October 2017

TSCHAA Newsletter

FAFSA application opens October 1st

If you have a senior attending college next year and are interested in financial aid, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will begin taking applications on October 1st. The FAFSA application is the first step in applying for most financial aid. Learn more here.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Early Award NOW OPEN!

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is worth up to $6700! To qualify when in a non-ranking association (like TSCHAA), you must score a 1400 SAT/ 32 Act and have a 4.0 SC UGP. You must start school the fall after graduating; you cannot take a gap year.

TSCHAA must apply on your behalf. Since TSCHAA leaves record keeping up to the parents as stated in the Third Option Law, I will only know if your child qualifies if you contact me. Please email admin@tschaa.com or call 864-939-8341 if you think your student qualifies.

Learn more about Palmetto Fellows Scholarship here.

Field Trips

Archery Lessons with Pastor John - November 7th, Grace Baptist Church Laurens, SC -
This class is open to 4th - 12th graders and is $3.50 per archer. Register here

Rose Hill Plantation - tour of the house and cooking demonstration - 2:00  December 5th Union, SC - Registration opening soon! http://southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill/introduction.aspx  

Upcountry Museum Class - Feb 21, Greenville, Sc. Superheroes and Superstars (Registration opening this winter.)

Saluda Shoals Wetlands Class- March 28th, Columbia, SC - (Registration opening this winter.)

Acceptance Letter and Member Cards

Acceptance letters and member cards were emailed within 3 business days of payment. Please make sure you have received yours and have printed or saved it for your files. If you missed yours, please email admin@tschaa.com to have it resent.

Homeschool Summit

Free online event! "The Homeschool Teaching Summit will bring you exclusive, Christ-centered parenting, encouragement, and life-balance guidance from 25 top speakers—all for absolutely free."


"Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers."  (HSLDA's website)

Are you interested in joining HSLDA? TSCHAA's discount code ($20 off) is 210419.


SCHEA is looking for volunteers! Contact: schea@schea.net or 803-772-2330 if you are interested. See a list of volunteer positions here.

From SCHEA website, "SCHEA is a statewide organization whose mission is to monitor legislation in order to preserve homeschool rights in South Carolina and to encourage homeschool families and the organizations that serve South Carolina homeschoolers. "

Climb Upstate

Climb Upstate is excited to announce a new partnership with Upward Sports and is now recruiting all skill levels for the Winter Season! 

If you have students interested in joining Climb Upstate's team, please refer them to this link: https://fareharbor.com/climbupstate/items/10090/

Spartanburg Community College Homeschool Application Fee Waived 

Spartanburg Community College is waiving the standard college application fee of $25.00 for high school seniors on the day(s) in which their home high school participates in College Application Day. Recruiting Services director, Quiana Reed, created a special waiver code that any graduating senior South Carolina homeschooler may use to submit an application to Spartanburg Community College for free during the week of October 16-20, 2017. The waiver code is HOMESCHOOLPROMO. The link to the Spartanburg Community College web page is as follows: https://www.sccsc.edu/admissions/.

Christian College Fairs

Homecoming Dance

Providence Athletic Club Homecoming dance October 21 7:00 - 11:00. Open to all 9th - 12th-grade homeschoolers. Baptist Collegiate Ministry Columbia, SC. 

Third Option Law

When you signed up as a Third Option homeschooler through TSCHAA, you agreed to keep the following:

  • A plan book, diary, or other record that indicates what is taught (This can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose – just document what you are teaching or what your child is learning and include the dates that you conducted school.)
  • A portfolio of samples of student work (A portfolio is defined as a collection of work. You can put your child’s work in a folder, make a digital collection, or you can create a beautiful keepsake of your child’s learning – it is up to you. The goal is to have proof of schooling in the required subjects for each child.)
  • Semi-annual progress reports (Progress reports are usually made at 90 days and 180 days. These can be formal like a school would issue and have numerical grades for each subject, or they can be informal and simply state how the child is doing in each subject- ex: satisfactorily, at grade-level, needs improvement in ….)

Please make sure you are following the law. If you have any questions, please let me know.