Legal Requirements


Laws for other states can be found here.

Faithful Scholars removes the daunting with our lawyer’s understanding of the full breadth of each aspect of the section portions below. Faithful Scholars supports your navigation within the full breadth of SC home school law rather than a single association board-specified range. We have a lawyer on retainer who has been with us for over 20 years, so there is no guesswork in our suggestions.

These laws, in simple language equate to the methods that homeschool parents naturally utilize because it is the right thing for teaching a child, so if you are coming from another state, you may have to formalize your methods, but I bet they are already in action on some level.

Section 59-65-47 in place of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or 59-65-45.

  • Parents or legal 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 standard of the association exempt the home school from the further requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 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 the minimum, include:
  • a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general education development (GED) certificate;
  • the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty (180) days;
  • the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, sciences, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and
  • educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:
    • a plan book, diary, or other 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 semi-annual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas as previously specified.
  • By January 30th 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.



  • Faithful Scholars offers accountability assistance, guidance, documentation, and support to homeschooling families through being a corporate entity maintaining a professional relationship with you, your school district, and, when applicable, your State Board of Education and other third parties
  • Our focus is in SC, but we currently serve families in SC, NCGACTTXAL, and FL as our families move out of state but wish to continue receiving support, guidance, and documentation from FS we continue to offer support
    • Faithful Scholars MEETS your legal requirements for homeschooling in SC
    • FL -we have a certified FL teacher on staff for assessments
    • If you are a non-SC resident be sure that you meet your state’s legal standards
      • Non-SC laws found here
  • Faithful Scholars’ purpose is to allow our families the least restrictive home school environment while maintaining privacy and ensuring members’ understanding of legal compliance and how to meet it using the approach of their choice
  • We are dedicated to offering real-time communication and real-life advice
  • Faithful Scholars does not supply families with books, curriculum, or a curriculum plan, but we do have free books/curriculum to be browsed and picked up any Wednesday between 9 am and 12 pm at our home office in Fort Mill, SC (We do not ship)
  • Submit grades for  grade 12 by/before May 31st (extensions possible ask)
  • Submit grades for grades 9-11 by/before June 10th (extensions possible ask)
  • No records/reports are required for Pre-K or K
    • Free membership for Pre-K students!
  • For SC residents, grades 1-8 create, maintain, and keep daily, mid, and end-of-year records, and portfolios at home in personal files
    • members have access to our video seminar Record Keeping as well as many more
  • Your end-of-year Compliance Form is now included in your application and renewal
  • None of the information or opinions on our website, e-mails, or phone conversations should be taken as legal advice (although we do have a lawyer on retainer)
  • It is within the rights of Faithful Scholars to terminate any membership at any time with no reason given
  • updated 11-01-23

Faithful Scholars is a trusted, experienced, and legal option to homeschool in SC as recognized by the SC State Board of Education with a passion to meet you where you are and grow you forward through your home school moments.