August 2018

TSCHAA Newsletter

TSCHAA Field Trip - Register now!

Registration has opened for our Charlotte Motor Speedway STEM class!

October 25th at 10:00 AM - $20 per student/ $10 per parent plus $1.50 per person Paypal fee (Kindergarten - 12th grade)

3-hour program 

"Recognized by the North Carolina Motorsports Association, the STEM program at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers students a fun and educational experience. Students will relate motorsports to core principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by navigating through various hands-on stations. Upon completion of the stations, students are welcome to experience the 24 degree banking of Charlotte Motor Speedway by taking a tour van ride around the 1.5 mile NASCAR track!

Come and explore the velocity of a moving car! Teams will clock and measure speeds at varying angles that correlate to our different race tracks.

Get ready to race! Teams will run a series of qualifying times and compete in races based upon the average they calculate.

Students will form "pit crews" and work together as they learn about weight distribution. Pit crews will calculate pre-adjustment and post-adjustment weight.

Groups will use a set of cars to measure the degree of traction on multiple surfaces. They will form a hypothesis based on the angle the car will move.

Students will learn how friction plays an important role in motorsports. This station will focus on Newton's Laws of Motion." (Charlotte Motor Speedway)


ATTN: New Members

If your student was in public school last year, make sure you have formally withdrawn him/her. Failure to do so could result in truancy charges. TSCHAA offers a compliance letter for you to take to the school to show proof of homeschooling. You can request one here.

If you are new to homeschooling, check out TSCHAA's guide to homeschooling for record keeping examples and more. Check it out here.

EWOKs Support Group

Are you homeschooling a student with special needs? TSCHAA has a Facebook support group just for you! EWOKs (Educating Wonderfully Original KidS) is for families with students that have any type of learning disability - ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, etc. You can join here.

Sports Opportunities for Homeschoolers

Equal Access Interscholastic Bill

This law gives homeschoolers the ability to participate in extracurricular activities at a public school. Please note that a student should have been homeschooled for 1 year in the district he/she wishes to play sports in, and the family should notify the superintendent of the district in writing before the sportseason begins. Failure to meet these requirements could result in the student being ineligible to play.

For more information, please visit this website.

A printable letter of intent to the School Superintendent for participating in extracurricular activities can be found here.

Homeschool Only Sports Leagues

Classical Conversations - Columbia

The Classical Conversations community of Northeast Columbia is still accepting applications for the morning Foundations program (ages 4-11) and afternoon Essentials program (ages 9-11) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Contact Kristi Bothur at for more information, or visit the CCNE website ( 

Homeschooling High School 

Are you homeschooling high school? Check out TSCHAA's guide to homeschooling high school here. If you have a graduating senior, make sure you finish your year by June 15th so your student can qualify for SC scholarships!


High School Writing. It stirs up fear in some homeschool parents. The thought of grading papers effectively and guiding their students on their writing journey is more than some can handle. Does this sound like you? Or maybe you feel pretty confident and just want some resources to help. Thankfully, there are some amazing tools that can help you, and the best part is many of them are FREE! Learn more here.

Homeschooling Resources

Are you looking for a support group, co-op, class, or bookstore? Check out The SC Homeschooling Connection's list of homeschool resources here.

SC Promise Scholarship

Trident Tech is offering a $2000 scholarship for Berkley County students. Learn more here.

Homeschool Days

Camp Greenville is offering a homeschool day camp October 2. Learn morehere.

Biltmore Homeschool days Sept 20, 21. Learn more 

Chimney Rock homeschool day Sept 19. Learn more here. 

The Adventure Center, Asheville, NC. Homeschool Days - August 24 and Nov 15. Learn more here.

Dollywood - August 6h - September 30th - discount tickets and reduce rates for the DreamMore Resort. Learn more here. 

Homeschool Classes

Riverbanks Zoo (Columbia)- homeschool Mondays. Learn more here.

Upcountry Museum (Greenville)- each month offers a different homeschool class. Learn more here.

Greenville Zoo (Greenville) - 2018-2019 schedule not posted yet. Learn more here.

Charleston History Museum (Charleston) - 3rd Friday of each month. Learn more here.

South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston) - Homeschool Explorers is offered monthly. Learn more here.

Ripley's Aquarium (Myrtle Beach) - monthly programs. Learn more here. 

South Carolina State Museum (Columbia) - monthly programs. Learn more here. (And don't forget homeschoolers get in free during the week!) 

Discount Theater Tickets 

Theaters offer daytime performances for schools, including homeschoolers, during the school year. Performances are usually about an hour and tickets are discounted!

Spartanburg Children's Theater (Spartanburg) 
Peace Center (Greenville)  
Tri-Art (Clemson) 
SC Children's Theater (Greenville) 
Children's Theater of Charleston (Charleston) 


Member Card - Discounts!

As a homeschool family, you are entitled to many of the same discounts that teachers receive.  Your TSCHAA member card is the perfect way to prove legal homeschooling so you can obtain a discount. Always inquire about discounts with businesses before purchasing tickets or items. The following businesses are known to offer discounts to homeschoolers. (Please check with the business to verify discount.)

Joanne's Fabric

Barnes and Noble

The South Carolina State Museum

AC Moore


Books A Million

Ripley's Aquarium and other attractions

Titanic Exhibit in TN

Pizza Hut Book It program

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Homeschool Day at Biltmore

Homeschool Day at Dollywood

Homeschool Days at Colonial Williamsburg

2nd and Charles Bookstore

Mr. K’s Bookstore


Dollywood Homeschool Days

Medieval Times Homeschool Day

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate allows homeschoolers to get Educators Membership

Brown Roof Thrift Store Spartanburg

Homeschool Days at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach

Great Wolf Lodge offers homeschool discounts at various times throughout year

Zoo and Museums usually offer homeschool classes - check their websites to see what they offer