Will I be “legal”if I enroll with SailAway?
Yes, SailAway is a Category IV institution licensed under TANAS, the TN Association of Non-public Academic Schools. We also notify the appropriate county office that your student is registered with us.
Is SailAway accredited?
A full explanation of why SailAway Academy and all Tennessee umbrella schools are exempt from accreditation may be found here.
Why does SailAway require an email address?
This is the primary method of communication between SailAway and our homeschoolers. You are responsible to check for email communications from us periodically.
Does SailAway provide curriculum or online classes?
No. Textbooks and resources are NOT included in your enrollment. Curricula, books, tutoring, classes, field trips, assessments, evaluations, and any other educational resources are the parent’s responsibility.
How many days and hours is a school year?
Tennesse law requires instruction for a minimum of 4 hours/day, 180 days/year. This instruction does not have to look like bookwork at a desk! Instruction time includes, field trips, games, activities, or any other instance where your child is participating and learning!
What does SailAway require from homeschoolers during a given academic year?
Students must be re-enrolled each year, grades and attendance submitted twice a year, and you must provide a completed list of curricula. You can submit them digitally via our online learning management system. We do not accept grades and attendance by mail, email, or phone.
Does SailAway require testing?
No! We allow parents the freedom to choose whether or not they want to test their student.
How do I request a transcript, driver’s license form, or proof of enrollment?
Documents are requested via the Request Manager feature of Stellar. Simply log in to your Stellar account, select Request Manager, and then select the document you need. Your grades and attendance must be up-to-date for our office to provide these documents. Please submit your request a minimum of 2-3 working days before you need your document.
The Senior Fee for high schoolers includes two (2) transcripts. Additional transcripts will be charged a $20.00 fee per request.
What does my high schooler need to graduate?
SailAway’s “Road to Graduation” can be found here.
How do I know my high schooler is on track to graduate?
You may request a Transcript Evaluation via the Request Manager feature of Stellar to find out what credits your high schooler needs to graduate.Your grades and attendance must be up-to-date for our office to provide this evaluation.
What counts as a high school credit?
A high school credit is earned by completing a course (such as Algebra II) or completing 150 hours (about 50 min/day). A half credit can be earned for 75 hours. Typically, one high school credit is earned during one school year, and a half-credit is earned during a semester. Our school year runs from August 1 through July 31 allowing for year-round schooling. You must contact us to receive permission to issue one full credit in one semester.
If we enroll with SailAway, can my student dual enroll? Use a tutorial? Be a 5th year senior? Study year-round?
The answer to all of these questions is YES!
Can I hire a tutor or use co-op or online classes?
YES! Tennessee law allows for all of these options. It simply states that parents must oversee their child’s education.
Can I have my child’s grandparent teach him?
YES! The law allows for this, too!
Where can I find recommendations for books or online classes?
Check out the section in the “Quick Start Guide To Homeschooling” you received upon enrollment. Of course, you can always email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, too.
I’m afraid my child might have some learning problems…can you help?
We would LOVE to help! Please go to the evaluations section of this website to see what we have to offer, and then give us a call! SailAway is unique in that we do our evaluations one-on-one in a non-threatening manner (no timed fill in the bubble tests!). When the results are in, we meet with the parent to discuss the results AND make sure you understand HOW to teach this particular child. We can recommend both methods and curriculum that will work well for him.