The Home School Division


Requirements for Graduation



Although the Scriptures plainly teach that parents are responsible for the education of their children, there is much we can do to strengthen your hands. We are eager to stand beside Christian parents who choose to educate at home, assisting them in the privileged work of reproducing the mind of Christ in the lives of their children.

The administration of the Academy oversees the operation of the Home School Division. The Supervisor of the Home School Division reports to and communicates with the Academy administration. Parents having questions should take those matters directly to the coordinator.

Requirements for admission

  1. Families must be faithful, active members of a local Bible-believing church.
  2. Students must be a member of their home site family.
  3. Students must be in K - 12th grade. Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 30 of the current year.
  4. The parent-teacher must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Requirements of individual home schools

Parent-teacher in-service - The parent-teacher of each home school site must complete six (6) hours of in-service training each school year. This includes applicable books, videos, and church-sponsored programs.  An in-service documentation form will be provided and must be submitted to the home school coordinator by June 15 of the current school year.

Grade and attendance reports - Grade and attendance reports must be submitted to the home school coordinator on or before January 15 for the first semester and on or before June 15 for the year.  Forms will be provided online and in the Academy office.  Compulsory attendance laws in the state of Tennessee require that children ages six through seventeen meet minimum class attendance requirements of 180 days, 4 hours per day, for the school year.

The parent-teacher must keep a notebook/folder for each student containing all graded work (assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.).

Forms and reports - Student activity reports reflecting church attendance must be submitted to the home school coordinator on or before January 15 for the first semester and on or before June 15 for the second semester.

All required health forms, Individual Education Plans (grades 9-12 only), and curriculum forms must be completed and on file with the home school coordinator by September 1 of the current school year.

Handbook - Home school students are expected to follow all guidelines and rules that would apply from the Temple Baptist Academy Student Handbook. The public appearance and conduct of all students must be Christ-honoring and consistent with what is expected of all students enrolled in the Academy.

Attendance at special meetings - Home school parents and students are required to attend the following special meetings of the Temple Baptist Church:

Academy Parent/Student Orientation

Faithful Men's Meeting*

Baptist Friends Meeting*

Academy Graduation

* Attendance at Tuesday night service

Academic Evaluation - All students in grades 1 - 10 will be administered the Stanford Achievement Test each year.  Kindergarten testing is optional.  In addition to the Stanford Achievement Test, 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT and all senior high students must take the ACT before receiving a diploma. Student test results will be provided to the parent-teacher.

Elementary students will be promoted upon satisfactory completion of their core curriculum.  Students in kindergarten through sixth grade may not earn credit for more than one grade level per year and all grade levels must be completed in succession.

• Prior to the beginning of each school year, students in grades 9 – 12 will meet with the home school coordinator to develop or update the student’s IEP. This will insure that all academic requirements for graduation are being met and that the student is on schedule for graduation at the appropriate time. A student must carry a minimum of four (4) full credits each year and may earn a maximum of eight (8) credits in a given year. Any student who plans to complete all graduation requirements in less than four years must give written notification and submit an approved IEP no later than the beginning of the sophomore year. A high school diploma will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of 22 units of study, fulfillment of all financial obligations, and the submission of official ACT results. (Students entering the ninth grade in 2009-10 will be required to complete 26 units of study.)

Semester grades and standardized test results will be considered an adequate measure of a student's capability and progress.  Assistance outside the primary classroom is available for students whose grades and test results do not indicate an acceptable level of achievement or progress.

Applicable Fees

All fees are non-refundable. Registration and testing fees are due in full at the time of registration.

Registration Fee (additional $25 per family after August 1)

K - 8th grade   $60 per student (includes $25 processing fee)
9th - 12th grade $120 per student (includes $25 processing fee)

Testing Fee            $50 per student

Includes the administration of the Stanford Achievement Test each year and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test at specified grade levels.  The PSAT/NMSQT (11th grade) and the ACT (11th and 12th grade) require additional fees.

Activity Fee           $100 per student (optional)

Includes participation in the elementary intramural athletic program, junior high interscholastic athletics, choir and band programs (4th – 12th grade), fine arts competition (4th – 12th grade), and supplementary accident insurance coverage*.

Graduation Fees 

Kindergarten $50 per student
High School Seniors $100 per student

* Accident insurance covering students while participating in an Academy-sponsored activity is provided by the Academy and is supplementary to personal medical insurance.