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Complete Homeschool ProgramBelow 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:
Option: 4
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
Notice: None
Recordkeeping: None
Testing: Determined by the school

Additional Homeschool Information Provided by Home School Legal Defense Association.

© 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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