Information and Fees
Our 2014-2015 membership year runs from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.

Apply online for 2014-2015

Fees: $75 for first student, $25 each additional student.

Membership includes:

Option 3 coverage (for SC members)
Field trips, camps, and events
Members-only events
Priority registration for events that have limited enrollment
Discounts for some trips and events
Online book groups, classes, projects, and private community for students (and parents)
Ongoing support for your homeschool, and regular member newsletters to keep you informed about new events and resources
All the extras (field trips, online activities, classes, events, etc.) are optional. You decide what you want to become involved in.

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There is a $5 fee to replace lost membership letters and cards.

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What our members have to say...
We've enjoyed providing expanded membership services to families and receive many emails asking if Carolina Homeschooler membership is "worth it." Each family has different needs and we believe you're the only one who can judge if our services are worth the fees we charge. Hopefully this information will help you decide whether we're the right choice for your family.

Here's what we provide:

Option 3 coverage for your homeschool (for SC members).
Many classes, field trips, camps, and events.
Members-only events.
All the chocolate you can eat. (Just kidding, regretfully.)
Members receive priority registration for certain classes, field trips, camps, and events.
Members receive discounts for some trips and events.
Online book groups, classes, and community for children and parents (participating students have the opportunity to win Amazon gift cards).
Ongoing support for your homeschool, and regular member newsletters to keep you informed about new events and resources.
We're a hands-on association, but all the extras (online activities, offline field trips, events, etc.) are optional. You decide what you want to become involved in.
I send birthday cards to registered students because I like to send - and receive - mail. I also put the cute drawings and photos they send me on my bulletin board so I can look at them while I work each day.
Our plans for 2014-2015 include more of what we've been doing this year (more field trips around the state, more classes and workshops like Spanish, writing, and world history, and more overnight camps and trips). We're keeping the book groups, and hope to add more internet-based projects, too!

Here's what others have to say when I asked them whether or not they thought membership with Carolina Homeschooler was worth the extra cost:

No one is ever paid or receives a commission for their review of Carolina Homeschooler or resulting memberships.)

I just switched over to Carolina Homeschooler for the next year. So, though I wasn't in this group for this year, I can tell you why I switched. I switched because I feel this group has better support. I've been on the forums and following the page for a while now and find that I get answers to my questions very quickly. My other accountability group was fine overall, and it was cheaper. However, I felt it was more me and a computer than me and a person. I'm also looking forward to using the book clubs too! Also, as my kids get older, high school starts to be on my mind. I want to feel like I'm working with a person, rather than a just a website, if I need extra support then. I'm not sure how many of the trips we'll use, so we're not doing it for the discount on those. That will just be a nice little bonus if we do those. -Emily

It's not worth it because we can't afford the field trips. You are very professional and we haven't taken advantage of the online opportunities. We live in Westminster SC so we're a bit far from most of the field trips but that's just the way cookie crumbles. No issues with the association. -Annie

Definitely worth the cost. Even if you don't go on a lot of field trips, the ideas of the trips are helpful and offer ideas. Great support. Love the book groups and the community. -Lindsay

I'm a NC homeschooler. Definitely worth it for me! Activities that I don't have to spearhead. Book groups, writing classes, and field trips are all wonderful additions to our schedule. -Carole

I didn't join last year as I was already a member elsewhere, and I missed out on a lot of inexpensive, members-only opportunities. We are joining, without a doubt this year! -Lori

I think it is very well worth it. We just registered for our 2nd year. That should say it all. -Daniela

I'm a CPA by trade and had to crunch the numbers before we bit the bullet and switched from our basic hands-off association last year, but am so glad I did! Here's what I posted in my little circle of close friends recently: "Some of you have asked about the relatively new 3rd option with Carolina Homeschooler, so I wanted to pass this opportunity along in case you're interested for next school year [with the Civil War field trip attached]. She does have a discount if you join this month...and there are travel discounts, book clubs, and a new elementary Spanish class (starting Mon) for members - with the opportunity to earn Amazon gift cards - so the extra cost can be recouped over time. You can still join even if you're outside SC and don't need the legal association. We have very much enjoyed our trips to Disney, Alaska, sleeping in the shark tunnel at Ripley's Aquarium-Myrtle Beach, Challenger Learning Center, and NYC (in May) with Dianna and the friends we've met through CH along the way! In fact, many of them are in this small group! -Jennifer

I joined last year for our first year homeschooling 5k and joined for next year as soon as it was announced. Being new to homeschooling, and feeling a bit lost, I needed good support to get on the right track. It's so much more than worth it for the personal sweetness CHS gives. We don't live nearby but try to get involved with field trips when we can and look forward to them! I'm so thankful for CHS I can't say it enough! -Toni

I just paid for the upcoming year and although my membership is not "active" yet, you have already been an incredible resource to us. You respond immediately and in kind. The past two accountability groups have been nightmares. I literally yelped out loud when you posted the early bird discount. My daughter is currently 4th grade if that helps the younger age set shopping. Thank you for all you do. -Amber

You make me want to move to South Carolina. I need a clone of you in Georgia please. You do awesome things Dianna, truly make a difference in the world. We can't wait for our next trip with Carolina Homeschoolers. - Theresa

Let me ring in with my opinion! This is my first year homeschooling. When I was going through the difficult task of deciding whether or not it was something I could do, Carolina Homeschooler was there to answer questions (before it even opened as a 3rd option). She was fast and her website offered so much information. Every time I had a question, I was able to go over to the site and find an answer. She is so very knowledgeable of everything homeschool. I just fell in trust with her and the information provided by the association and its members. I had already picked out an association when CH opened as 3rd option. It was as difficult to choose an association as it was to choose curriculum for two students. So I had a dilemma. Do I go with the one I had chosen, or do I go with Carolina Homeschooler. Both offered what I wanted: no required religion, no standardized testing, no mandatory meetings. I just wanted to do what I needed to do under the law and be left alone. There was a $60 difference in cost, Carolina Homeschooler being more expensive. So after I looked back at how much Carolina Homeschooler had been there for me in many ways during my initial questions, it was a no-brainer. What's $60? Yes, there are all sorts of online classes and field trips that I have not been able to delve into yet because I'm still learning how to homeschool, but I can't wait to get more involved (this is coming from an introvert). Everything looks so fun and interesting, and there are so many options to choose from if you want to be involved with other families. I have to say that if you want to do homeschool your way, and be supported while doing it in every way, the cost to have Carolina Homeschooler stand behind you is nothing. I paid $100 to homeschool my children for the 2013-2014 school year. I didn't get to get in on the discount, but I will gladly pay the extra $20 bucks. It's worth every penny to me. I'm not sure if you will ever find another association with a real, live Superwoman at the helm. -Jennifer

Member Events
Beginning Latin
Middle and high school students are invited to join our free beginning Latin class! It's a gentle introduction to Latin and requires no previous knowledge.

Become an Outsider!
Visit South Carolina's state parks with us during 2014-2015 and become an Outsider! If we succeed in visiting all 47 parks, we'll get a special Outsider t-shirt and a lot of great memories. We'll have picnics, hike trails, geocache, and participate in educational or cultural programs. Each visit will be different, but all will focus on building friendships, exploring SC's historic sites and natural resources, and spending quality family time together outside.

Online Book Groups
Our online book groups will continue this summer! Students read a variety of children's literature (historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, non-fiction, and other genres). We choose favorites that have stood the test of time (and make good read-alouds for those who prefer listening to audiobooks). Students answer questions about the books, earning chances to win Amazon gift cards.

Dinosaurs and Electricity!
Join us in November for the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit that blends art and science, and features 14 fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils. We'll also attend Zapped! An Electrifying Experience, a 40-minute educational program that showcases electricity and electromagnetism and the "raging lightning storm" between two brilliant scientists: Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Atalaya Castle Sleepover
Join us at Huntington Beach State Park for a private sleepover in Atalaya Castle! We'll get a special tour of the castle; enjoy campfire cookouts (dinner and breakfast) and s'mores, listen to ghost stories, go on an evening beach exploration, take a morning wildlife walk, and more!

MythBusters: Behind the Myths!
Join us in November for the MythBusters: Behind the Myths show and see Jamie and Adam match wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. We'll watch on-stage experiments and rocking video, and hear behind-the-scenes stories. And, for the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

USS Yorktown Overnight
Spend the night with us on the USS Yorktown, the historic WWII aircraft carrier near Charleston, SC! We'll get a special tour of the USS Yorktown, and have time to explore a destroyer and submarine, a replica of a Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp, and historic Fort Sumter. We'll eat our meals (lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday) in the mess hall, and spend the night in the ship's berths, like the sailors did when the ship was in service.

Georgia Aquarium Sleepover
Spend the night with us at the Georgia Aquarium and join us for an exciting night of ocean exploration! We'll enjoy guided activities, gallery tours, behind-the-scenes tours, viewings of Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow and AT&T Dolphin Tales, and more! During the night, we'll sleep in front of one their exhibits in the Ocean Voyager, Tropical Diver, Cold Water Quest, or River Scout galleries.

Space Tour
Join us on Friday, May 1 at the Challenger Learning Center in Columbia, SC for a visit to space! Students age 3 through 3rd grade will explore Mission Control and the Space Station, enjoy an e-Planetarium show about the moon and the earth, make some silly space stuff, and learn more about the flight simulator.

Space Mission
Join us at the Challenger Learning Center on May 8 for our mission to space! Students in grades 4-12 will participate in a 2-hour simulated space mission, build a bottle rocket, watch a video in the astronaut theater, and do a flight simulation.

Flight School
Registration is open for Flight School at the Challenger Learning Center in Columbia, SC. Students in grades 6-12 will learn about aerodynamics, instruments, engines, basic maneuvers, takeoffs and landings, and more. Classes are taught by a flight instructor who mixes flight and technology instruction with hands-on experience with computer simulations.