Tennessee Homeschool State Laws

homeschooling in TN

LEGAL SUMMARY

Homeschool Law – 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.”

 

Number of Classroom Hours Required – At least four hours per school day for 180 days each academic year.

 

Parental Responsibilities – Home School parent/teachers must hold at least a high school diploma or GED.  A Notice of Intent (NOI) to Home School should be completed only by parent(s) conducting a home school under the supervision of the superintendent of a local education agency (LEA). Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-3050, a parent-teacher conducting a home school shall maintain attendance records for the student. 2. Attendance records for a home-school student shall be submitted to the director of schools for the LEA in which the home-school student resides at the end of each school year. In grades 5, 7, and 9, each home-schooled child must take a standardized test administered by the Commissioner of Education, by someone designated by the commissioner, or by a professional testing service approved by the LEA.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

NOTE:  The following suggestions meet or exceed graduation requirements for Tennessee. 

SUBJECT AREA

# OF CREDITS

Mathematics

4

English

4

Science

3

Social Science

3

Physical Science

1.5

Personal Finance

.5

Foreign Language

2

Fine Arts

1

Elective Focus

3

TOTAL:

22

Updated January 2020

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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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