South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools
Overview of the Preschool/Kindergarten Program
The SCAIHS Preschool/Kindergarten Program is an arm of the Elementary Program fashioned for families with children ages 5 and under. Families enrolled in this limited-service program receive the SCAIHS Advantage newsletter as well as have access to our teacher training seminars and the Resource Room.
When do I have to register my
child as a kindergartener?
You must register your child the school year he/she is five years of age before September 1.
If my kindergartner is ready for 1st grade level work, must he/she be registered as a "K5" student?
SCAIHS gives you an enrollment option:
Option 1: You may enroll your child as a 1st grader, pay full membership fees, and complete full reporting requirements.
Curriculum counseling, record keeping, and transcripts are some of the key benefits that accompany this option.
Option 2: You may enroll your child as a “K5” student but teach him/her on the 1st grade level. By doing this, you eliminate paying the full membership fees and meeting the reporting requirements.
We recommend, if you choose this option, that you keep records of your lessons and samples of your student’s 1st grade work. Then, the following year, your options with SCAIHS continue as you may enroll your child as either a 1st or 2nd grader.
How to apply:
When applying to the SCAIHS
Preschool/Kindergarten Program, the following forms need to
be completed and submitted:
Preschool & 5-Year-Old Kindergarten Membership Application (one per family)
Kindergarten (Age 5) Student Enrollment Form (one per 5-year-old student)
Please note that Student Enrollment Forms are not required for preschool students.