: General membership is open to homeschooling families of all faiths. However, SCHEA promotes a Christian world-view. Membership can be obtained by visiting our websitewww.SCHomeEducatorsAssociation.org downloading the membership application, and mailing it and the annual fee to SCHEA, PO Box 3231, Columbia, SC 29230-3231 or calling 803-772-2330 and requesting a membership application. SC support groups and accountability associations are welcomed to join SCHEA as members groups, which will offer SCHEA memberships to their member families at $15/year each.
Benefits: SCHEA members enjoy discounted admission to the annual statewide SC Homeschool Convention sponsored by SCHEA, discount membership when joining Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), discounts at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and other educator supply outlets, 10% discount and free shipping on home school orders through The Family Christian Stores in SC, NC and GA. Members also receive an informative quarterly newsletter, SCHEA's Ideas; assistance with information when getting started homeschooling; and promotion of our member support
groups. Cost: $25.00/year Individual Family Membership (Member group discounts - $15/year for their members) group

Christian Home Educators of Easley

138 Independence Way, Easley, SC 29640
Contact: Cindy Roberson
Phone: (864) 915-3984
Fax: (864) 850-0427
Email: chee29640@aol.com
Website: http://www.christianhomeeducatorsofeasley.com
We are a co-op based support group - a group of moms working together to give our kids the best education experience possible. Our mission is to give the children a place to get together with friends while at the same time enriching their home school experience through our co-op classes and middle and high school classes.

Christian Homeschooler's Asssociation of South Eastern South Carolina (CHASE SC)

P.O. Box 58, Ruffin, SC 29475
Phone: (843) 866-7208
Website: http://www.chasesc.com
Lots of free forms for homeschooling. Information on special needs, learning modalities, diplomas, and transcripts. SC support groups, laws and associations.

Christian Homeschoolers of Beaufort

P.O. Box 0354, Beaufort, SC 29901-0354
Contact: Tony Jones
Phone: (843) 838-2738
Email: chsb@earthlink.net
Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~chsb/
A non-denominational homeschool support group serving Beaufort and the surrounding area. We offer monthly teacher's support meetings and monthlyactivites including educational field trips, community service projects, P.E. activities, and specialized lessons.

CORE Homeschool Network

Serving the greater Greenville area
Email: CoreHsNetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com
We are an inclusive, non-directed group. All members are welcome to plan activities, fieldtrips, co-operative classes, etc. We offer park days, mothers' nights out and more.

Family Teaching Opportunities for Upstate Christian Homeschoolers(TOUCH)

3687 Pennington Road, Greer, SC 29651-5049
Contact: Tracy Elphick
Phone: (864) 918-9834 (cell- prefer email)
Email: btelphickfamily@charter.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Family_TOUCH/
Family TOUCH is a Christian support group which exists to minister to thehomeschooling families in the Greater Greenville area of Upstate South Carolina. We provide field trips, forums, support meetings, fellowships, book sales, family events, etc. to our member families. Our group is open to any Christian homeschooling family in the area who has read and agreed to our Statement of Faith.

Family TOUCH (Teaching Opportunities for Upstate ChristianHomeschoolers)

3687 Pennington Road, Greer, SC 29651-5049
Contact: Tracy Elphick
Email: btelphickfamily@charter.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Family_TOUCH/
Homeschool support group in the Greater Greenville area of Upstate, SC, providing monthly Mom's Support meetings, Parent's Night Out, special workshops and seminars, field trips, park days, other social gatherings, and other group opportunities such as Field Day, Science Night, History Night, Talent Night, Annual Picnic, Family Campout, etc. An extensive school year calendar of homeschooling events/activities is generated monthly to group members.

Grace Home School Association (GHSA)

137B South McQueen Street, Florence, SC 29501
Contact: Gloria Ferber
Phone: (843) 667-9777 or (888) 690-4229
Fax: (843) 667-8833
Email: grace@gracehsa.org
Website: http://www.gracehsa.org
We are a statewide accountability association, with a resource center located near the I-95 and I-20 junction offering new and used homeschoolingbooks, testing services, transcript services, and more!

Home Education Resources and Services (HERS)

4623 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (866) 883-4287


HSRD UPdate loop

Contact: Susan Ledford
Email:susanLedford9@aol.com
Phone: 864.576.5856
Description: The HSRD_update loop is a no-cost forum for sharing information of activities, events, news, and information for homeschoolers living in SC.
Requirements: No requirements.
Benefits: Annual printed publication available for purchase, but purchase is not required to join the update loop. Cost: none

Insights On Education Homeschool Association

P.O. Box 6702, Greenville, SC 29606
Contact: J. Boone, Director
Phone/Fax: (864) 335-9265
Website: http://www.insightsoneducation.org
Insights On Education is a statewide homeschool association serving families in South Carolina. IOE offers a family rate of $35 per school year and includes high school transcripts and graduation diploma.

Insights On Education Support Group (IOE)

Post Office Box 6702 Greenville, SC 29606
Contact: Jill Boone, Director
Email: IOE@emcd.net
Website: www.emcd.net
Phone: 864-295-5779
Description: Insights On Education holds home school support groups the first Thursday of each month during the school year. There is no cost to join us and families in the Upstate of SC are welcome to gather with us as we share and schedule events and trips.
Requirements: Support group members should be current SC home schooling families.
Benefits: Insights on Education is a statewide home school association and offers support group outlets in the Greenville County area to all area home schooling families. During the year our meeting include home school curriculum and schooling Q/A sessions that are beneficial to families. As well, IOE shares planned events and assists families with scheduling new and fun outings and trips. Of course, Park Days are a fun must so please come join us.
Cost: None
Call for a meeting near you: 864-295-5779

Orangeburg Christian Home Educators Association

P.O. Box 450 Orangeburg, SC 29116-0450
Contact: Marilyn Singletary
Email:Singfamilytree@bellsouth.net
Phone: 803-534-1500
Description: WE are a support group not a 3rd option group. We meet in August and January to plan our year. We have field trips, Mom's Night Out, play groups, P.E. Days, standardized testing (optional), and a graduation ceremony. We currently have 35 families involved in the group. Children's ages range from 2 to 18. We meet in Orangeburg but field trips are all over the area. Requirements: No requirements. Benefits: We have a quarterly newsletter. Cost: $15 yearly

Palmetto Home School Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 486, Lancaster SC 29721
Phone: (803) 285-3916
Website: http://www.palmettoha.org

Palmetto Independent Educators (PIE)

P.O. Box 2475, Aiken SC 29802
Contact: Denise Merchant
Phone: (803) 643-0807
Email: mpielady@msn.com
Website: http://www.homeschoolingwithpie.org
PIE provides the security of a proper legal covering while giving the freedom to choose and implement an educational program that best fits your children's needs.

Pee Dee Christian Home Educators Association

P.O. Box 3861, Florence, SC 29502 Contact: Susan Peeler Email: pdchea@juno.com
Website: http://www.pdchea.org
A homeschool support group serving the Pee Dee region of SC for over 20 years.

Pickens Christian Homeschool Educators

Based in Pickens County Contact: Deborah Shanley Phone: (864) 868-5543 Field trips, co-op, play, 4-H, youth group, prom, valentine banquet, etc.

Piedmont Home Educators Association

115 Buist Avenue, Greenville, SC 29609
Contact: Martha Freitag
Phone: (864) 268-6880
Email: phea@att.net
Website: http://www.phea.org


Providing At-home Teachers of Hampton Support (PATHS)

822 Melvins Circle, Hampton, SC, 29924
Contact: Cathy Dandridge
Phone: (803) 943-3218
Email: paths-sc-owner@yahoogroups.com
Website: http://www.islc.net/~pepsiprincess/
A local network of parents and children serving Hampton County and the surrounding areas.

Pure Creations Arts For Homeschoolers

104 Live Oak Court, Taylors, SC 29687
Contact: James Moran
Phone: (864) 238-7459
Email: purecreations@characterlink.net
Website: http://users.characterlink.net/purecreations/
A co-op program for home educators that teaches art, music, drama, arts history, voice, beginning piano, Spanish, Hebrew, Sign Language, Radio-TV Writing, and more.

Resources, Encouragement and Activities for Columbia areaHomeschoolers (REACH)

P.O. Box 204, Irmo, SC 29063
Contact: Jill Revis
Email: reach@reachgroup.org
Website: http://www.reachgroup.org
REACH is an inclusive group with over 100 member families.

School's Out Support

Contact: Melinda Nolan or Kelly Lovejoy
Email: melindanolan@yahoo.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/schoolsoutsupport/
Phone: 803 782-3036 or 803-776-4849
Description: School's Out Support (SOS) is a volunteer-driven, South Carolina statewide organization whose mission is to support and promoteunschooling, provide information, monitor and influence legislation, offer opportunities for families to get together, and empower families to make the choices that respect the rights, needs and aspirations of their children. SOS welcomes anyone with an interest in unschooling. Since its inception in April 2001, SOS has supported families that have made the decision to unschool as they face difficult questions and challenges. These families may wonder about socialization, the legal issues surroundingunschooling, accountability associations, or integration of John Holt's educational philosophy into their everyday lives. Some families may doubt their abilities, feel confused and ask themselves, "Can I really do this?" SOS encourages parents to trust themselves and their children to make good decisions and empowers them to find the support and information they need.
Requirements: A sincere desire to live an unschooling life is all that is required of our membership.
Benefits: A forum for unschoolers to connect, support, share and plan is the heart of our online organization.
Cost: None

Shaw Military Home Educators (SMILE)

5730 Lost Creek Drive, Sumter, SC. 29154
Phone: (803) 494-5903


South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS)

930 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033
Contact: Kathleen Carper
Phone: (803) 454-0427
Fax: (803) 454-0428
Email: scaihs@scaihs.org
Website: http://www.scaihs.org
Description: SCAIHS, incorporated in 1990, is the only home school association in the nation specifically named in state statue as an alternate means of approval for home-schooling parents. It is a nonprofit, voluntary association of independent home schools. Services include--an experienced staff available from 9:30 to 5:00 Monday-Friday to provide curriculum and educational counseling, support and encouragement; permanent records and official transcripts for each student; Elementary Education Program, Middle and High School Program, and Special Needs Program; graduation ceremony and diploma; flexibility in grade placement and creativity in curriculum choices; and flexibility in determining the school calendar and daily scheduling.
Requirements: Members must--possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED; teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies, and, in grades 7-12, literature and composition; document at least 180 days of instruction on periodic reports; and participate in annual testing for students in grades 3-12. Members submit an annual application.
Benefits: Besides the support services listed above, SCAIHS provides its members with informative newsletters, timely email updates, a curriculum resource room, and a home-school bookstore.
Cost: $298 and up per year

Spartanburg Homeschoolers

Based in Spartanburg, SC 29301
Contact: Renee Hill
Phone: (864) 486-0234
Email: sptbghomeschoolers@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.sptbghomeschoolers.org
An activities group for homeschoolers in the Upstate area open to families of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer park days, field trips and an e-mail loop for members.

Sumter Area Family Educators (SAFE)

2409 Toxoway Dr, Sumter, SC 29154
Contact: Sandee Green
Phone: (803) 495-2579
Email: billynsandee@ftc-i.net
Website: http://www.safehomeschool.org


The Homeschool Inclusive Network of Northern Greenville (THING)

14 Tamarack Trail, Greenville SC 29609
Contact: Jill Todd Phone: (864) 244-0858
Email: creeksidemom@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.rebeccasroost.com/thing/
An inclusive network of support for homeschooling families in Northern Greenville County and the surrounding area, providing monthly meetings, regular field trips and enrichment opportunities for students. Description: THING is as inclusive support group for homeschoolers living in or around Greenville. We are inclusive in that we include all homeschoolersregardless of their political or religious views, or methods of homeschooling.
Requirements: No requirements
Benefits: We meet monthly for Mom's Night Out, have online discussions, and have numerous field trips each year.
Cost: None

Teaching Opportunities for Upstate Christian Homeschoolers (Family TOUCH)

3687 Pennington Road Greer, SC 29651-5049
Contract: Tracy Elphick
Email:btelphickfamily@charter.net
Website: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/Family_TOUCH/
Phone: 864-918-9834 (cell only - email preferred) 864-244-9180
Description: Serving over 200 families in the greater Greenville area of Upstate SC. Providing field trips, park days, social and enrichment opportunities, monthly Mom's Support meetings, conferences, special parent meetings, an extensive monthly calendar of opportunities, and two email loop options -- a main eloopfor back and forth communication among members, and an announcement-only list for posts of informational content generated strictly by the e-loop moderators. We are structured with four sub-groups to provide multiple opportunities in the four quadrants of G'ville county (& beyond). Requirements: We ask that everyone choose an area to serve in some capacity (there is something everyone can do!). We also ask that you read, agree with, and will support our Statement of Faith. Benefits: Family TOUCH provides you with the opportunity to make connections for yourself and your children;, to gain the support, prayer and encouragement that you need to help you in your homeschooling journey; and to provide you with the academic and enrichment opportunities to supplement your homeschool course curriculum. The calendar will detailhomeschooling and community opportunities that will be a benefit to you to enhance your academic plan. Cost: None

Together In Education and Support (TIES)

1801 Old Beech Hill Rd Ridgeville Sc 29472
Contact: Stephanie
Email: campbellsathome@netzero.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Togetinedandsupport/
Phone: 843-875-9558 after 2pm please
Description: T.I.E.S. is a free homeschool support group located in theDorchester,Colleton,Charleston and Berkley county areas of SouthCarolina.We operate in a co-op format, so that every member may contribute.
Requirements: You may become a member in TIES by: 1) Agreeing and adhering with the Field Trip/Activity Guidelines . 2) Actively be home educating or seriously considering home education within Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston or Berkley County. 3) Demonstrate an active, supportive interest in home-schooling and this support group. TIES homeschooling support group being a private organization, reserves the right to refuse or terminate membership.
Benefits: We offer field trips, educational classes, and much needed
Cost: No

Upstate Christian Home Schoolers

Contact: Alicia Ebert
Email: aaebert@hotmail.com
Website: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/UCH/
Description: UCH is a Homeschool Support Group designed for Christian families who live in the Spartanburg County area, Polk County area, and Tryon area of the Carolinas. We support each other through prayer, curricula support, park days, shared educational classes, Parent's Night Out, and more. This loop is designed for families looking for support through communication with other local homeschooling families. It is expected and further required that members behave in a manner reflecting the love of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It is our prayer that you find something here that will uplift and encourage you on your journey into home schooling. Please visit our web site athttp://u-c-h.tripod.com/for information about us. To Join our Announcement-Only List: (On this list, there is no personal interaction or member communication. You will be sent posts or information regarding opportunities, activities and events, and the monthly calendar.) Announcement-Only List Subscribe:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UCH-Announcements/
Requirements: Members must live in the area specified, and be Chrisitian.
Benefits: Planned field trips, science/dissection classes, Mom's Night Out each month, park/play days, we also pray for each others' prayer requests
Cost: None

Upstate Homeschoolers Unlimited

Contact: Marie Dowis
Email: jmdowis@wctel.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UpstateHomeschoolersUnlimited/
Phone: 864-634-7933
Description: UHU is a secular, inclusive support group. Our membership is very diverse and tolerant of a wide variety of lifestyles, religions, and backgrounds. It's very important that all our members agree to respect the choices and lifestyles of others. Including choices involving homeschoolingstyle, religion, politics, and sexual orientation. UHU includes many types ofhomeschoolers, but most are unschoolers or relaxed homeschoolers. We welcome people of all colors, creeds, and political affiliations. You will find Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Taoists, Wiccans, Pagans, Jews, and Christians among our membership. We meet each Wednesday at noon.
Requirements: Our only requirements are tolerance and support.
Benefits: We meet for educational activities, socialization, and support.
Cost: none

Woodruff Tri-County Co-op

204 S. Main Street, Woodruff, SC 29388
Contact: Myra Steadman
Phone: (864) 476-5555
Email: mlsteadman@aol.com
WTCC is a Christian-based home school co-op offering enrichment classes for Pre-K thru High School. All classes are taught from a Christian / Creationist point of view. A Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct must be signed before membership is granted.
Description: A Christian Group providing wonderful Enrichment and Supplemental Core Learning Opportunities for families with PreK - 12 graders, and support and encouragement for the teacher/moms. Classes meet weekly (Currently Thursdays 10-2 pm.) Each teacher mom is expected to assist in some way with the co-op. Opportunities include website, community relations, publicity, fundraising, teaching, desktop publishing, yearbook, field trip co-ordinator, Special Family Events Co-ordinator, facility setup and clean up, devotions, and Leadership Team: President, Vice, Treasurer, Senior High Coordinator, Jr High Coordinator, Elem Coordinator, and Pre-School Coordinator. Registration will be in August with Classes September-May. All are welcome!
Requirements: Members must sign an agreement with Biblical Based Statement of Faith, Code of Conduct, and Manner of Resolving Differences. (Matt 18)Members pay an annual fee in August. Some classes may have additional fees (ie for Native Spanish Teacher, Art Supplies, or TextBook) All members are asked to participate in an area of their giftedness according to the needs of the co-op.
Benefits: Enrichment Classes, Co-ordinated Core Supplemental Classes, Field Trips, Yearbook, Decisively Christian Environment, Parental Involvement, E-mail Loop, Website, Web Calendar, Field Trips, Resource Center, Enrichment Opportunities for Parents, Mom Night Out, Discounts, Mission Opportunities, etc.
Cost: $65 yearly







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