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First Baptist Academy Homeschool Umbrella Program exists to assist parents in providing a quality education that fosters a Biblical worldview in their children.

Homeschool Umbrella

For Kindergarten through 8th Grade, First Baptist Academy offers a Homeschool Umbrella Program. Our Homeschool Program allows parents to select curriculum for their student(s) and customize their own educational choices for their family, while also receiving the support of a trusted Christian school in full compliance with Tennessee Homeschool standards and reporting. 

Please contact deannagibson@fbaeagles.org for more information on our homeschool program before applying/submitting payment.

  • Previous school records
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Official state immunization form or letter explaining religious objection
  • Official school entry medical form (physical)
  • Curriculum chosen by parent
  • Annual attendance reports
  • Annual grade reporting
  • Registration Form for K – 8th
  • Standardized Testing REQUIRED for grades 2nd – 8th

Families enrolling in the FBA Home School Program must meet the following criteria:

  • At least one parent must be a professing Christian who is in regular attendance with a body of believers.
  • Agreement with First Baptist Academy / First Baptist Church Statement of Faith.
  • The primary teaching parent, if employed, must not be employed outside the home during the 4 required school hours each day.
  • All reports concerning grades and attendance must be turned in on the specified dates.
  • Must complete a Financial Agreement.
  • Curriculum is chosen by parents. A list of curriculums being used must be turned in annually.
  • Maintenance of cumulative file
  • Curriculum coaching and assistance with curriculum selection, if desired
  • Upcoming enrichment activities with FBA Homeschool Community
  • Upcoming opportunities with First Baptist Academy
  • Yearly Standardized Testing (Grades 2nd – 8th)
  • K – 8th registration fee: $60 for first student and $50 for second student in each family (no registration fee for students beyond the 3rd child within the K-8 Homeschool Program)
  • Testing fee: $50 per student (2nd – 8th only)
  • Private testing fee (for documented need): $50 for individual proctor, if needed
  • All fees, except Private Testing Fee, are due at registration and are nonrefundable
  • Late fees apply to Financial Plans requested. Those fees are listed on the Financial Agreement.
  • Homeschool Graduation Weekend (Third Friday and Saturday in May)
  • Standardized Testing Week (for 2-8th Grades) – the T/W/R before Memorial Day.

Other opportunities may be available to FBA Homeschool Students
including:

  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Enrichment Opportunities
  • Field Trips, and some Lower/Middle School FBA Sports
  • Exclusive Additional Resources shared through email and social media

Independent Study Program

For 9th -12th Grade, First Baptist Academy offers the Independent Study Program through our Homeschool Umbrella Program. Our Independent Study Program (ISP) offers all the benefits of a Homeschool Education, the resources of First Baptist Academy, and the opportunity to earn a High School Diploma from an accredited Christian High School. ISP is in full compliance with Tennessee Homeschool standards and reporting, and fulfills the number of required credits to graduate with additional Bible credits. Guidance is provided through the High School program to make sure you are on track, as well as transcript maintenance and distribution for our students at no additional cost. A summary of the information below is here or see the individual section below for your convenience.

Families enrolling in the FBA High School Independent Study Program must meet the following criteria:

  • At least one parent must be a professing Christian who is in regular attendance with a body of believers.
  • Agreement with First Baptist Academy / First Baptist Church statement of faith.
  • The primary teaching parent, if employed, must not be employed outside the home during the 4 required school hours each day.
  • All reports concerning grades and attendance must be turned in on the specified dates.
  • An interview with both the teaching parent and the student is required before acceptance into the program.
  • Yearly Standardized Testing is required for each 9th Grade student.
  • 10th – 12th grade students are required to take the ACT once each year. An ACT composite score of 18 is required to receive a diploma.
  • All previous academic records, birth certificate, immunization records and entrance physical must be submitted before a student is considered to be enrolled in the Independent Study Program.
  • A copy of the teaching parent’s high school diploma or college diploma must be submitted.
  • A Financial Agreement must be submitted.
  • Maintenance of cumulative file
  • Assistance with curriculum selection
  • Academic Counseling
  • Potential Upcoming enrichment activities with FBA Homeschool Community and/or First Baptist Academy
  • Yearly Standardized Testing (Grade 9)
  • First Baptist Academy High School Diploma and Official Academic Transcript
  • 9-12th Grade ISP Registration fee: $250 for first student and $200 for second student in each family (no registration fee for students beyond the 3rd child within ISP)
  • Private testing fee (for documented need): $50 for individual proctor, if needed
  • All fees, except Private testing fee, are due at Registration and are Non-Refundable.
  • Late fees apply to Financial Plans requested. Those fees are listed on the Financial Agreement.
  • Standardized Testing (9th Grade) – the T/W/R before Memorial Day.
  • ACT Testing (yearly for grades 10-12) – Find dates and register online at www.actstudent.org
  • Homeschool Graduation Weekend (Third Friday and Saturday in May)

Other opportunities may be available to FBA ISP Students
including:

  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Enrichment Opportunities and Field Trips
  • Exclusive Additional Resources shared through email and social media
  • If High School Sports are an interest, there are additional requirements required to play for FBA. An additional meeting will be established to discuss this as an option. Just let us know!
A Note from the Homeschool Umbrella Coordinator:

Hello Homeschool Families!


My name is DeAnna Gibson and I am a mom to three boys: Isaiah, Zeke, and Micah. I moved here from South Carolina in December of 2019, for my husband to be the Worship Pastor for First Baptist Powell. It has been my privilege to serve as the Homeschool Administrator for FBA since August 2020.

My homeschool journey began years ago with our middle child, who is on the Autism Spectrum. While I was under-prepared for homeschool, I also recognized that for him, the best fit was not a typical classroom environment - so I dove right in! Eventually, my oldest came home from public school, and my youngest joined us. Each year, we prayerfully reassess what is best for each child and seek to acknowledge God's purposes and plans, knowing we hold our plans with a
loose grip! In 2020, the Lord led us to place our oldest and youngest at FBA, and our middle child remains homeschooled.

I have been a part of several co-ops (some rigorously academic and some for enrichment only - some that were "special needs friendly" and others not so open to the possibilities). I have been in homeschool leadership, taught classes, directed musical productions, led academic enrichment opportunities at local libraries, and started communitywide groups for special needs homeschool children. I look forward to being able to implement LOTS of new ideas I have for the Umbrella Program this year…and all the years ahead, Lord willing. While I am not as experienced as perhaps some of our more seasoned homeschool families, I hope I bring a unique perspective and set of experiences with me as I seek to build community with each of you and learn from your unique experiences.

Additionally, my husband Brett and I served in Southeast Asia for three years with the International Mission Board, and have lived in states all over the Southeast including: Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and finally Tennessee. I blog about Life in the Lord as a Special Needs Mom at www.deannagibsonwrites.com, and elsewhere on occasion. I love administrating, organizing, and providing meaningful resources to help families accomplish everything God has called them to do. 

It is my deepest desire to serve Christ and His church through any means He allows me to serve. Thank you for this opportunity to support, encourage, and serve you and your family as we walk this path together!


 Home School Umbrella Coordinator

DeAnna Gibson
(865) 947-8503
deannagibson@fbaeagles.org

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