Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is home education legal? 10. How do I turn in grades?
2. Do I need a teacher's certificate? 11. K-8th Achievement Testing?
3. How much does it cost? 12. High School Testing?
4. Where do I buy curriculum? 13. What about the Honor Program?
5. When do I enroll? 14. What about Graduation?
6. What about re-enrollments? 15. What about College?
7. What about transfers? 16. How do I get started?
8. How many hours do I teach? 17. What are our office hours?
9. Who grades my students?    

Frequently Asked Questions: Text Format

Is home schooling legal?
Yes, home educating your children is legal. States recognize home education and define it in their educational laws and codes. Aaron Academy is a private, church-related school under the educational statutes of the State of Tennessee.

Students outside the state of Tennessee can enroll with Aaron Academy. We recommend that you find out what home school laws are in effect in your own area first. One good place to check is the HSLDA web site (the Home School Legal Defense Association in Washington DC).

Do I need a teacher's certificate?
Not in Tennessee. The law requires parents who are registered with a home school organization for students in grades 9-12 to have earned at least a high school diploma or a GED certificate. The Home School Legal Defense Association posts requirements for other States.

How much does it cost?
To register with Aaron Academy there is a one-time annual enrollment fee. Achievement testing is also available in Middle Tennessee for a separate fee. Curriculum costs vary depending on the amount and type of subjects the student will be taking. It’s the parent’s responsibility to purchase the curriculum materials the student requires.

Where do I buy curriculum?
Aaron Academy can help you find the curriculum you need, or you may choose from the many home school catalogs or local home school bookstores available (parents are not required to purchase the curriculum from us).

When do I enroll?
Aaron Academy is opened year round for enrollment. Our school year starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year. Most students enroll in July or August, allowing for plenty of time to complete the minimum requirement of 180 days of school for the year.

Enrolling as early as possible ensures that your student's records will be transferred in a timely manner, allows you to find the curriculum your student will be needing, and helps you prepare for the upcoming school year.

We encourage parents to register before they start their first day of home schooling to be able to receive credit for those days.

What about re-enrollments?
Most parents re-enroll early so their students can do school work during the summer months and/or get credit for summer field trips. We recommend that you enroll your children no later than September 1st to allow you enough time to meet the minimum attendance requirements for the year (180 days). The Home School Legal Defense Association highly recommends that you enroll no later than when public schools start in your area.

What about transfers?
Your student can transfer to Aaron Academy even after the school year has started, just submit the necessary enrollment forms.

How many hours do I teach?
A minimum of four hours a day, for one hundred and eighty calendar days a year, is required. We suggest you schedule your student’s day along traditional school days and hours.

Who grades my students?
The parent is responsible for grading the student's work. A record of these averages needs to be kept to develop final grades in each subject at the end of the semester.

How do I turn in grades?
Records are turned in to the school through semi-annual Semester Reports, containing grades and days of attendance. These are provided in the registration package, or are available online, and are due after each semester.

What about K-8th Achievement Testing?
We offer achievement tests in Middle Tennessee during the second semester. These tests are an excellent tool for the parents to assess their students' strengths and weaknesses, and helps in planning ahead the students' needs.

What about High School Testing?
In order for senior students to be eligible for graduation, one of the following requirements must be met: two Stanford achivement tests (minimum stanine score of 4), one ACT test (minimum score of 16), or one Stanford and one ACT test. Note: the ACT test is administered by

What about an honor program?
Our Honor Program is available for students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, with a GPA of 3.70 or above, and a minimum of a 25 on an ACT or equivalent test, plus additional requirements. Information packets for our honor program are usually available in July.

What about graduation?
All students who meet graduation requirements will receive a High School Diploma. Cap and Gown graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the school year for those students who wish to participate.

Do homeschoolers attend college?
Yes, most colleges and universities will accept students nationwide by using the student’s ACT scores. Many home schooled students receive scholarships. Please know that some out-of-state colleges reserve the right not to accept homeschool diplomas.

In addition, Armed Forces recruiting officers visit home school institutions throughout, and mention their high regard for these students.

How do I get started?
You start the enrollment process by using the registration forms included in our enrollment package, or our online admissions section.

We will send a transfer request for student records to your previous school (where applicable). Return books or materials that belong to the school you are transferring from when giving notice of withdrawal. You can start home schooling once the enrollment process begins.

What are Aaron Academy’s office hours?

Our school is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (central standard time). You can find our contact information... here.

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