Tennessee Homeschool State Laws

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Tennessee Homeschool Law/State Code – In Tennessee, parents have the option to educate their children at home, an option known as homeschooling or home education.  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.”

(https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/home-schooling-in-tn.html )

Compulsory Attendance Requirement – The compulsory attendance law requires all children in Tennessee to attend school between six (6) and seventeen (17) years of age, both inclusive.  Children six (6) years of age or under whose parent or guardian have filed a notice of intent to conduct a home school as provided by T.C.A. § 49-6-3001 or who are conducting a home school as provided by T.C.A. § 49-6-3050 are exempted.  (https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/stateboardofeducation/documents/policies/4000/4.100%20School%20Attendance%20Policy%207-27-18.pdf )

Number of Classroom Hours Required – Tennessee requires a minimum of 180 school days

State Mandated Subjects – Tennessee has set state standards and fully-aligned assessments in math, English language arts (ELA), science, and social studies. (https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/documents/TN_ESSA_State_Plan_Approved.pdf _

Assessment RequirementsRequirements vary depending on option chosen

Immunization Requirements– Requirements vary depending on option chosen

Homeschool Options –  (Source:  https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/home-schooling-in-tn.html )

  • Independent Home School – Parents may home school their own children pursuant to Tenness Code Annotated
  • 49-6-3050 by registering with their local school district. Independent home school students must: (1) “provide annual notice to the local director of schools 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 director of schools of the names, number, 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.” 

(2) Maintain attendance records and submit these records to the Director of Schools at the end of each year.

(3) Submit proof of vaccination and receipt of any health services or examinations as required by law. Parent/teacher must hold at least a high school diploma or GED.  Proof of immunization required.  Grades 5, 7, and 9 must take standardized test. 


  • Church-related Umbrella School – Parents may 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 enroll in a church-related school.  The church-related school will determine record keeping and test requirements for students enrolled in an umbrella program.   Proof of immunization required. Must keep teacher qualification, record keeping and assessment requirements established by the Church-related School (CRS).


  • Accredited Online School – Parents may 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.  Must report student attendance information to the director of the public school system where the student resides. For information regarding assessment and immunization requirements, contact the local public school system.  


Parental Responsibilities

Notification Required When Homeschool Established? – Notifications vary depending on option chosen

Record Keeping Requirements? – Record keeping requirements vary depending on option chosen

Teacher Certification Required? – Requirements vary depending on option chosen

If you’re interested in more information about your state’s homeschool laws, contact: www.info@hsf.com and your inquiry will be answered via email within 24 hours. For details about graduation requirements in your area, contact your nearest school district office.

Updated: November 2020

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NOTE:   HomeSchoolFacts intends the above information to be used for research purposes only. None of this information is intended as legal advice by HomeSchoolFacts. 

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the ever-changing landscape of education, we are monitoring potential changes to homeschool requirements and will be updating our state pages within the next few months.  

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