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)

PIE's Documentation Process consists of the following:

Required Forms

  • Application Form: This form provides the office of PIE with the parent/guardian's current contact information, mailing address, and student enrollment. An application form is filled out annually and maintained with the member's file.
  • Parent Association Agreement Form: This form indicates the applicant is aware of what is required from them by SC Code of Law for third option home schools. Secondly, this form reinforces Palmetto Independent Educator's continuing compliance with the academic standards and requirements as a third option association. Membership requires first-time applicants, or members reinstating their membership from inactive status, to sign and turn in a copy of the parent association agreement form. The original copy of the signed parent association agreement form is maintained with the member's file.
  • School Year Review Form: This form closes out the current school year and verifies attendance requirements are met. This form also informs the office PIE of your need for the next school year application package. Any additional needs we may be able to assist you with will be listed here as well. The School Year Review form is filled out annually and maintained with the member's file.

Purpose Driven Forms

  • Notification of Student Transfer Form: This form notifies the school your child is legally homeschooling under the auspices of PIE. A copy of the Notification of Student Transfer form is maintained with the member's file, with the original sent to the public school administrators.
  • Transcript Request Form: This form is completed by the home school parent/teacher of a high school student. PIE offers a Transcript and Diploma service; this form serves as information for PIE to format your student’s transcript. Students may earn high school credit as early as 7th grade.
  • Referral Form: This form is completed by new members who have been referred by an existing member. We strive to provide a service that is worth sharing.

Important Note! South Carolina's home school laws require the home school program to be conducted by the parent, or guardian, of the home school student. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, close family friends, and trusted neighbors will not qualify unless they have obtained legal guardianship through the proper channels. However, there is no reason why these individuals cannot be solicited to assist parents or legal guardians with their home school programs when necessary.

Revised 07/26/2019

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Traditional Forms
  • General Access
  • Manual Process
  • Download and Print
  • Signature Required
  • Mail Forms and Payment
  • Online Payment as Option
PDF Power Format
Power Forms
  • Member Access Only
  • Download to Hard Drive
  • Update Annually
  • Online Payment as Signature
  • Email Updated Forms to Office
  • Maintain Copy for your Records
ASP Website Format
ASP Website Forms
  • Member Access Only
  • Update Annually
  • Online Payment as Signature
  • Updates Emailed Automatically
  • Copy Emailed to Member
  • Copy Emailed to Office

Educational Record Keeping Forms

SC Code of Law Section 59-65-47. Law (d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:

  • a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;
  • a portfolio of samples of the student's academic work;
  • and a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.

Education records are perhaps the most intimidating part of an educational program for those considering home schooling. After all, parents of children who attend either public or private school have never been responsible for this portion of the child's education. The office of PIE has put together a variety of administrative tools useful for the record keeping process.

  • Lesson Planners
  • Resource Tracker
  • Course Description
  • Progress Report
  • Report Card
  • Transcript and Resume