General regulations

  • There are no registration or licensing requirements, but all schools must either be accredited or approved by the state.

  • The South Carolina Department of Education has assembled a page of requirements for private schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in South Carolina.

  • Parents may homeschool their children or participate in a homeschool organization of fewer than 50 students.

  • The South Carolina DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.

Education regulations and resources for starting a private school in the state of South Carolina

State funding sources & support

South Carolina provides funding for private education:

Curriculum requirements

No state policy exists.

Teacher certification & hiring

No state policy exists.

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Food services / school lunch

In South Carolina, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.

Length of school year

No state policy exists.

Recordkeeping and reports

Private schools must report on request to the local superintendent of education the following information: 1) the number of students receiving instruction; 2) the number of students in regular attendance; 3) the number of teachers employed; and 4) such other facts demonstrating the grade and amount of educational work done in the private school.

Health and safety requirements

Students must be immunized or provide proof of exemption.


School buses owned and operated by private schools or under contract for a private school must conform to state laws and regulations of the South Carolina Board of Education.


There is no testing policy at this time.

State and regional associations

  • Palmetto Association of Independent Schools: a voluntary, non-profit organization founded in 1978 to foster the freedom of member schools to practice their own philosophy of education and to maintain and improve the educational commitment of member schools through cooperative endeavors.

  • South Carolina Independent Schools Association: an exclusively educational organization, with responsibilities to establish accreditation standards, coordinate athletic and academic competitions, and provide professional development opportunities for member schools.

  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS): The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.

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We've done our best to pull together current and accurate information. Even so, there may be omissions or mistakes or content that needs to be updated. If you have recommendations for any resources or corrections, we appreciate your input so we can continue to improve this guide for everyone. 

Nothing in this guide should be construed as legal, business, or tax advice. It is important that you engage qualified professionals who can advise you on such matters, and please visit the Department of Education pages for your state to verify you are in compliance with all regulations.

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