Home Schooling with Grace
The purpose of Grace Home School Association is to offer an option, as stated in the SC Code of Laws (59-65-47), to those who desire to educate their children unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions, requirements, and expense.
Grace is a legal, alternate source of approval for home schooling parents.
Established in 1990 as an organization to coordinate and establish academic standards and to provide support services for home schools and private schools.
(Private school status should be attained if you plan to teach children other than your own. Grace accredits many private and alternative private school programs across the state.)
We believe it is a constitutional right and a command by God to be responsible for the education of your children. (Deut. 6:6,7; 2 Tim. 3:15)
We want your children's education to be a positive experience for both parent and child. Our goal is for you and your children to be successful. We are here for support, encouragement, accountability, and advice.
Benefits of Membership:
- Legal establishment of your home school.
- Testing not required.
- No daily time requirements, flexibility in determining school calendar.
- Membership pack with Certification of Membership, Permanent Record Form for each student (for your use), and an Attendance Form to return to Grace.
- Legislative information.
- Friendly personal office staff prepared to answer your questions during regular office hours, in person, via phone or email.
- Heartwarming graduation ceremony (diplomas available too).
- GRACE Plus is available for those wanting more accountability and recordkeeping service. Annual cost for this service is: Grades K-8 $40 Grades 9-12 $60
- Transcript service available for high school students and one-time transcripts available for students returning to conventional schools.
- Letters to DMV, tech schools, colleges as required.
- Verifications of homeschooling to DSS, DJJ, IRS, SSA, military, and others as requested.
- Bookstore to buy and sell curricula.
- We are here for YOU!
All memberships expire on May 31.
Grace is governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board.
To become and remain a GRACE member, you must do the following:
- Complete the form in the application package or renewal.
- Be the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) being taught.
- Must have high school diploma or GED.
- Have a 180 day school year.
- Plan and purchase an appropriate course of study for each student in the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature;
- Remit annual membership dues $75.00 per year per family, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, $35.00 if kindergarten only.
- Maintain educational records (as prescribed by law) including:
- A plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities engaged in,
- A portfolio of samples of the student's academic work;
- A semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas.
- Documentation of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified above.
- Submit attendance record and high school records annually.
- All memberships expire on May 31.
Senior Policy: A late fee of $25 is required for all seniors joining GRACE after September 30. Seniors will not be accepted after January 31 of their graduation year.