Your child must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws starting with the academic year when he or she is 5 years old before September 1. Thereafter, your child must continue attending school until he or she graduates from high school or turns 17.
If your child is 5 but will not turn 6 until after September 1, you may choose to not send your child to school until the following year if you sign a form provided by your school district.
HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under South Carolina law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.).
These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver's license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the military, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.