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A Getting Started Roadmap for Homeschooling

For orientation purposes, a Getting Started Roadmap for Homeschooling aids with defining goals for achieving desired outcomes right out of the gate. This startup roadmap includes information and resources for starting and managing your homeschool program. A series of roadmap initiatives are in the works to become available through PIE’s website soon.

Orientation Course Concepts

Navigating PIE’s Registration Process

Homeschooling provides families with the flexibility to tailor education to the unique needs of their children. While this educational approach offers freedom, it also comes with certain responsibilities, including the requirement for accountability associations. One such association, PIE (Third Option Homeschool Accountability Association), offers three distinct methods for homeschoolers to register and maintain compliance. In this article, we will delve into the details of each registration option provided by PIE, shedding light on the process and helping homeschooling families make informed decisions.


For individuals who favor conventional approaches such as snail mail, PIE provides the alternative of PDF Printable Forms for homeschool registration. Nevertheless, this method comes with its set of difficulties. Those choosing this route must make a request for the required forms to be mailed to them, a procedure that can consume a significant amount of time. Additionally, there's a possibility of forms getting misplaced during transit, potentially causing delays in the registration process. While this approach may be attractive to those who appreciate tangible paperwork, it may not be the most efficient option in our digital era. It's important to note that some individuals may lack the capability to download or print, and for them, the U.S. postal service remains the sole viable choice.

Key Points:

  • Must request forms be sent by mail
  • For individuals who can’t download or print
  • Can be faxed or mailed to the office
  • Consumes a significant amount of time
  • Can include payment (i.e., check, M.O.) or use the online payment option
  • Send check by mail separately
  • Can be misplaced during transit


PIE recognizes the need for a more accessible and versatile option, leading to the introduction of PDF Power Forms. This method allows homeschooling families to download the required forms directly from the association's website. The forms can then be printed and submitted via traditional mail or, alternatively, completed digitally and sent via email. This option strikes a balance between the convenience of digital processing and the flexibility of traditional paper forms, providing homeschoolers with more choices to suit their preferences.

Key Points:

  • Can be downloaded for those who appreciate tangible paperwork
  • Can be faxed, mailed, or emailed to the office
  • Can include payment (i.e., check, M.O.) or use the online payment option
  • Send check by mail separately
  • Can be misplaced during transit


In an era dominated by online processes, PIE acknowledges the importance of digital efficiency. The ASP Website Forms allow homeschooling families to complete all necessary paperwork directly on the association's website. This streamlined process enables parents to submit forms online and receive their copies and confirmations via email promptly. However, it's important to note that, at this time, data is not stored on the server, meaning that the forms cannot be saved for future use. Each time the form is accessed, it must be filled out anew. On the positive side, parents' names and email addresses are stored on the server, facilitating a quicker login process that automatically populates the form with a portion of the required information (i.e., parent name, email).

The online forms and the online payment option operate independently and are not interconnected. For example, if you complete the application form twice, you will not be charged twice. Once the application form is completed, you are redirected to the payment page. You should ignore the second prompt.

Likewise, the application form has a section reserved for uploading the parent's credentials. Ignore this prompt if you have already met this requirement.

Key Points:

  • Streamlined process for quick results is convenient
  • Records receipts are delivered to your email
  • Needs to be completed each school year cycle (data not stored)
  • Only need to upload parent credentials once


Registration fees are important:

  1. Administrative Costs: Registration fees cover administrative expenses, including processing paperwork, maintaining databases, and managing registrations.
  2. Access to Exclusive Content: registration fees grant participants access to exclusive content, training materials, or networking opportunities, adding value to the overall experience.
  3. Technology and Infrastructure: Fees may be used to invest in technology infrastructure, such as online platforms used to manage content (i.e., PIE’s website), to ensure smooth operations and connectivity.
  4. Training Resources: training material for administrative, content management, technology, and infrastructure maintenance purposes, which involves addressing a variety of important topics, e.g., record-keeping, curriculum, testing, scholarships, etc.

Members have the option of sending a check by mail, along with their registration forms.  Or, in addition to power forms and website forms, we have arranged a secure payment gateway so that you can complete transactions at palmettoindependenteducators.com with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to accept credit cards and electronic check payments safely and securely for our members.

Again, it's important to note that your data is not stored on the server, meaning that your method of payment cannot be saved for future use. Each time the payment process is accessed, it must be filled out anew. Authorize.Net Payment Gateway manages the complex routing of sensitive customer information through electronic check and credit card processing networks.

Key Points: 

  • PIE's payment gateway is managed by Authorized.net
  • PIE's payment gateway is separate from forms
  • Invoices can be processed using email services
  • Financial data is not collected by PIE for website or invoice usage
  • Payments can be processed over phone (requires sharing data)

Conclusion: PIE's commitment to offering multiple registration options demonstrates an understanding of the diverse needs and preferences of homeschooling families. Whether one values the tangible nature of printed paperwork, the flexibility of digital completion, or the speed of online forms, PIE ensures that each family can find a registration method that suits them best.

As homeschooling continues to evolve, Palmetto Independent Educators will play a crucial role in supporting families on their educational journey, providing a range of options to make the registration process as smooth as possible while achieving our purpose, support, and services.

  • Our Purpose: Our mission at PIE is to provide a legal means to homeschool your children at a minimal cost to you - the parent.
  • Our Support: PIE has established a robust support system to empower you with the latest information through effective content management and relevant training resources. Our goal is to enable you to take each step with confidence, fostering a successful educational journey for your family.
  • Our Services: PIE provides an accountability program, transcript and diploma services, as well as a dedicated website, all designed to enhance your chances of success in the homeschooling adventure. We are committed to equipping you with the necessary tools and services to navigate this educational path effectively.

The Purpose of PIE’s Orientation

The significance of PIE's orientation lies in its systematic approach to effectively communicate responsibilities and expectations to both new and existing members, facilitating their success. This orientation process plays a crucial role in minimizing the potential for misunderstandings while ensuring that vital information is upfront and accessible to individuals contemplating joining Palmetto Independent Educators (PIE).

Furthermore, PIE's orientation offers several additional advantages:

  • Cost Savings: By expediting the adaptation of new parents to their roles as parent-teachers, we enable them to navigate their responsibilities more efficiently, ultimately reducing unnecessary expenses.
  • Boosts Confidence: Newly enrolled members can rapidly build confidence by adopting a mindset that recognizes opportunities and the associated expectations, enhancing their ability to contribute effectively.
  • Enhances Performance: Promoting the use of practical management techniques helps prevent missed opportunities and aligns with our core objectives of cost reduction and confidence-building.
  • Respects Your Time: Time is a precious resource in your educational journey, and how you allocate it matters significantly. We are committed to valuing your time by providing a thoughtfully curated collection of resources.

In summary, PIE's orientation is a cornerstone of our organizational and planning processes, fostering clear communication, cost-efficiency, confidence-building, and effective performance, all while respecting the precious time of our members.

Orientation Course Concepts
Orientation Course Concepts
1. A New Journey: Getting Started
2. Educational Approaches: Choices
3. Develop a Plan: Time to Reflect
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