"Once the parent signs the form and the form is notarized, it becomes a legal certificate in SC and should be recognized as such by any school."
I have the same exact question. However, I do not live in SC. Does that apply everywhere? The nurse at our private (catholic) school called me and told me that they do not accept religious exemption because they are a private school and there is nothing in the catholic religion that goes against vaccines. But even though the school is catholic, they accept all religions. Is she legally correct? I am not sure how to find the answer.
"Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief."
See section (a) of this link. http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/028/chapter23/s23.83.html It shows that the immunization requirements apply to private schools the same as public schools. So the the exemption law that says "children need not be immunized" applies to all types of schools as well.
I've never read an exemption law that mentioned receiving government funds.
The thing to worry about with private schools is they can refuse admission. So they can say it is for something else, even if it is for the vaccine exemption. So it's much safer to be accepted to the school before letting them know you will be using an exemption.