General Information


Frequently Asked Questions

SC "3rd Option" Requirements Section 59-65-47

  • A parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate;
  • The instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;
  • The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and
  • Educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include: (1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage; (2) a portfolio of samples of the student's academic work; (3) a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student's academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.

Membership Card

  • Mailed to home address following receipt of your completed forms and membership fee.
  • New card is supplied for each consecutive school year.
  • Card may be accepted to receive discounts at various educational venues. We suggest calling venue before scheduled trip to see if discounts apply.


  • Field trips count as school days

Membership Fee

  • New Members: $30.00 non refundable membership fee
  • Current Members: $30.00 non refundable membership fee if postmarked before August 15th
  • Current Members Renewing After August 14th: $50.00 non refundable membership fee.
  • Checks payable to OLPH and mail to OLPH P.O. Box 61078 Columbia, SC 29260-1078

Children with Special Needs

  • Contact the school district that you are zoned for to identify resources available to you and your family.

Wise Words

"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."

- Proverbs 24:3-4

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding."

- Proverbs 4:1