Home School Ministries
Fellowship Bible Church values the Scriptural principles of family as portrayed throughout the Bible. Our commitment to provide families with the resources needed to train up their children in the way of the Lord extend beyond the Sunday morning worship services into many different areas.
One of the ministries of Fellowship Bible Church involves directly meeting needs of home-schooling families across the Upstate of South Carolina through the Home School Resource Center where students enrolled in classes have the opportunity to study middle and high school subjects in a classroom setting.
Piedmont Home Educators Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to act as a liaison between homeschooling families, their school districts, and the state department of education in accordance with Section 59-65-47 of South Carolina law.
This law provides for all aspects of homeschooling as established by our legislature.
Personal records are maintained by the parent-teacher. We report only the number of students and their grade level to the appropriate school districts.
In addition to providing a legal covering for homeschooling families, PHEA also offers counseling and information for new homeschool families.
Founded by Christian homeschoolers in 1996, PHEA is open to all homeschoolers regardless of religious preference. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin.
PHEA is based in Greenville, South Carolina and accepts new families throughout the year.
HOME SCHOOL RESOURCE CENTER – STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The Home School Resource Center (HSRC) has been established to serve the home-school community of the Upstate as just what the name implies – a resource center. It is the belief of the parents involved in developing this center that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents. This belief is shared by many who currently have their children enrolled in the public school system. The reluctance of these parents to home school their children is often based on a perceived or actual inability to teach courses at the junior and senior high school level, such as Chemistry, Algebra, and foreign languages. By pooling in one place parents trained in these areas, the HSRC hopes to provide the necessary assistance to such families in order for them to pursue the educational option deemed best for their children.
Homeschooling is burgeoning in the United States, and for diverse reasons. Many, perhaps most, home school parents do so for religious reasons; although this is not the universal explanation for why parents choose to educate their children at home. Many do so in order to improve the academic curriculum to which their child is exposed; many to provide that one-on-one attention so needed by all children. The philosophy held by the HSRC, however, is that children are gifts from the Lord, and that God has, in His Word, clearly placed the responsibility for training up a child upon the parents (Deut. 6:4-7; 11:19; Prov. 1:1-7) While the HSRC will seek to provide excellent instruction in the various courses offered, this instruction will be conducted on the clearly enunciated view of evangelical Christianity. In lieu of furnishing a separate Statement of Doctrinal Faith, the prospective parent can refer to several evangelical confessions which are held by the administration and teachers of HSRC to accurately present the system of doctrine believed to be taught in the Bible. These documents are:
The London Confession of Faith (1689) a.k.a. the Philadelphia Confession (link)
The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (1644) (link)
The Belgic Confession (link) and Heidelberg Catechism (link)
The Home School Resource Center will not seek to employ state-certified teachers for the classes offered. Instead, parents, trained by degree and experience in the areas offered, will be utilized. A brief resumé of each teacher is offered as well as the course descriptions in the catalog.
The HSRC is not a school. The students attending classes at the HSRC are registered home schoolers, and the primary teaching responsibility remains with the parent. Parents will have the flexibility of choosing the courses best suited to their child’s personal academic needs and development. Due to the requirements of the State of South Carolina regarding minimum home instructional time, no student will be permitted to take more than four courses in any single semester.
Courses offered by the Home School Resource Center will not be segregated by ‘grade,’ but by academic proficiency. Therefore, some courses will approach the ‘one-room schoolhouse’ model, where students of different grade levels will take the same course. This will be especially true of the language courses, as some students will be taking these earlier in their academic career than others. The Math and Science core will also be determined on the basis of completion of prerequisite courses, rather than on specific grade level. It is possible, therefore, that any given course may have a 2 – 4 grade spectrum within its student composition.
The majority of our classes include two hours of instruction time per week. Most of these classes meet twice a week for one hour. Some classes meet once a week for two hours. Several of our upper level math and science classes meet for three or more hours a week. These classes have a higher tuition which is noted in the prospectus and on the application.