Local Resources Directory
Finding a community of support is a key to homeschooling success, so we’ve organized this Local Resources Directory. Everything you want to know for educational and social connections.
Co-ops, Resource Centers and Support Groups
- HERO Irmo Co-op: Home Education Resource Organization offers social and educational activities in Irmo; inclusive/non-religious
- Akoma Homeschoolers: Support group created to help black/african/african ancestral homeschooling families connect with each other in the Carolina Region.
- Christian Home Educators of Camden: Informal homeschool support group in the greater Camden, SC area.
- HERALD 5: a support group for Christian homeschooling families of the Midlands of South Carolina.
- SHIELD: Supporting Home Instruction Encompassing Lexington District offers support, encouragement, resources and activities for Christian families.
- Arrows Academy: Two day per week program that partners with families to give their children instruction in the main content areas with qualified teachers and excellent curriculum from a Christian perspective.
- Chapin Academy: Offers classes two days a week with qualified, Christian instructors.
- Dutch Fork Resource Center: Serving the high school needs of homeschooling students throughout the Chapin/Irmo area and beyond.
- Excelsior Academy: Academy classes, ages 4-13, develop an effective Christian worldview as we study literature, history, and the fine arts based on various time periods. High School offerings are college-preparatory classes with honors options.
- Explore Academy Homeschool Hangouts Co-op: High Engagement, Offer low cost educational classes, and encourage meeting other homeschool families once a month; Secular/Inclusive
- Homeschool Collaborators: Faith-based co-op located off Dutch Fork Road.
- Lexington Homeschool Co-op: A Christian Homeschool Group offering classes taught by the parents of children who attend co-op, rather than paid teachers.
- Midlands Resource Center: Offers middle school preparatory classes and the upper level mathematics, science, foreign language, and/or English courses required to graduate from high school and to prepare their child for college with a Christian perspective.
- Principia Center: Provides weekly instruction for students in grades 7-12, from a Christian perspective.
- School of the Minds: FREE homeschool co-op focused on gifted kids; Project and interest based, secular/inclusive.
- SC GEEKS: Outings a few times a month and meets for co-op every other week for ages 12-18, inclusive.
Educational Destinations and Other Resources
- The State Museum: Free daily admission with proof of homeschooling; once a month Homeschool Day, pre-registration required.
- Confederate Relic Room: Free once a month Homeschool Friday, pre-registraiton required.
- Historic Columbia: Once a month Homeschool Day, pre-registration/pre-payment required.
- Virtual SC: A free state-sponsored ala carte supplemental online program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades 7-12
- SC Discus: South Carolina’s Virtual Library is the “information place” for all South Carolinians. Provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7. Accessible from your county library’s website or via Discus with username/password. READ MORE HERE.
- Ed’s Editions: Used bookseller locally owned by homeschooler, has large selection of homeschool materials.
Educational Consultants and Local Bloggers:
- Richland County Library: Education Studio: A carefully-curated collection of books and materials that support learning through a multisensory approach. The specially-designed studio space provides quiet seating for homeschoolers, tutors and teachers to prepare and conduct lessons. Reading specialists offer a personalized consultation.
- Discovery Therapies: Learning Development center that goes beyond tutoring by addressing the underlying issues that cause students to struggle.
- Homeschooling the Special Needs Child: Susan Blackwell. Consultation, Curriculum counseling, testing services especially for homeschoolers.
- Dyslexia Reading Center: Offers services and resources for students who struggle with reading and those who teach them.
- The Cultivating Mom: Tomekia Latoya offers homeschool coaching.
- Kiyana Thomas: Faith, Family, Homeschooling. Offers lesson planning and homeschool consultation.
- Breakthrough Homeschooling: Pat Fenner offers high school consultation for small groups or individuals.
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