Many new families are interested in homeschooling due to the pandemic, but are confused about what homeschooling really is. I hope this helps to clarify.
Homeschoolers are governed by SC’s homeschool law. We pay for everything ourselves and have the freedom to choose our own curriculum, resources, methods of assessment, and schedule. Our children are not considered public school students, can learn at their own pace, don’t have to answer to outside teachers, and aren’t required to take standardized tests.
If you choose to homeschool, you have to register with a homeschool association. Most families choose an association that operates under Option 3 of the SC homeschool law. (Options 1 and 2 are considered more restrictive, requiring curriculum approval, more documentation, and testing. For more details, see this.)
SC Public Virtual Charter Schools
If you want to enroll your children with one of SC’s public virtual charter schools (Connections, SCVCS/K12, Odyssey Online Learning, SC Whitmore School, whatever), they will be public school students. The state will pay for their curriculum, but your students will have to follow public school requirements (curriculum, testing, schedules, etc.).
If you choose to enroll in one of these schools, don’t register as a homeschooling family. (You won’t be homeschooling.)