Begin Homeschooling in the Carolinas

  • 1 Homeschool laws vary by state, so you'll want to check into those depending on where you live.
    North Carolina? Start here!
    South Carolina? Start here!
    Reasons to Home Educate
    Answers to the most common questions about homeschooling can be found here.
  • 2 Choosing a curriculum can feel like a daunting task. There are SO many choices. You’ll need to determine your child’s learning style, your teaching style and parent time commitment. For this we recommend 103 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Each Child’s Learning Style. This book will walk you through the process.
  • 3 You’ll want to learn about the various homeschool methods. Simply Charlotte Mason has a great blog and video about them, The Five Styles of Homeschooling Compared..
  • 4 North Carolina Home Educators is our statewide organization. Their website is loaded with articles, webinars, past homeschool workshop sessions, and much more to help you get started. There is even a link to help you connect with local groups depending on where you live.
  • 5 Woodcock Johnson Testing is a great way to cover our annual testing requirement here in NC but is also the perfect place to start for families pulling their children from a school setting to begin homeschooling anytime during the year. While it is helpful to know what level your child is in multiple subjects and it also helps parents determine what their educational strengths and weakness are. Often children can be above grade level in one subject and below in another. Recognizing this can help avoid a frustrating start to home educating for you & your child. The testing administrators listed below can also make recommendations for curriculums specifically for your child based on their specific results.

Here are some Woodcock-Johnson Academic Test administrators that offer full year testing services for our area.

Blair Weddington- ATC Educational Services

(704) 202-0720

[email protected]


Area Served- Charlotte region

Blair Weddington is a seasoned homeschool mama to four with a BA in education and the Charlotte region test administrator with ATC educational services. She loves to come alongside families and help them in their homeschool journey. She believes homeschooling is such a joy and can also be hard and is thankful to walk alongside families through it all!

Sydney Smith- Growing Scholars

(704) 663-6243

[email protected]


Area Served: Mooresville and the surrounding counties Rowan, Iredell, Cabarrus, and Mecklenburg

Sydney Smith has been administering the Woodcock- Johnson Academic Test to children for the past 7 years and looks forward to helping you with your child’s testing needs.

Shawn Hill- AAA Educational Services

(704) 607-9092

[email protected]

Area Served: Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Gastonia, Concord, and Stanley County

Shawn M. Hill has been administering the Woodcock-Johnson Academic Test for the past 28 years. He and his wife, Shannon, have homeschooled their three children.

HSLDA passionately advocates for the freedom to homeschool and offers support for every stage of your homeschool journey. Click here to see the homeschool laws by state.