We strive to serve our members to the best of our ability.
Please take the time to read through our Guidelines and Policies before registering, so that you can be sure AliYah Academy is a good fit for your family.
**updated May 2019 (always refresh this page to make sure you have the most up to date version)**
Guidelines and Policy
The Goal of a Scripture Based Education is to assist children in acquiring wisdom and godly character. Specifically parents, teachers, and administrators should endeavor to see that all children "increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with Elohim/God and man." (Luke 2:52)
AliYah Academy is a Category IV Church-Related School. We are registered with the Tennessee Department of Education and members of the Tennessee Alliance of Church Related Schools, Home School Legal Defense Association, and the Smokey Mountain Home Educators Association. Registering with AliYah Academy will fulfill your legal requirement to register in the state of Tennessee. We will take care of notifying your county and you will not be required to take state testing.
“…parents may home school their own children by registering with a church-related "umbrella" school defined by Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-50-801…. an Intent to Home School form is not required for students who enrolled in a church-related school. The church-related school will determine record keeping and test requirements for students enrolled in an umbrella program.”
We do provide service for families in other states and residents living outside of the country. Homeschool laws differ from state to state; it is your responsibility to make sure you are fulfilling the laws for your state. We are happy to help you find and understand the laws for your state.
Qualifications of Teachers
Teachers should be of good moral character, and should be able to demonstrate both a general competence in the subjects that they teach and an attitude of patience and compassion towards their students. Parents who choose to take direct responsibility for any part of their children's education are presumed to be competent and aware of their own gifts and limitations. Educational diplomas and/or professional certification by itself do neither qualify nor disqualify any individual or teacher. Parents are also encouraged to seek assistance and guidance from our advisors, special needs consultant or administrators whenever they feel necessary. A parent or guardian is required to be responsible for a student’s schooling and grades; therefore, we do not accept memberships from students even if said student is 18 years of age. Your student may be an independent learner however if you are choosing to homeschool you as the parent are responsible for overseeing your child’s education. A child cannot homeschool them self, you need to provide guidance and instruction.
Academic Curriculum and Evaluation
AliYah Academy does not provide or dictate curriculum choices; you are responsible for picking and overseeing your child’s curriculum. We are here to counsel and advise you on your selection. Please check our website for recommended resources and we are always here to answer questions.
In cases where students are not making adequate academic progress we recommend seeking wise counsel. We are here to help you; our staff has a variety of experience in homeschooling. We also have a Special Needs Consultant available to you. We can provide you with various alternative modes that may help your child be more successful with his/her education. Ultimately, the overall well-being of your child is what should be considered most important and the decisions will be up to you, as the parent, you are responsible for raising your child up in the Way.
If for any reason we deem it necessary, we reserve the right to review students progress or work.
We encourage you to take advantage of outside co-ops, classes, support groups and/or tutoring whenever it contributes to the positive over all well-being and education of your child. You, the parent or guardian are responsible for choices in your child’s education and reporting those grades to us.
AliYah Academy will keep permanent records on each student enrolled, in order to document their educational accomplishments and to facilitate your student's pursuit of other future educational opportunities. AliYah Academy requires that you send each student’s courses at the start of the school year and grades twice per year; Mid-year by Jan. 1st and End of the year by June 1st (Seniors submit by May 1st). You may also school year round, but must still enter grades where ever you are in your studies, at these times.
By statute, Tennessee requires that "Church-related schools shall be conducted for the same length of term as public schools." TCA 49-50-801 (C). It is required that you “school” at least 180 days, 4 hours a day on average, this is the guideline for your students. We understand as a homeschooler your school may be hands-on and not always at a desk or in a book, much can be done alongside you during the day. It would be very hard for a homeschooler to not get the required attendance. The number of hours per day may vary depending on the academic program and the varying needs of your student. Keep track of attendance in a planner, on a calendar, or even in the student’s books and report that to us only twice a year with your grades.
As a homeschooling parent you know your child’s interests, strengths and goals for their future. As you are helping them plan their courses for High School we encourage you to choose courses that align with these future goals. AliYah Academy requires a minimum of 22 credits to graduate while fulfilling certain course credits. Please see the High School page for resources specific to High School and requirements for graduation.
Upon Graduation a student will be issued an official Tennessee High School Diploma from AliYah Academy, a school transcript for your records and 2 official sealed and notarized school transcripts to be given to any school of further education if needed. At any time in the future an official transcript can be requested to be sent anywhere for a minimal charge.
We do not encourage early graduation because we believe most young adults benefit from the additional time under their parents guidance which enables them to be better prepared for adulthood. However in the case that the parent sees it in the best interest of their child we do allow it if the child is at least 16 years old with a minimum of 3 years in High School and all High School level credit requirements reached. *Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.
AliYah Academy will not accept a student after January 1 of their 11th grade year who is transferring from a traditional public or private school. This does not include previously homeschooled students although an additional $50 Senior fee will be applied in this case. Students who have been enrolled in AliYah Academy prior to January 1 of their 11th grade year will not incur this $50 Senior fee.
We have online registration and record keeping. You will need an email address that is not shared with another AliYah Academy member, this is how you will access your account. Most emails are free and easy to set up.
Our fees are as follows: $75 for the first student; $25 each additional student to a maximum of $150 for a family of 4 or more. We do not have late fees, transfer fees, or senior fees for previosly enrolled students. There is a $50 fee for students entering their senior year. We do not accept seniors who where previously in a traditional public or private school.
We have a no refund policy so please be sure of your decision before registering. You will be sent a confirmation email as soon as your form is received.
We are required to have student’s Birth Certificate and either Vaccine Records or Exemption Form on file in your child’s permanent school records. We believe vaccinating your children should be your choice and understand there are many different beliefs on the subject. We are providing an exemption form here for your use if you need. These documents go in your school file with us only and are not shared outside of our school without your permission. They will go with your school records if you ever transfer to another school. We take your rights and privacy very seriously and do all that we can to protect your freedoms under the law. If you are transferring from another school these documents should already be with your records otherwise you may send copies of them to us in the mail.
Testing is a way of measuring progress towards some predetermined goal. The goals of a specifically Scripture based education may or may not be in conformity with the goals being measured by national standardized achievement tests. AliYah Academy neither requires nor prohibits the use of achievement tests. Achievement test scores may be a useful aid as part of an overall assessment of the progress of an individual student if used appropriately. If you desire testing to be part of your homeschool plan we can provide you with that information.
We can take care of all your school document needs. We can supply you with the SF-1010 attendance form required for the DMV, a good student/attendance letter for insurance discounts and permission to work letters for employment. Please request documents by email and allow up to 2 weeks.
AliYah Academy is classified by the Tennessee Department of Education as a "Category IV Church-Related School" and is exempt from accreditation requirements per TCA 49-50-801. As such, students transferring to public or accredited private schools may be subject to testing for grade level placement [or to determine what credits will be accepted in the case of a high school student]. If you are ever unhappy with our service or in need of counsel please contact us first so we may assist you before you decide to transfer. We will always respect your decision as we recognize that you know what is best for your family.
Most colleges require entrance exams regardless of what type of school you have graduated from.
All AliYah Academy families have the ability to contact the school with concerns regarding their children’s homeschooling needs. Due to privacy and confidentiality we will not discuss any other family’s children but your own. We take care to maintain the confidentiality of your student records and they will not be disclosed to any third party without the permission of the student's parent or guardian either by written or by verbal consent.
Standards of Behavior
As a Homeschooler, and a believer in the Word, you are representing the homeschool, Scripture observant, community. What you do in and outside of your home sets an example for all of those watching; therefore, we have a responsibility to be humble, in love, and above reproach in all we do.
As a member of AliYah Academy you will represent our school therefore, we reserve the right to deny membership if for any reason we feel you would endanger the credibility of the school. Although this decision would be rare possible reasons could be for arrest record, drop out, or severe truancy cases.
We have a Special Needs Consultant who works with us here at AliYah Academy. Leisa Rogers is a Special Education Major with years of experience both within the public school realm and the homeschooling realm. She is the mother of 7 children and has homeschooled each of them. She has successfully graduated 4 of the 7 and would love to share and assist you with any needs or concerns you may have. As a member of AliYah Academy she is available for you to contact with any questions or if you need suggestions in homeschooling a child who is having learning difficulties. Email her to set up a phone appointment.
We will maintain most of our contact with you throughout the year via Email. We want to make sure you receive all important information. Please check to be sure that our emails are not going into your spam or another location in your email box. We want to assure that you do not miss out on any important information or encouraging notes that we send out. It is important to us that we maintain contact and are able to offer you continuous support in your homeschooling endeavor. We only send out about 4 emails per year.
You can always find any contact information you may need on the Contact Us page of the website.
AliYah Academy supports the local homeschool support group Clinch Valley Home Educators. And although it is not required we encourage you to support your local Homeschool Association, Home School Legal Defense Association and get involved in a homeschool support group near you.
OK, now that you have read the required reading, and if you are ready for an adventure in homeschooling, then you are ready to fill out the membership form.