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Home Education in Tennessee

There are three options to home educate your child(ren) under Tennessee law.  To achieve the greatest flexibility and freedom, choose “option three.”  You will be considered a private teacher for a church related school (CRS) and not a "homeschooler."  You are the faculty and establish the curriculum.  Your home is a satellite campus of the CRS.  You do need to follow any requirements of the CRS.

You are free to pick and choose from the many church related schools and associate with the CRS that best fits your needs.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! We list some of the church related schools below, as well as some support groups

We also have a link below to the major home education organization in Tennessee and it's seven chapters, which cover the entire state. You can find more church related schools at their websites.

Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the TnHomeEd.com website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


You may want to start with the main home education organization in your state.

Tennessee Home Education Association

P.O. Box 681652, Franklin, TN 37068

Phone: 888-854-3407

Email:  President@TNHEA.org

Formed in 1984 for the purpose of preserving and defending the rights of parents to direct the education of their children and to provide a statewide network of support, encouragement, and assistance to home schooling families. THEA accomplishes these goals through a unified, organized network of volunteer home schooling parents & others supportive of parental rights.

Here's another organization that you may find useful.


3929 Ivy Drive, Nashville, TN 37216

Contact:  Kay Brooks

Email:  Info@TnHomeEd.com
Support Group

TnHomeEd is a comprehensive and independent clearinghouse and network of homeschooling ( home education) information specifically for Tennesseans, including support groups, elists, and umbrella schools.  The mission of TnHomeEd is to provide homeschooling and education information to all parents regardless of why or how they school, who they are, what they believe or their membership status.  No fees.


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This is a very small sampling of the many church related schools in Tennessee.  For more church related schools, we suggest you go to the website for the chapter of the Tennessee Home Education Association in your region or TnHomeEd.com or contact one of the support groups listed below.

Daniel 1 Academy

Phone:  (931) 432-1496 or Toll Free (877) 797-4860

Email:  jdholman@d1academy.org

Daniel 1 Academy exists to serve home educators as a school with which to register as well as to offer services that will enhance your home schooling experience.  The Independent Program is the traditional do-it-yourself homeschooling.  Parents are responsible for all aspects of their child's education:  registering, choosing and purchasing curriculum, teaching and grading.  They then report the semester grades to Daniel 1 Academy to be placed in the student's permanent file.  Statement of faith not required.  Fees.


Family Christian Academy

Phone:  (615) 847-3999

Email:  fcaregina@aol.com

The friendly staff of FCA is dedicated to helping parents reclaim responsibility for every aspect of their children’s upbringing, including their children’s education. Our program is based on over 20 years of research and experience and promotes creativity for parents as well as a love of learning for children.  Fees.


The Farm School Satellite Campuses Program

Phone:  (931) 964-2325

Email:  peter@thefarmcommunity.com

We are very excited to be able to offer an alternative for homeschool families that, for whatever reason, are not comfortable registering with their Local Educational Agency (LEA) or with a denominational Church Related School (CRS). We believe in responsive education matched to the needs, interests and experiences of individual children. And we believe that the adults best able to negotiate curriculum with children are the adults spending time with those children on a daily basis.  We require no statement of faith and are not interested in mandating curriculum or any other decisions.  Fees.


Franklin Classical School

Phone: (615) 595-5337

Email:  awelch@FranklinClassical.com

The Franklin Classical School Umbrella Program (FCSUP) is designed to assist families in their efforts to home educate their children. We know the decision to home educate your children was not made lightly. It is our desire to assist you in providing an excellent course of academic instruction as you endeavor to nurture and train your children mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Fees.


Heritage Covenant Schools

Phone: (877) 239-2505

Email:  Headmaster@HCSedu.com

Heritage Covenant Schools was the first school in Tennessee established to work primarily with families who wish an alternative education for their children, to develop an alternative which we call "satellite classrooms," and to design reporting procedures which provide a concise and accurate record of educational progress for the student educated outside the traditional classroom which are consistent with public and private school systems.  Fees.


Home Life Academy

Phone:  (901) 380-9220 or Toll Free: (888) 560-0774

Email:  info@homelifeacademy.com

HomeLife Academy is a church-related school which offers parents the freedom to choose their own books and custom design a learner-centered educational plan to meet the interests and needs of each individual student.  From Kindergarten to graduation, HLA provides record keeping, transcript, counseling, resource links, college placement and more, allowing parents to do what they do best, lead their children into a life-long love for learning!  Statement of faith not required.  Fees.


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Birchwood Baptist Homeschool Association

Contact: Steve and Lana Murphy, (423) 961-0092

Email: goodlyheritage@hotmail.com

Christian fellowship, co-op meetings twice monthly including science and lab, drama, sign language, Spanish, music and much more. $10.00 membership fee per family.

Area:  Birchwood

Blessed Sacrament Homeschool 

Contact:  Kim Trouy

Email:  kbtrouy@bellsouth.net

Catholic homeschool support group that has grown from four families in 1982 to over 100 families who are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We are also a member of the Memphis-area Home Education Association (MHEA).

Area:  Memphis-Metro area and other parts of West Tennessee

Center for Homeschool Excellence

Contact:  Angie Lippard, (423) 396-9488

Email:  teacher2mykids@comcast.net

We are an active homeschool group offering field trips, service projects, classes for all grades (including high school), Heart and Soul Mom's Meetings, private, secure website, support, encouragement and more! $40 annual family membership.  Class fees separate.

Area:  Chattanooga, Ooltewah, Collegedale, Harrison, Hixson, Hwy 58, Birchwood, Cleveland

Ebony Homeschoolers 

Contact: Dell

Email: ebonyhomeschoolers@memphishomeschool.org

Ebony Homeschoolers, a Christ-centered homeschool support group, has a special heart for the African-American homeschooler.  Our primary purpose is to serve as a resource for education, information, and encouragement.  $27 annual fee PLUS you must be a current member of MHEA.

Area:  Memphis

Heart & Hearth Home Education Support Group
Email:  admin@tn-heart-and-hearth.com

We are a Christian group offering weekly recreational activities in Tullahoma. We also offer achievement testing in spring, small conferences once or twice a year, high school graduation exercises in June, and publication of a group yearbook. Support activities include seasonal celebrations, field trips, and monthly Moms' Night Out. There are no membership dues, but participation in some of the activities requires a small fee. Rutledge Falls Homeschool Fellowship is an all-ages co-op meeting on Tuesdays between Manchester and Tullahoma - $20 per family, per semester.

Area:  Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Marion, Moore, Rutherford, and Warren Counties in southern middle Tennessee.

Home Educators Supporting Choices, Opportunities, and Options in Learning (HomESCool) 

Contact:  Teri Hill, (931) 380-0428

Email:  homes_cool_group@yahoo.com

Active group of homeschool families with lots of activities for kids of all ages, and support and help for parents.  We plan job shadowing, internships, teen-only events. This is a non-denominational group.  $15 annual membership fee covers monthly newsletter and calendar of events.

Area:  Maury and Marshall County areas in Middle Tennessee

Homeschool Passport

Email:  HomeschoolPassport-owner@yahoogroups.com

This site is coordinated by a family who believes extensive travel leads to some of life's more enriching experiences. We have been traveling for years across the country, and are finally branching out to include others in some of our activities. Living and learning, making new friends, and saving money on great opportunities!

Area:  Knoxville, Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Chattanooga, the Upper Cumberlands, Athens, Sweetwater, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Tennessee; Northern Georgia


Homeschool Teens of Middle Tennessee 

Email:  homeschoolteensofmiddletennessee-owner@yahoogroups.com

Support of other homeschoolers with teens.  Social gathering, academic opportunities, service project opportunities, field trips geared towards young adults.  Anyone is welcome with a teen 12 yrs and up!

Area:  Williamson County and Middle Tennessee

Homeschooling on the Tennesee River 

Email:  HomeTenRiver-owner@yahoogroups.com

We are looking for other homeschoolers who share our educational quest of making life a better place for our children. This is a meeting ground where we can bounce ideas, ask questions and get general on-line homeschool support. We welcome one and all. Please respect everyone on the loop!

Area:  Tennessee River/Kentucky Lake in rural Middle Tennessee

Nashville Homeschooling Onlies 

Email:  NHSO-owner@yahoogroups.com

This is a group where Nashville homeschool parents and their only children can meet together, form friendships, swap childcare, plan educational activities together and offer each other support. All Nashville homeschoolers are welcome, new, old, school-at-homers, unschoolers. If you have a need to connect your child with other homeschoolers, then you have a place here.

Area:  Nashville


Email:  Kidsclub2-owner@yahoogroups.com

Anyone homeschooling is welcome to join this large online group comprised of home schoolers in this area. This is a very active list with lots of information on home school activities, area events, co-operative education opportunities, social get-togethers, field trips, and sharing of educational ideas.

Area:  Knoxville, Oak Ridge, East Tennessee

Tennessee Homeschoolers

Email: tennhomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com

Tennhomeschoolers was the first (Feb 1998) inclusive list for homeschoolers in Tennessee. We have many veteran homeschoolers who can help you find your own way along this most excellent adventure. Everyone has something to share -- you don't have to be a veteran to support your fellow homeschoolers. The diversity of this list keeps it interesting -- treating each other with respect keeps the list enjoyable.
Area:  Tennessee and border states


Tipton Homeschoolers Encouraging One-Another by Reaching and Teaching (HEART) 

Email:  info@tiptonheart.org

We are a non-denominational, inclusive homeschool support group. Membership is open to anyone who is currently homeschooling or plans to homeschool in the near future. We have monthly moms' dinners, weekly play days, occasional field trips and yearly planned events and activities. There is a small membership fee which helps to cover the costs of our activities.  $10 annual dues.

Area:  Tipton County and surrounding area

Tri-Cities Christian Homeschool List 

Email:  TChomeschool-owner@yahoogroups.com

This is an e-mail network for all local Christian home schoolers in the Tri-Cities where the experienced home educators encourage the new ones and the new ones offer fresh ideas! We also share calendar, newsletter, and legislative updates; home schooling articles; prayer requests; home schooling or household items for sale.

Area:  Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol


Email:  WCHEconnect-owner@yahoogroups.com

Great way to stay posted on what is going on in the area and get support from other homeschooling families. Due to obvious privacy needs, this group is restricted but if you homeschool in the area, we welcome you to join.

Area:  Wilson County

WCTNHS - Williamson County TN Home Schoolers 

Email:  wctnhs-owner@yahoogroups.com

This is a Christian Group, but all homeschoolers are welcome. This group is dedicated to bringing together all home schoolers and home school support groups.  Please use this email group to pass along any home schooling related news, activities, field trips, or anything beneficial to home schoolers.

Area:  Williamson County  and surrounding areas; including Franklin, Columbia, Spring Hill, Thompson Station, Brentwood


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Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association

P.O. Box 23374, Chattanooga, TN 37422

Phone: (423) 870-2881

Email: csthea@csthea.org

$28 annual fees, include newsletter and THEA membership.


Memphis Home Education Association

P.O. Box 171134, Memphis, TN 38187-1134

Phone: (901) 362-2620

Email: mhea@memphishomeschool.org

$33 annual fees, include print newsletter and THEA membership [$27 for online newsletter].


Middle Tennessee Home Education Association

P.O. Box 147, Old Hickory, TN 37138

Phone: (615) 477-6917

Email: office@mthea.org

$35 annual fees, include newsletter and THEA membership.  Scholarship.


Mideast Tennessee Home Education Association

261 County Road #757, Riceville, TN 37370

Phone:  (423) 746-1798

Email:  w.beghtel@worldnet.att.net

Annual fees.


Northeast Tennessee Home Education Association

277 Bob Ford Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Phone: (423) 676-9775 or (423) 753-5464

Email:  coordinator@nethea.org

$20 annual fees, include online newsletter and THEA membership.


Smoky Mountain Tennessee Home Education Association

925 View Harbour Road, Knoxville, TN 37934

Phone: (865) 671-3059

Email: president@smhea.org

$35 annual fees, include newsletter and THEA membership [$25 for ne newsletter].


West Tennessee Home Education Association

P.O. Box 10013, Jackson, TN 38308

Phone: (731) 723-3945

Email: info@wthea.org

$25 annual fees, include newsletter and THEA membership.


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