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Tennessee Homeschooling

Welcome to homeschooling in Tennessee!

Tennessee has three ways you can homeschool. You have the option of being (1) an independent homeschooler (registered with the state), or (2) registered with a Church-Related School or (3) registered as a satellite school of a Church-Related School (The Jeter Memo.) As a result, the number of days and hours to be taught would depend on where you are registered (State=4 hours*180 days). Kay Brooks, TnHomeEd, is one of several good contacts about homeschooling in Tennessee. Others are in the links below. [Note: Kay has taken down the TnHomeEd site. Contact Ann Zeise, the webmaster, about general homeschooling concerns through the “Contact” link at the bottom of this page.]

Associations in the state of Tennessee, TN

Tennessee Home Education Association
3677 Richbriar Court, Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: (615) 834-3529; email [email protected] . (An HSLDA affiliate.)


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Homeschooling through the LEA Deadline
August 1. Register to homeschool independently. After this date, you may be subject to a fine.

SMEA Event Calendar
Reminders and upcoming events.

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Tennessee Homeschool Field Trips
Check out our list of fun and educational field trip ideas or family activities in Tennessee. Boost your student’s retention with experiential and hands-on learning!

Legal Information

Tennessee Education Code For Homeschooling
Updated to reflect legislation that went into effect July 1, 2011. Not intended as legal advice. Laws for your information only.

Tennessee Church-Related Schools for Homeschooling
On Church-Related Schools (Satellite) and Home Schools in Tennessee. Just how involved you are with your child’s education determines whether of not you fall under homeschooling laws or not.

Category III schooling
This option allows parents to enroll their child in a State of Tennessee School Board designated Category III school and comply with the compulsory attendance laws. Category III students are not legally homeschooling but privately schooling their children.

2010 Legislation
This section of TnHomeEd will list bills currently pending in the State legislature which may directly impact homeschoolers. The actual legislation text, when and where hearings and votes are scheduled, opinions on the legislation, contact information as well as other supporting documents will all be found here.

Home Schooling in Tennessee
Basic information from the Department of Education. There are two sets of home school procedures for the school year: Independent Home Schools and Church-Related Home Schools. Contact: James Abernathy (615) 532- 4703, e-mail: [email protected]

Senate Vote SB0433 2009 05 04

Jeter Memorandum
Text of Commissioner Jane Walters’ memo accompanying the Jeter Memo: RE: Current Status of the Law on Church-Related Schools (Satellite) and Home Schools in Tennessee.

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