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Read more about the scholarship benefits here:

LCHEA-PP-ScholarshipsforMembership.pdf


Requirements

Membership is Open to Persons Who:

  1. Demonstrate an active, supportive interest in homeschooling and in this association
  2. Pay the current annual dues
  3. Adhere to the LCHEA Statement of Faith, LCHEA Bylaws, and LCHEA Code of Conduct
  4. Abide by South Carolina homeschool laws
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Statement of Faith  

A requirement for Association membership is adherence to the following Statement of Faith:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential and that this salvation is received through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and not as a result of good works.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to perform good works.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.


Eligibility

Taken from Article V, Section 1, LCHEA Bylaws
Except as noted below, all persons who desire to gain membership in this Association may become a member by:
a. signing the application which indicates a concurrence with the written Statement of Faith, Code of Conduct, Bylaws, and Guidelines of the Association;
b. paying annual dues, the amount of which will be approved by the Officers;
c. demonstrating an active, supportive interest in home schooling and this Association; and,
d. adhering to South Carolina Home School Laws.

The Association will not accept into membership any family that has one or more children being educated in a virtual charter school, a form of public schooling at home, even when that family has one or more children being home schooled.

In accordance with its Statement of Faith and the authority of Scripture, the Association will not accept into membership or will terminate the membership of persons involved in same-sex marriages, civil unions, polygamy, or other non-marital sexual relationships.

Background Information on LCHEA's Virtual Charter School (VCS) Policy
During the 2008-2009 school year, the LCHEA Board used the entire year to research, educate, and gain insight from organizations such as HSLDA and SCHEA on the VCS topic. LCHEA educated the leaders, as well as the membership at that time with several informational meetings throughout the year. The policy was approved by the Board in the spring of 2009.

It was the Board's decision not to accept VCS families in our support group because it is not considered traditional homeschooling. This policy also applies to mixed families, with both VCS students and traditionally homeschooled students. Since VCS takes place in the same environment as the traditional homeschool setting, it was determined that it is impossible to separate the two schools in the actual home. With VCS and traditional homeschooling occurring in the same home, the traditional homeschool student could have some oversight from the state, as well. It is a different scenario when a sibling leaves the home for the public/private school off-site, as there would only be one school in the home (the traditional homeschool). This policy does not apply to the families who have a child attending public/private school out of the home.

LCHEA felt that we needed to put safeguards in place that could affect the future of homeschooling in our state; the intent of our policy is to protect what we enjoy now as traditional homeschooling. VCS has affected traditional homeschooling in other states, and we, as a support group, need to do our part to protect our right to home school in SC. LCHEA's policy lines up with many of the other support groups in SC, including our state support group, SCHEA. The national organization, HSLDA, also supports our policy, as they have seen firsthand of how VCS has affected homeschooling in several states. Additional information can be found about VCS on both of their websites: www.schomeeducatorsassociation.org and www.hslda.org

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Benefits

The LCHEA Calendar is filled with many events and activities. Membership provides opportunities often not available to individuals. Most events listed below have occurred annually for many years.
Because LCHEA is a volunteer organization, any event or activity may be cancelled if volunteers are not available to perform the duties necessary to assure the event. Additionally an event may not be pursued if the membership displays a lack of interest. All members are expected to volunteer and bring their part to the whole.

A sampling of events/activities that you would typically find on our LCHEA Calendar is provided below.

Moms Offering Moms Support - (MOMS): LCHEA offers encouragement and support to moms through planned times of fellowship, outings and events. These times will be as simple as coffee and dessert and as complex as a ladies’ weekend away!! We will also be offering mentoring where moms new to homeschooling can be paired with seasoned homeschooling mothers. This is going to be a wonderful year to homeschool your children with the support system of other mothers on a similar path as you. Almost every year we invite a well-known speaker to inform and encourage us in some aspect of home education.
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High School Graduation Ceremony: A senior graduation is available to those who desire the experience of participating in a recognition ceremony with homeschooled friends. A photographer and videographer usually are present to record the event. Planning meetings are held throughout the school year but it is important to join early in June prior to senior year because senior yearbook photos are scheduled before the start of the school year.  Seniors and participating families are actively involved in this process. Additional information may be found in the LCHEA Guidelines document.
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Achievement Testing: PSAT testing is offered to LCHEA students 8th grade and above one day each fall. Because space is limited, priority is given to 8th and 11th grade students and to those who register early. Stanford Achievement Testing for 3rd through 12th grade students is conducted over two days in the spring.
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Spelling Bee: LCHEA is the regional district representative for homeschoolers for the Scripts National Spelling Bee sponsored by the Post and Courier newspaper. Fifth through eighth grade LCHEA students and other homeschool students participate. The winner of the LCHEA Bee participates in the Charleston area Spell Bound spelling bee with a chance to participate in national competition.
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Geography Bee: LCHEA partners with other area support groups to hold a National Geographic Society Geographic Bee. Competition includes 4th through 8th grade students. The top 100 students within the state compete at the state level; the winner is invited to participate in the national competition.
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Science Fair/STEM Event: LCHEA’s science event is open to LCHEA students of all ages. Projects may be completed by individuals or by groups of students. Participants display materials which describe their projects. Outside guests may be invited to speak to the group or provide science activities for the families.
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Student Council: LCHEA has two student councils, student governments in which students make decisions about and conduct service projects and social activities. These groups are available for students in grades 8th through 12th.
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National Honor Society: LCHEA high school students participate in the National Homeschool Honor Society, Eta Sigma Alpha. Eligible 9th through 12th grade LCHEA students may apply. College scholarships have been awarded to graduating National Honor Society members.
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Junior & Senior Prom/Banquet: This annual social evening may be attended by LCHEA juniors and seniors and their guests. Dress is either formal or related to the banquet’s theme. Additional information may be found in the LCHEA Guidelines document.
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Father-Daughter Dance: This elegant affair with an ambiance similar to that of a prom allows fathers and their daughters to enjoy a fun formal event together.
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Yearbook: Our full-color, hardcover yearbook is produced almost entirely by LCHEA high school students overseen by an adult coordinator. The student staff members photograph activities, design and build yearbook pages, and sell advertising. High school credit may be given for yearbook staff participation. Seniors are given special recognition in the yearbook, but must be actively involved in the process beginning early in the summer, the start of the LCHEA membership year. Student portraits of students in K-4 though 11th grade, similar to those taken of students in traditional schools, are taken by a professional photographer in the fall.
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Used Curriculum Sale: Each year in late spring or early summer, LCHEA holds a sale during which members may sell curriculum and other education-related materials. Only LCHEA members may sell, but shopping is open to the public.
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Field Trips: LCHEA members schedule many field trips throughout the year. Our numbers generally allow us to schedule our activities at rates lower than those paid by individuals. Usually reservation payments made by member families are nonrefundable but may be transferred to other LCHEA members. Field trips are promoted on our email forums and on our calendar.
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Forums/Loops: LCHEA maintains many forums/loops so that members may transmit and receive information easily and quickly. With such freedom comes responsibility to assure that all communications are appropriate and written in a gentle, considerate, Christian manner. Individuals who fail to abide by these standards may lose the ability to communicate through our email forums/loops and ultimately, may forfeit their membership to LCHEA. All forums are designed for communication between parents; a few google group loops facilitate communication to and between students, along with their parents.
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Discounted Memberships

LCHEA members may become members in other organizations at a discounted rate.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.

South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA), a group formed to support South Carolina home educators and to perform a lead role to create legal protection for home education in South Carolina. SCHEA offers information on events for homeschoolers in SC and many other resources for helping homeschoolers.

LCHEA-Sponsored Events Open to the Public

Homeschool Orientation: LCHEA holds homeschool orientations periodically around the Lowcountry. Anyone interested in homeschooling may attend. Husbands and wives are encouraged to attend together. Homeschool laws, groups, terminology, and record keeping are discussed.

Information/Communication Systems for LCHEA Members

Website The public portion of the website provides general homeschool information and information about LCHEA membership. The private members section of the website may be accessed by LCHEA members only through a username and a password.

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