There are three types of schools or three choices for parents wishing to educate their children at home.
& Category III (
Tennessee Law references related
to Independent Home Schools, Category IV (Satellite or
IV (Satellite or
· Proof of enrollment of name, age and address only
· No parental educational requirement
· No testing requirements
· No Intent to Home School Form requirement. (only student’s name, age and address are required)
Meet minimum truancy requirements as reported by
· Diploma recognition is determined by the accepting entity. (Diplomas are not state diplomas)
Principals are responsible for notifying the
Director (Attendance Supervisor) of registered students. (Parents are allowed to provide documentation
of enrollment in
NOTE: If a public school receives a request for records or documentation of a church related school registration, a copy of that documentation should be sent to the Home School Coordinator because each district must file a state report of all home school and non-public students. This documentation will serve as proof of paid enrollment and should be submitted upon enrollment and annually thereafter.
“… The Department [of Education] has no oversight over Cat. IV Schools and therefore, no authority to approve or speak to the validity of their diplomas. It is up to each individual agency, public or private, to determine the validity of Cat. IV diplomas by interpreting their own statutes and administrative code.” (Commissioner of Education, Tim Webb, May 2008)
Category III (On-line Schools accredited by a regional accrediting agency and CITA)
· Are described in SBE Minimum Rules & Regulations 0520-2-7
· No Intent to Home School Form requirement.
· No parent education requirement
· No testing requirements
Transcripts and Diplomas are accepted in
· Must be accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or one of the other five (5) regional accrediting agencies listed (please see the following list) and CITA (Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation)
o North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA)
o Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
o Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
o Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)
Be aware that there are schools on-line as well as GED programs that are not accredited.
These are a waste of your time and money. Please be careful when choosing your on-line school.
It is the responsibility of these schools to notify the school system annually and when they enroll a student from our school district. Parents enrolling a child in one of these schools should take the initiative to request that this is done.
A few Category III schools have been identified, but the following list is only partial and it changes frequently. The list below was compiled by the TN State Department of Education in May of 2010.
Ablaze Academy Kaplan
Ashworth College/University High School National Connections
CompuHigh/Whitmore Oak Meadow
Note: To prevent a lapse in the student’s education
it would be best if the parent has a new school in mind prior to the student’s
withdrawal from public school.
Category III schools that loose their accreditation are no longer Category III schools and no longer legal.
Information for Public Schools
Elementary Recommendation – test the student on reading and math (suggestion). Use principal discretion for placement. Place testing documentation in the student’s cumulative record.
Middle School Recommendation - test the student on reading/language arts and math (suggestion). At this level, also use principal’s discretion for placement. Place testing documentation in the student’s cumulative record.
High School Recommendation – test the student over each subject they have covered while in the home school program. Use a test for the terminal class covered.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Collect and maintain a file of students for whom you have an Intent to Home School form.
· Document that home schooling parents have met the educational requirements of TCA 49-6-3050. This should be kept with the Intent to Home School form.
Collect and maintain a file of reports from
non-public schools who have notified the Director of Schools of children in the
district who are served by them. A report
should be received from each non-public school that serves students from the
· File a copy of the monthly reporting forms with the state office of non-public and home schools. These forms should be saved on computer, updated as needed and faxed, emailed, or mailed to the state by 15th of each school year month.
· Investigate complaints by individuals and agencies regarding alleged Home Education students.
Notify parents of
Notify parents of
· Examine test results and determine a plan of action for students who do not meet required standards.
· Provide annually to home schools with which we have contact, information regarding meningococcal disease and the effectiveness of vaccination against the disease at the beginning of every school year. The requirements for this notification can be found on this website or more information is available at www.state.tn.us/education/schoolhealth
For further information regarding home education you may visit the state website at: www.tennessee.gov/education/homeschool/
Ronny Shirey, School Attendance, Safety & Home Education
Dr. Connie Mayo
State Homeschool and Non-public school Coordinator
TN Department of Education