Parents in Tennessee may choose to home school their own children in grades K - 12. The TN Home School law (Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-6-3050) states: "A home school is a school conducted or directed by a parent or parents or a legal guardian or guardians for their own children." Parents may home school by choosing one of three options: 1. Independent Home School 2. Church-related Umbrella School 3. Accredited Online School For more information, see "Eligibility Requirements" below.
Parents desiring to home school their own children may do so by choosing one of the following three options. 1. Parents may home school their own children pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-6-3050 by registering with their local school district. Parents choosing this educational option must complete an Intent to Home School form and provide evidence of a high school diploma or GED. Student attendance (at least 4 hours per day, 180 days per year) must be reported to the local school district at the end of the school year. Testing of independent home school students is required in grades 5, 7, and 9 and coordinated through the local school district. 2. By authority of the same statute, parents may also home school their own children by registering with a church-related "umbrella" school defined by Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-50-801. Parents who choose this option will be required to provide evidence to the local school district that their child is enrolled in a church-related school. The church-related school will determine record keeping and test requirements for students enrolled in an umbrella program. 3. Parents may also enroll their child in an accredited online school. Parents choosing this educational option must be sure to determine that the school has legitimate accreditation status and will be required to provide evidence to the local school district that their child is enrolled in an accredited online school.
How to get started
Use one of these methods to contact this service:
- To register as independent, contact your local school district.
- Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.