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Application Form

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
 

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PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION
Step One: Enter the parent's full name, relationship with students, and upload essential documentation. Existing members may enter their membership number as well.
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  • SC state law requires the primary instructor to be a parent or guardian with, at minimum, a GED certificate. The office of PIE requires; a copy of the parent-teachers diploma or GED certificate for parents and guardians; and, a copy of court-ordered guardianship documentation for guardians to be on file.

    Note: If you already have a copy on file, you do not need to send another.

    GED certificate, high school diploma, associate degree, four-year degree or higher, a letter from school admin, etc. are acceptable. Guardianship papers must be court-ordered. A copy of these documents may be uploaded using the uploading tool located to the right of this text. Alternatively, the required documents may be faxed, emailed, or sent through the U.S. Postal Services using PIE’s contact information listed on the Contact page. Please feel free to contact the office with questions or concerns.

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HOME-SCHOOL INFORMATION
Step Two: Enter the home school name, mailing address, physical address (if different), select a school district, and provide contact information.
  • Your home school name appears on your student's diploma. Careful consideration when considering a name for your school is advisable. Here are a few examples: Merchant Academy, Kenwood Heights Homeschool, Meadow Lake School of Learning.

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STUDENT INFORMATION
Step Three: Enter full name, date of birth, and grade level for as many as twelve children/students.
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PARENT/ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT
Step Four: Agree to the terms by selecting the confirmation box below.
  • Palmetto Independent Educators believes that each home school family needs to have a full understanding of the home school laws and their requirements. The following section enumerates each part of the law provided in section 59-65-47 and what PIE requires in order to be in compliance with them.

    Parents or guardians maintaining a 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 of the “First Option” (provided in section 59-65-40), or the “Second Option” (provided in section 59-65-45).

    Verification of legal guardianship requires a copy of Court ordered documentation to be kept on file with the office of PIE.

    Law A: A parent must hold at least a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED). PIE requires a copy of the parent-teacher's diploma or GED certificate to be kept on file in the office.

    Law B: The instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days. PIE requires a School Year Review Form for each student be submitted by June 30th of the current school year.

    Law C: The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature. The parent-teacher shall maintain educational records.

    PIE understands that because each student has different needs and different learning styles, the parent-teacher is the best person to determine in what manner to present the required subjects. Even though we do not review any specific lesson plans or diaries in order to check for compliance to the law, it is understood that it is the responsibility of each parent-teacher to cover all of the required subjects with each student.

    The office of PIE does not approve or disapprove a member’s curriculum. However, the office of PIE does recommend comparing the content of the user’s core curriculum against South Carolina’s curriculum standards to ensure the content of the curriculum of the user’s choice is competitive with the states standards.

    Law D: Educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:

    (1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage
    (2) a portfolio of samples of the student's academic work
    (3) 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.

    PIE suggests that a daily lesson planner, diary or journal be kept on each child that includes a list or description of lessons/activities for each subject taught. A separate folder (portfolio) should be kept that includes a list or description of student's best work in each subject throughout the year. Also this folder should contain any tests, quizzes, report papers or other documents that indicates a student's mastery of the required material.

    AS THE PARENT, I UNDERSTAND THAT ALL INFORMATION GIVEN TO PALMETTO INDEPENDENT EDUCATORS IS CONFIDENTIAL AND CANNOT BE RELEASED WITHOUT MY WRITTEN CONSENT. I DO AGREE, HOWEVER, IF INQUIRY IS MADE CONCERNING MY MEMBERSHIP IN PIE, MY GOOD STANDING IN THE ORGANIZATION MAY BE ACKNOWLEDGED.

    I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT AS A MEMBER OF THE PALMETTO INDEPENDENT EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION, I AM RESPONSIBLE AND AGREE TO MAINTAIN IN MY HOME THE APPROPRIATE RECORDS, AS STATED IN THE LAW ABOVE.

    SHOULD I, THE PARENT, DECIDE TO RETURN MY STUDENT TO A PUBLIC/PRIVATE SCHOOL SETTING, I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION WITH A COPY OF MY STUDENT'S HOME-SCHOOL RECORDS.

    Revised: 07/01/2007

    ATTENTION: TEMPORARY PAYMENT PROCEDURE

    The office of PIE is in the process of establishing our permanent online payment services. At this time, we can only accept checks and money orders through the U.S. Postal Services. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. However, for us to activate the online forms now, we need to set up a temporary payment procedure that supports our online application forms. This temporary solution enables the office of PIE to connect the online application process with payments we receive through the U.S. Postal Services. Please enter your checks or money orders number and amounts here.

    Again, we thank you for your patience.

    Sincerely,

    Denise Merchant
    Director

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