How to Get Educator’s Discounts
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.
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!
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.
If you want to contribute discounts that are not listed here, send me the information so other home educators can enjoy the privileges of educator discounts and free stuff!
Educators’ Discounts List For Homeschoolers
- A.C. Moore-
15% off Sale & Regular merchandise prices. Must have your Homeschool ID Card from the State.
- Adobe Creative Cloud-
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.
- Apple Computers-
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.
- Banana Republic-
15% full priced merchandise for both students and teachers- take your valid homeschool ID
- Barnes & Noble Educators' Discount Card-
Renew every 2 years for 20% discounts on all purchases & 25% off on teacher appreciation days
20% discount on most items for their classroom, books & free shipping. K-12 educators, librarians, and homeschoolers are eligible.
- Colonial Williamsburg-
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.
- Discovery Place - Educator's Membership Discount-
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.
- Great Wolf Lodge-
Stay Sunday – Thursday through December 14, 2017 and get up to 15% off the best available rate with promo code HOME
- HP Computers-
Homeschool students and teachers are eligible for their discount - 20% for students, free shipping
- J. Crew-
15% discount to all teachers and college students when they shop with us in our stores and show a valid school ID at checkout
- Jo-Ann Fabric-
Teacher Rewards Card - every purchase! Lots of good deals on craft supplies and decor.
- Legoland - Special Homeschool Days-
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
- Marbles Museum - Raleigh-
Free admission for one homeschool parent - $1 off admission for children - check the website or call about special days & events: 919-834-4040
15% everyday on your purchases (some exclusions) Available in store only - take your ID card
- Michael's Crafts-
15% - you need to ask at your local store about the teacher discount.
- Office Depot/Office Max-
Same 2% discount as regular rewards program unless you spend $500 annually - then you get VIP status & a 5% discount
- PureFlix - Christian Movies to Go With Curriculum-
FREE Christian Homeschool Movies to go with your curriculum - this is a special homeschool program in addition to their regular free month trial.
- Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh-
Free Reader's Club Membership - 21% off on most books to be used in the classroom
- Scholastic Warehouse Book Sales-
Deep discounts on Scholastic books, up to 80% off, plus an additional 25% off any Clearance Items. Sign up at the website and they will email you when warehouse sales are happening in your area.
Same as regular rewards program - 2% discount. You must spend $1,000 annually on teacher's supplies to get additional discount of 5%
- Techknow Training Studios-
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.
- Triad Goodwill Store-
Student/Teacher Discount - Every Tuesday Save 10% off your purchase (donated goods only). Must show valid student, teacher or school ID to get discount.
- WonderWorks - Myrtle Beach, Pigeon Forge-
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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