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    I am attempting to pull my son from metro Nashville Tennessee public school (6th grade) and enroll him in a non religious online homeschool. I am having extreme difficulty finding assistance online and in person at the board of education office regarding what schools meets Tennessee state requirements. What schools do you recommend?

    Thank you.

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    Not knowing what youre trying to enroll your son in, its hard to offer help.

    However, 1) Here is the State of Tennessee homeschool page:

    2) Online school for a 5th grader!?! Theyre generally not very good anyways - all the hassles, schedules, and bureaucracy of public schools, none of the individualization of homeschooling. Just my opinion, I understand how they would give a sense of security and getting it all done, but still think theyre a really bad idea.

    3) Search "tennessee secular umbrella church school" - it will help get you on your way to finding a good match. This topic has come up here before, as well.
    I know this topic has come up before with needing a secular umbrella - but Im not finding it in the archives.

    Good luck, and feel free to ask questions, vent, and worry here!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Hi there!

    You may find it difficult to find recommendations for online schools within a homeschool community because many homeschoolers do not see enrolling in online schools as homeschooling. It is considered a form of public school distance learning in many homeschooling circles.

    It doesn't surprise me that the board of education wasn't much help, it's kind of like asking someone who works at Walmart where you can go online to get a better quality item than the item they sell in their store. Every once in a while you find a school system employee who is genuinely interested in helping children find the best possible fit for their educational needs but it's usually the exception, not the norm.

    That said, it looks like K12 is an accredited school according to the list of acceptable accrediting agencies on the page Alexsmom linked. It's fairly well known and I have known people who used it in the past however, they ended up dropping it in favor of using a more flexible homeschooling curriculum because of the hassles and lack of individualization that Alexsmom mentioned.

    I had to homeschool under a church umbrella school in another (Southern US) state because it was the only group available to me locally at the time. It wasn't too bad. I couldn't hold a board position because I wasn't Christian but I didn't want to be a board member so that suited me just fine lol. Basically, the only thing the church umbrella school did was reassure the state that their members were legally homeschooling. They were liaisons between us and the board of education in that state. They made sure that local schools didn't harass homeschoolers or ask them to present evidence of homeschooling that wasn't legal. It didn't matter that we weren't Christian, many members were not Christian, unless like I said you wanted to be on the board for the umbrella school.

    I don't think you would be the first person wanting to homeschool non-religiously to approach them about membership to cover your bases legally. Especially in a metro area, even in the South, there are bound to be other homeschoolers who are not religious but need the support and/or need to cover their bases legally.

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    I just got this in my e-mail yesterday

    Homeschooling In Tennessee | Discovery K12

    Homeschool Laws | Discovery K12

    I dont know how thorough it is, as always, do your own research, dig a little, find a homeschool group in your area that might be able to explain it a bit better or give you info that might not be listed.
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