In Tennessee, families have several educational opportunities for their children in grades K-12, including home schooling or home education. Tennessee state law (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3050(a)(1)) identifies a home school as a “school conducted or directed by a parent or parents or a legal guardian or guardians for their own children.”

The law identifies two ways parents or legal guardians may choose to home school their children: independent home school or enrollment in an approved church-related non-public school as defined by Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-50-801.

Sometimes parents or legal guardians can choose a third option for managing their child’s education from home by enrolling their child in an approved accredited online school. This option does not meet the definition of a home school as defined in Tennessee state law; however, it provides an alternative to a traditional brick-and-mortar school by allowing the student to attend their online school from home.

More information on home schooling in Tennessee can be found on the TN Department of Education website.

For more information, contact:

Karen Cupples

212 N. Hicks Street
Clinton, TN 37716

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