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
  • Life Ready Learners: Critical thinking and hands-on class experiences to aid students in developing vital life skills.
  • Southeast Columbia Co-op: An inclusive learning cooperative that meets weekly with something fun and educational for every age.



  • Akoma Cares: Homeschool & Community Resource Organization dedicated to supporting families of the  African diaspora on their homeschool journeys. Provides resources, opportunities for enrichment, education, and socialization for melanated families in the Carolina region.
  • 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.
  • Christian Home Educators of Camden: Informal homeschool support group in the greater Camden, SC area.
  • Community Literacy Lab: Game-based and multi-sensory online learning
  • 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.
  • Garnet Squadron: 4H club for grades 9-12 participating in FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics.
  • Grace Community Academy: Private school offering part-time enrollment for high schoolers. Band and Drama, too.
  • Harvest Collaborators United Co-op & Hybrid Academy: A la carte classes, in-person and online, ranging from preschool to High School and ACE College Credit Classes.
  • HERALD 5: A support group for home schooling families in the St. Andrews/Irmo/Chapin area; however, residence in Lexington/Richland District 5 is not required for membership
  • 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.
  • Nelson's Bright Minds Academy: a SC K12 Certified Literacy Teacher, we’re offering home school support for subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for students in 3rd - 12th grade.
  • Peaceful Gatherings Nature School: An agile learning center where tender hearts and adventurous spirits play to learn.
  • Principia Center: Provides weekly instruction for students in grades 7-12, from a Christian perspective.
  • Rooted in Learning: Virtual preschool sessions to help 3-5 year old children prepare for Kindergarten, while having fun and making friends. Also offers specialized Math and ELA tutoring services for K-8th grade students.
  • Royal Scholars Academy: Afro-centered learning co-operative, with field trips and social activities too.
  • Trinity Homeschool Academy: Equipping the next generation of homeschooling families to love God, love others and reach the world.
  • USC Strings Project: offering instruction on the bowed stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass). Group classes and orchestra from 3rd grade thru high school and beyond.
  • World Changers Leadership Academy: Offers weekly co-op as well as field trips and social activities. A complete support community.
  • YMCA Homeschool Swim & Gym: Incorporate physical activity, healthy living, socialization and play into your homeschool curriculum.

Educational Destinations and Other Resources

  • Agritourism Passport: Visit the participating farms and collect stamps to win Certified South Carolina items!
  • The State Museum: Free daily admission with proof of homeschool registration.
  • Columbia Museum of Art: Kid-friendly tours and projects, free public events.
  • Confederate Relic Room: Free once a month Homeschool Friday, pre-registration required. Free daily admission with proof of homeschool registration.
  • Eudora Farms: Drive-thru safari. Free admission for Homeschoolers in August.
  • Historic Columbia: Once a month Homeschool Day, pre-registration/pre-payment required.
  • Liberty Live 1780: Active learning experiences in the areas of the Life in the Colonial SC Backcountry & American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.
  • Revolutionary War Visitor Center: Seeks to teach South Carolinas' important role in the American Revolution and the importance of the Southern Campaign. Free educational programming for all ages.
  • Riverbanks Zoo: Water park, zip-line, rock wall and carousel activities.
  • Sal's Feed and Seed: Gardening classes and farm tours.
  • SC Military Museum: Self-guided, Free admission. Homeschool STEM Day once a month.
  • SC Numismatics Association: Coin collecting clubs in your area (homeschoolers are welcome).
  • SC State Parks Passport: Explore SC--visit all 47 state parks and earn the ultimate outsider award!
  • Sumter County Museum: Promotes the history of Old Sumter District through programs and exhibits that allow all of us to inform and shape our future.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Educational Learning Services: Testing, tutoring, curriculum counseling for homeschoolers in SC and beyond.
    Homeschooling the Special Needs Child: 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.
  • All Kinds of Minds: Neurodiversity-Affirming Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
  • SC Assistive Technology: Technology devices and services to help people with disabilities live, work and learn more independently.
  • Family Connections of SC: Provides programs and support to families that have a child with a disability or specific healthcare need.

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