South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools
Overview of the Elementary Program
The SCAIHS Elementary Department serves students in grades K6 through 6th grade throughout the state of South Carolina and beyond! Beginning with the application all the way through the completed transcripts, we are here to assist you in developing an individualized educational program for your child. With years of experience in the education field, our staff is here to help you in determining your child’s learning style, developing a schedule, organizing lesson plans, talking through your academic priorities, discussing teaching strategies, matching curricula to your goals, etc.
What services do you offer that
will facilitate educating my elementary-aged child?
One of the key elements that draws people toward enrolling with the SCAIHS Elementary Program is the personal contact with experienced elementary staff throughout the year. Curriculum counseling, transcripts, overseeing reports, teaching tips, etc., are all part of the services that we offer to meet the individual needs of your child.
How do I know which materials would be the best for my child?
So many are available today, that making choices can be overwhelming! That is why our trained counselors are available daily to answer members’ questions via phone, email, or in person. We have a Resource Room equipped with over 3,000 textbooks, teacher reference books, audio and video tapes, etc. We try to match these options in a way that best suits parents and their children.
What reporting is required during the course of the school year?
Two Progress Reports that chart attendance as well as academic progress in each of the four required subject areas (i.e. language arts, math, science, and social studies) are required. The Year-end Report Card is submitted with the second Progress Report along with standardized testing results for students registered in grades 3-6.
Are your transcripts found to be acceptable if/when my child transfers back to a traditional classroom setting?
At present, we have received all positive feedback from the elementary transcripts that we have issued! The concise, straightforward format of our transcript summarizes the thrust of a child’s home-schooling activities in a way that is readily acceptable to other institutions.
Placement Guidelines for Elementary Students
The SCAIHS Elementary Department welcomes
students who are classified as 6-year-old kindergarteners
through 6th grade. A Student Enrollment Form and Proposed
Course of Study must be submitted with the application for
each student enrolled in these grades. The Proposed Course
of Study charts the general course of the school year,
allowing flexibility in academic rigor while outlining
educational goals for the year.
Please note: those students performing two or more grades below grade level will need to enroll with our Special Needs Program.
Reporting Requirements for Elementary Students:
The SCAIHS Elementary Department assists
you in maintaining concise but thorough records to document
your child’s attendance and academic progress. The following
reporting forms are required and included in the acceptance
SEMI-ANNUAL Academic Progress & Attendance Report
due November 7th and June 7th
Year-End Report Card due June 7th (A copy of a student’s achievement testing results is also due June 7th for those enrolled in grades 3 through 6.)
Elementary students enrolled in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are required to be tested annually. Parents may choose either the Stanford Achievement Test or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Additionally, parents of students in grades 3 and 6 have the option of administering the Brigance Inventory of Basic Skills in place of the Stanford or Iowa.
Elementary Application Forms:
When applying to the SCAIHS Elementary Department, the
following forms need to be completed:
New Member Application (one per family)
Student Enrollment Form (one per student)
Records Release Form (one per student)
Proposed Course of Study (one per student)