ABOUT PIE

PALMETTO INDEPENDENT EDUCATORS

 

Every Journey Begins With The First Step

Welcome to Palmetto Independent Educators website! This resource is designed to support two fundamental principles - education should be both affordable and non-intrusive. The primary function of Palmetto Independent Educators (PIE) is to provide a legal means to home school your children at a minimal cost to you - the parent. Launched from these core values, the purpose of our website is two-fold. First most, this resource is here to help members of PIE to succeed in their homeschool journey. Secondly, and equally as important, our goal is to help families considering homeschooling to find the information they need to get started.

Third Option Accountability Service

Let's begin with accountability. PIE provides the security of a proper legal covering while giving parents the freedom to choose and implement an educational program that best fits their child's needs. Accountability requires the office of PIE to coordinate annually with members, as well as, each school district members reside in, and finally, South Carolina's State Department of Education. An overview of the third option laws is available in the following section.

PIE is a Third Option

About the Third Option

SC Code of Law, Section 59-65-47 is established for “Third Option” accountability associations, home schools, and their requirements.

Parents or guardians maintaining a valid membership with a “Third Option” accountability association, which has no fewer than fifty members, may teach their children from the home school setting. Continuing compliance with the academic standards and requirements of a “Third Option” accountability association exempts the home school from the requirements placed upon the “First Option” (provided in section 59-65-40), or the “Second Option” (provided in section 59-65-45).

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PIE's Accountability Program

Each year home schools communicate with various public organizations for a variety of reasons. In many cases, contacting these organizations will require a letter from the accountability association, and in some cases, a letter verifying proof of residency. It will be helpful to know when and why we may need to communicate with these organizations to avoid unexpected obstacles and achieve our goals without delay. Members may contact the office of PIE for a letter verifying membership or proof of residency when necessary. These letters require a signature from the Director of PIE; therefore, we are unable to provide these documents through the Member Center or email. However, members may use their email services to request their letter. PIE's contact information is available at the top of the web page.

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PIE's Documentation Process

In the context of homeschooling, the term "record-keeping" refers to the orderly and disciplined practice of documenting your child's educational progress. As a homeschool parent, record-keeping is one of your most important responsibilities. Likewise, the office of PIE's success depends on creating and maintaining an effective record-keeping system that ensures we meet state requirements at a minimal cost to you, the parent. However, record-keeping is not solely about meeting legal requirements. For example, it's a tool that can be useful for helping us to better understand our members' needs, now and in the future. PIE's documentation process consists of administrative tools that fall under the following categories: required forms, purpose-driven forms, and educational record-keeping forms.

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Online Resource Center

Managing knowledge is a process that involves several layers of involvement. Researching and collecting quality information, organizing and creating knowledge, and reaching a competent level of understanding for how it all comes together. Built on .NET technology, we provide an online resource center that serves as our knowledge management tool and social application. This is where we activate all the bells and whistles. It's where information, knowledge, and understanding come together. This is where members' find and share support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can we choose to homeschool mid-year?
Yes, the office of PIE recommends the following in order to avoid any confusion concerning the compulsory attendance laws: Do not remove your student from the public school until you have completed all the necessary steps for transferring the student to the home school setting. Make contact with the option of your choice to find out the necessary steps if you are not sure. You will ultimately combine public school days with home school days to achieve 180 days.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php
 
 
 
Can my child participate in the public schools interscholastic activities?
Section 59-63-100 describes participation in interscholastic activities of public school district by home school, charter school, and Governor's school students includes, but is not limited to, athletics, music, speech, and other extracurricular activities.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php
 
How many days a year are we required to home school?
Under the 1st option, the instructional day is at least four and one-half hours, excluding lunch and recesses, and the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days.

Under the 2nd and 3rd options, the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php
 
 
 
Can I homeschool my sisters son?
It is possible to home school your sister’s son if you obtain legal guardianship. Writing a statement that you and your sister would sign is not enough. To do this legally you would have to contact a lawyer. However, there’s nothing wrong with you helping your sister home school her son as long as she remains the primary instructor. Please keep in mind, the office of PIE requires a copy of guardianship documentation to be maintained in the members file located here at the office of PIE.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php