FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The Farm School Satellite Campuses – Umbrella for Homeschoolers

General Questions           Kindergarten – 8th grade          8th grade with HS credit – 12th grade

  • What is an Umbrella School?
    • When homeschooling in TN, you essentially have three choices: 1) register directly with your county or school board 2) register with an umbrella school (Church Related School) 3) register with an online accredited school.
  • Is The Farm School an Umbrella School?
    • Yes, in the state of TN. Below are the legal documents regarding us being recognized by the state as a CRS – Umbrella School.The Farm School is recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Category IV Exempted School (a.k.a. Church-related school) – download the approval document. Our program operates under what is commonly referred to as the Jeter Memo (see the section under “Additional Educational Option”). When you enroll in The Farm School Satellite Campuses Program your home will be designated as a satellite  (classroom or extension) of The Farm School. At least one parent/guardian will be appointed as a faculty member of The Farm School  under the supervision of our administration. Your children will technically not be homeschoolers (as defined by Tennessee law) – they will be students of The Farm School, a non-public church-related school.
  • Why enroll with The Farm School Satellite Campuses?
    • Supporting our Satellite Campuses Program by enrolling with us and/or becoming a Friend of The Farm School supports learners who “are not on target for graduation”,  families that need a refuge for a short period of time, and learners with prior truancy, suspension, expulsion, and misdemeanor issues, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY pregnant learners & learners who are also parents. Pregnant students & students who are also parents are welcome to enroll in our program.  We understand that sometimes families may need a refuge for a few months so we don’t impose qualifiers such as “for families intending to homeschool through graduation.” 
  • Do I log attendence in HSRO for the entire year?
    • No. We (The Farm School) can only confirm days of attendance UNDER our program. So your logged days on HSRO should not begin before your student’s official enrollment date (that means the date BOTH fees and enrollments forms are submitted to us).
  • How many hours are required for instruction per day?
    • Four hours of Instruction* is the state’s minimum to qualify as a day in attendance. (Sorry, but the state does not recognize 8 hours a day as equal to two days of attendance)
      * Instruction has not been defined by the state – therefore as the parent you decided what “counts” from unschooling to tradition teacher lecture with seat work.  
  • How many days are required to attendance each year?
    • 180 days are the minimum requirement by law. If you are having trouble getting them in, you may log Saturdays & Sundays as well as holidays. School year runs from July 1 to June 30.
      • Please note: As a Tennessee non-public school enrollment in our program meets the compulsory attendance laws for the state of Tennessee. We do not assert that enrollment in our program meets the compulsory attendance and/or homeschool requirements in other states. It is the parent / guardian’s responsibility to meet the requirements of the state in which the student resides if they do not reside in Tennessee.
  • Do homeschoolers use excused absences, etc. in HSRO?
    • One way to look at this is to use the state attendance calendar as a guide – all the state wants to know from folks registered as independent homeschoolers (filed an intent to homeschool) is the days of attendance.
      https://www.tn.gov/…/att…/hm_sch_attendance_calendar.pdf
    • HSRO reporting online offers additional data –. “E” for excused absence, an “N” for non-attended days, an “H” for holidays, an “S” for sick days and a “V” for vacation days.
      For our records, I would recommend only logging Sick days IF illness prohibits your child from accruing 180 days of attendance within your planned/ scheduled school year.
      You may utilize E, H, S, V on HSRO if doing so assists you in chronicling your records.
  • If you do year round schooling, how do I get all the days to count?
    • You will need to submit all forms and fees by July 1, which is the first day of the school year. This will enable you to count any July school session you may have.