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Tennessee Homeschool Laws
Below is a brief summary of the home schooling law in Tennessee.
Compulsory School Age in TN
“between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) years, both inclusive”; also applicable to children under age 6 who have enrolled in any public, private, or parochial school for more than six weeks; a parent of a six-year-old may make application for a one-semester or one-year deferral with the principal of the public school in which the child would be required to attend. *Any child who has received a diploma or certificate of graduation from high school, is enrolled in an approved GED program or has received a GED certificate, or is enrolled in a home school and has reached the age of 17 years is exempt from the compulsory attendance law.
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|Tennessee Legal Home Schooling Options:|
|Option: 1||Option: 2||Option: 3|
|Legal Option:||Establish and operate a home school
||Establish and operate a home school in association with a church-related school||Operate as a satellite campus of a church-related school: christian homeschool
|Attendance:||180 days per year, 4 hours per day||180 days per year||180 days per year|
|Subjects:||For grades K-8: None For grades 9-12: Either college preparatory courses—those required for admission to state-operated four-year colleges, OR general studies courses—those required by the state board of education for high school graduation.||As prescribed by the church-related school||As prescribed by the church-related school|
|Qualifications:||For grades K-8: High school diploma or GED For grades 9-12: baccalaureate degree (or an annual exemption granted by the Commissioner of Education)||For grades K-8: None
For grades 9-12: High school diploma or GED
|Notice:||Submit a notice of intent to the local superintendent by August 1 of each school year * “for the purpose of reporting only”
||For grades K-8: None For grades 9-12: Register with the local school district each year||None|
|Recordkeeping:||Parent must maintain attendance records; must be kept available for inspection and submitted to the local superintendent at the end of the school year||None||None|
|Testing:||Administer a standardized test in grades 5, 7, and 9; must be given by Commissioner of Education, his designee, or a professional testing service approved by the local school district||Church-related schools must administer standardized achievement tests for home school students in grades K-12 if such tests are given in their regular day schools. Administer the same annual standardized achievement test or Sanders Model assessment used by the local school district for grades 9-12||As prescribed by the church-related school program|
|Tennessee Legal Home Schooling Options:|
|Legal Option:||Enroll in the Distance Learning Program of an Accredited Private School.
Parents may enroll their children in an online, Category III non-public school accredited by one of the five regional accrediting associations (e.g. the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) “according to the procedures and criteria established by the association.”
|Attendance:||180 days per year
|Subjects:||As prescribed by the school
|Qualifications:||Determined by the school|
|Testing:||Determined by the school
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© 2010 NOTE: This summary is not intended to be, and does not constitute, the giving of legal advice. Many states have unclear compulsory attendance statutes, and the courts of those states vary in their interpretation of the statutes. Therefore, there is no guarantee any state will accept all of the options for compliance listed under each state. This summary is not intended to be a substitute for individual reliance on privately retained legal counsel such as that provided by Home School Legal Defense Association. Bridgeway’s advisors will talk to you about your homeschool concerns.
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