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Greene County Schools Home School Information

In Tennessee, parents have the option to educate their children at home, an option known as homeschooling or home education. The Greene County Schools Homeschool Office is the point of contact for homeschooling questions.

Parents in Tennessee may choose to home school their own children in grades K – 12. The Tennessee 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 desiring to home school their own children may do so by choosing one of the following three options.

 

1. Independent Home School

Parents may home school their own children pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-6-3050 by registering with their local school district. The law states that parents of independent home school students must:

  • Provide annual notice to the local school system prior to each school year of the parent-teacher’s intent to conduct a home school and, for the purpose of reporting only, submission to the school system of the names, ages and grade levels of the children to be home schooled, the location of the school, the proposed curriculum to be offered, the proposed hours of instruction and the qualifications of the parent-teacher;
  • Maintain attendance records and submit these records to the GCS Homeschool Department at the end of each school year; and
  • Submit proof of vaccination and receipt of any health services or examinations as required by law.
  • You may find Academic State Standards here: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/education/instruction/academic-standards.html
  • Graduation Requirements: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/education/instruction/graduation-requirements.html
 

Parents in Greene County choosing this educational option should begin by contacting the homeschool coordinator. The parent will be required to 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.

 

For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/home-schooling-in-tn.html.

 

Can home school athletes play sports in TN public schools?

Yes, the parent or guardian must make application for participation in athletics to the principal of the member school in which the home school athlete wishes to try out and possibly participate before the first official practice date for that sport. You will provide the principal with proof of homeschooling.

Please read the TSSAA Homeschool Rules.

 

2. Church-related Umbrella School

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. An Intent to Home School form is not required for students who enrolled in a church-related school. The church-related school will determine record keeping and test requirements for students enrolled in an umbrella program.

For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/home-schooling-in-tn.html.

 

3. Accredited Online School

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.

To be an acceptable online school for students who reside in Tennessee, the school must be accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies listed below:

1) Cognia (Formally AdvancED)
• NWAC - Northwest Accreditation Commission
2) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
• MSCES – Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools
• MSCSS – Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
3) New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
4) Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
5) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and affiliates (e.g., SAIS)
6) National Council of Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/non-public-schools.html .

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT HOME SCHOOLING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Requirement Grades K-8 Grades 9-12
Parent's Education High School Diploma or GED High School Diploma or GED
Registration With local school system prior to each school year With local school system prior to each school year
Attendance 4 hours per day, 180 days per year 4 hours per day, 180 days per year
Record Keeping and  Reporting Attendance Record sent to Director of Schools at the end of the school year Attendance Record sent to Director of Schools at the end of the school year
Testing In grades 5 and 7, same state board approved secure standardized tests required of public school students In grade 9 same state board approved secure standardized tests required of public school students but NOT the high school proficiency test
Location and Cost of  Testing In the local public school which the student would otherwise attend at no charge OR by a professional testing service at parent's expense In the local public school which the student would otherwise attend at no charge OR by a professional testing service at parent's expense
Test Sanctions 1 year or more below grade level for 2 years in a row, superintendent MAY require parents to enroll child in public or private school (unless child is learning disabled) 1 year or more below grade level for 2 years in a row, superintendent MAY require parents to enroll child in public or private school (unless child is learning disabled)
Enter or Re-Enter Public or Approved Private School Must be tested for grade placement Must be tested in each subject for credit toward graduation
High School Diploma or Certificate of   Attendance None provided - Parent creates None provided - Parent creates      

Process for Independent Home School Enrollment

 

STEP 1: Intent to Home School Form:

Print, complete and submit an Intent to Home School Form annually. 

 

STEP 2: Proof of Education

Submit Proof of Education for the parent or legal guardian (at least a high school diploma or GED). Proof of education can be a copy of the parent or legal guardian's high school diploma/GED or a copy of the parent or legal guardian's college diploma or transcripts. Proof of education is only required for initial enrollment in the program.
 

STEP 3: Immunization Record

Submit a copy of the child's immunization record.  A copy of your child's immunization record is only required for initial enrollment in the home school program

 

Step 4: Submit All Required Forms 

For new students, all required paperwork (Intent to Home School Form, proof of education, and a copy of your child's Immunization Record) must be submitted at the same time.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  All documentation must be submitted to [email protected] or submitted in person at 932 West Summer Street Greeneville, TN 37743.

 

STEP 5: Attendance Calendar

Download the Attendance Calendar (The Attendance Calendar can be located on the Greene County Schools Homeschool page. You must document daily attendance by placing a "x" in the box for each day you provided four hours of instruction.  Submit the completed calendar to Greene County Schools after completion of 180 instructional days. Attendance Calendars are due at the end of each school year by last official school day-please see school calendar (usually around May 25).  We recommend submitting your Attendance Calendar at the same time you submit your Intent to Home School Form if you plan to home school the following year. 

After 180 Days of Instruction, Attendance Calendars must be submitted to [email protected] or in person. If you plan to home school the next year, please submit a new Intent to Home School Form with your Attendance Calendar at the end of the school year.  

 

RETURNING STUDENTS:

All independent homeschool students are required to register with Greene County Schools home school office at the beginning of EACH school year.