FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
To register with Aaron Academy there is a one-time annual enrollment 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).
Aaron Academy is open 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.
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.
How do I organize my day?
We recommend a journal or planner to organize your school days. These are very effective in helping you set up a week's schedule at a time, allowing you to plan your student's work.
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.
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 Achievement Testing?
Achievement tests are required for high school graduation. See our testing section for more information.
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.
All students who meet graduation requirements will receive a High School Diploma. A Cap and Gown graduation ceremony is held at the end of the school year for those students who wish to participate.
Do home schoolers 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 home school diplomas.
Can they join the Armed Forces?
Yes they can. Some recruiting officers have expressed their high regard for home schooled students.
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.
Is the school accredited?
Aaron Academy is a member of the Tennessee Alliance of Church Related Schools, and a Category IV (private, parochial) school in Tennessee. Our graduates receive a High School Diploma and many continue their secondary education at colleges and universities.
We are NOT a public school or accredited by Tennessee's State Department of Education, but on June 1, 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen approved legislation requiring all state and local government entities to recognize high school diplomas awarded by home schools and church-related schools in Tennessee Senate Bill 433.
I'm still lost and confused!
Send us a note or call us. We are here to help you. Home schooling works, and any parent that is willing to make the commitment will be rewarded far more than he or she can imagine.
What are Aaron Academy’s office hours?
Our school is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (central standard time).
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