Educator discounts are available to homeschool parents in North Carolina from many stores and online providers. Stores, events and venues that offer discounts to educators will require that you verify you are an “official” North Carolina Home Educator.
Once you have completed your Notice of Intent to Homeschool, sent the NCDNPE the required documentation, and received confirmation from them that your Homeschool has been registered in the State of North Carolina, you are an “official” homeschool! Congrats!
Now you can print a verification card by logging onto the NCDNPE WEBSITE.
At the main page for Home Schools, you will see sections for Information, Homeschool Forms, etc. – you need to click on the section under Home School Forms that says “Print a Homeschool Verification Record”.
Then Follow These Steps To Print Your Verification:
Login to Your Account
Enter You User Name & Password
You Can Then Manage Your Account, or Print Your Official Registration Record & Verification Card
This verification record lets people know that you have set up a homeschool and that your school is listed with the State.
This card is online where you can re-print it each year. The card/registration record has the current school year date on it, so you will need to logon to your NCDNPE account each year.
While you are printing your ID card, it is the perfect time to be sure that all the information that the DNPE has is accurate and up to date.
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Updating the NC Division of Non-Public Education
Change your address if needed, and if you want to, add any new student information.
The NC statute only requires that we keep our attendance, testing and vaccination records in our homes to be reviewed if requested, it doesn’t require us to add student information (sex, age, grade, test type etc.) to the NCDNPE database, but it is helpful for them to have proper student statistics, so if you are comfortable with it, you can easily update them at the website.
In the “olden days” of NC homeschooling we filed our NOI and got back one precious peach/orange/salmon/Mercurochrome colored card (where did they get that cardstock anyway?).
We were then firmly informed: “you-will-only-be-issued-one-card-ever-so-hold-on-to-it-with-your-life-and-don’t-lose-it-at-the-zoo!”
Thanks to the state’s new technology, we no longer have to fear risking our lives in a house fire to run in after the “one and only” card that verified our homeschool!
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Discounts and Even Free Stuff
In North Carolina, your homeschool ID card will get you in to the NC Aquariums and the Zoo FREE. You do need to register in advance. See their websites for the details.
Why Another List?
Because when people post those teacher’s discount lists, they are trying to be helpful, but often they do not follow up to see if homeschoolers actually qualify for those discounts.
Some of those discounts have been negotiated by religious/expensive membership groups such as HSLDA and thus, if you are secular homeschoolers, or not a member of that group (HSLDA requires an annual fee), you cannot get the discount. (ex. Minecraft educational memberships & Creation Museum discounts)
Homeschoolers Are Not “Teachers”
Some businesses offer discounts only to teachers or students with a school email ( .edu ) or with a teacher ID # for a public/private school, so for the purposes of a discount, homeschoolers don’t actually qualify for them.
According to a representative with at IDME, (a large verification company used by many businesses to verify eligibility), they are not able to use any form of identification other than those the businesses have specified so our homeschool ID #’s may not qualify us.
An example of this is the Lenovo/Dell computer discount that is on a lot of “teacher discount lists” but is NOT currently available to homeschoolers, because IDME is not allowed to accept homeschool ID #’s as verification. (as of the date I checked summer 2017)
A better choice for discounts on technology is HP or Apple who offer discounts on their products specifically to homeschoolers!
Anyway as a result of following up on some of these discounts on teacher lists and being frustrated, I decided to offer a list of discounts that I as a homeschooler actually have verified as pertaining to home educators & not just a copy of a list I found on the internet of discounts for “teachers”.
Help Homeschoolers Find Your Business or Products
If you want to help by contributing information about discounts that are not listed here, send me the information.
Help homeschoolers bond together and support businesses that recognize them as the unique educational entities they are! If you are a business, or have products that you offer discounts to home educators, please let me know about them.
Help me spread the word so that other home educators can enjoy the privileges of educator discounts and free stuff! The more we get the word out about them, the more businesses will realize they should offer discounts to home educators in order to gain us as customers and to gain our good will.
Homeschool parents are loving using the kits for fun hands on learning and art. These are creative kits that will come to students automatically every month or you can purchase bundles or individual kits to try. The discount is for the subscription products (Monthly, 6 Months or Yearly Subscriptions are Available) Great way for Grandparents to be involved, or for a gift idea. Creative activities your kids can do independently. The items in the kits encourage creativity and imaginative play as well as making learning fun. Get more information at the link above or SEE MY REVIEW.
From their website: Proof of eligibility may include: Dated copy of a letter of intent to homeschool, Current membership ID to a homeschool association (for example, the Home School Legal Defense Association), Dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current academic school year.
Homeschoolers are eligible for education pricing: Apple Education Pricing is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels.
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2018 HOMESCHOOL DAYS are Spring: February 24-March 4, 2018 & Fall: September 8-September 23, 2018. To get the homeschool discounted ticket price you need to purchase your tickets online. For more information on Customized Guided Tours, homeschool planning, or to make reservations call 1-800-228-8878 or email GROUPSALES@CWF.ORG. Ask about discounts from local hotels during homeschool days too.
Homeschool educators in North or South Carolina qualify for specially-discounted Educator Memberships. Valid for two named adults and up to four children age 18 and younger living in your household. A copy of a valid homeschool certificate is required.
Open November - March, & using one of the most advanced snow-making systems in the Southeast on 16 lighted slopes, 5 lifts including 3 moving carpet lifts, and 4,000 sets of snow sports equipment. Cataloochee offers a PSIA AASI member Snowsports School for all ages and abilities and Children’s Learning Center for kids ages 4-12. Groups of 15 or more receive free beginner lessons when renting equipment. A cozy fireplace, restaurant and lounge. A day at Tube World brings memories of childhood sled rides rushing back. Tube World opens mid Dec. & Kids of all ages enjoy tubing, perfect for a family or group outing. No walking up; step on our carpet lift & let it do the work. Must be 42 inches tall. Only Tube World equipment may be used. No two-person tubing allowed. Please remember tubing is on a first come basis. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes long & run every two hours. Homeschoolers get special discounted rates for day skiing. See "Homeschool Days" on the website for details. Located at 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, North Carolina28751 you can call (828) 926-0285 or Toll Free 1- 800 - 768 - 0285 or EMAIL HERE.
Teachers & 1 guest free on opening weekend of the cornmaze. Loads of activities, 2 1/2 Miles of trails located at 3175 Benson Road, Garner NC 27529. Call 919-779-4765. You can schedule field trips for groups of 20 or more paying guests & teacher & assistant get in free.
Check ahead of time for special homeschool days - Payment will be taken in advance and specified verification is required at Ticket Window when picking up your tickets. Examples of verification include a copy of county letter of intent, involvement with local support group, non-traditional school or umbrella school or involvement in a state organization such as FPEA, CHESS or HSLDA
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach NC - North Carolina home-school groups, are admitted free if registered in advance. For more information regarding Home School visits, please contact the Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910 - 772-0542.
FREE - Homeschooled students in grades K through 6 can earn a free Six Flags Ticket when they read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to homeschools, teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.
Online technology curriculum with over 30 technology based courses. Normal class cost is $9.95 per month for each student. FAMILY DISCOUNT:$17.95/month for multiple children 10% off (2-3 students) 45% off (4 or more children $5.50 per month for each student) 30 day free trial. Call 1-877-567-6305 with questions.
Skiing & Snowboarding - Reserve 1 week ahead of time. Call or EMAIL to ask pricing for Homeschool Days t or call 828-295-9311 to make reservations & let them know amount of people in your group, level of lessons etc.
2018 - Get your discount in January, February & May - only $10 plus tax: Call 865- 868-1800 to ask about education discounts. Some days they will exclude so call ahead to be sure you can get your educational discount and/or free teacher admission ticket.
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