LOCAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (LEA; YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM)
THIS IS ONE OPTION FOR HOME SCHOOLERS IN TENNESSEE
Homeschooling Through The LEA (Local Education Association)
This is one of the two main options for homeschooling in TN. In this option you register your child with the local school board. You choose your own curriculum, but you must make an annual report to the school board stating that you fulfilled the 180 days/4.5 hours per day law. You must register your child annually by August 20.
Your child does not have to 'attend' school until age 6. The cutoff is Sept 30 for this age. If your child turns 6 between Oct 1 and Dec 31 you may wait until the following year to register.
LEA (Bradley Co, or Cleveland City):
Must inform Education Department by August 20. Call to check summer hours.
Cleveland City: 478-1116
Bradley County: 476-0485
What forms do I need to fill out to do this?
You must fill out the Notice of Intent to Homeschool, and yearly, fill out a Homeschool Student Attendance Form.
When you fill out the form you will NOT have to list the specific curriculum, you merely indicate the subjects that will be taught.
The Attendance form simply asks you to check mark the days on which you taught. You need to teach 180 days of your choosing between July 1 and June 30, 4.5 hours per day.
Am I qualified?
If you have a GED or high school diploma, you are qualified to teach K-12
Does my child have to take TCAP's?
If your child is in the 5th or 7th or 9th grades, he must take the TCAP at the school where he would be enrolled. The school will call you several weeks ahead to time to make sure your child will be there. You are allowed to be with your 5th grader in the class if you think it is necessary. You may have to call the school and ask them to send the results to you. There is no cost.
What about special services?
Homeschoolers are entitled to certain offerings at public schools such as speech therapy, but you should contact the LEA for more information as this is on a district by district basis. They are allowed to participate in Governer's school.
See http://www.state.tn.us/education/homeschool/ for further information.
Pros/Cons of being with an LEA
Pros: Don't need much involvement with/from the LEA, mandatory testing in 5th and 7th grades, schools assist with speech and other therapies.
Cons: Testing, no accountability, no support.