A Used Curriculum Sale will be held Saturday, June 3rd at the Silverdale Baptist Academy lower gym (enter through the black gates by the creek, look for balloons). This event is under the direction of CSTHEA. For more information on this event, please visit their website.
What Makes Silverdale Homeschool Different?
The purpose of Silverdale Homeschool is to provide a place for you to come for support and guidance as you navigate the education of your children at home. We invite Silverdale Homeschool students to join our after school programs called BOOST and SOAR. These programs are on campus, or local to the Chattanooga area where your student can participate in different activities and meet new friends! Check out the link below for BOOST. Also check out our FAQs at the bottom of this page.
While there are many umbrella schools available online and in Tennessee, Silverdale Homeschool is the only in-person umbrella school in Chattanooga. As a ministry of Silverdale Baptist Academy, it is our joy to offer this resource to you!
When you join Silverdale Homeschool
The qualified staff at Silverdale Homeschool will be available to assist families who aspire to meet the graduation requirements set forth by the Tennessee Department of Education. We will be able to answer any questions about the following:
Record-Keeping (curriculum and grades)
Student and Teacher IDs
Access to private music lessons in the Fine Arts Department (Information & Cost Page)
BOOST and SOAR participation (see Fee Schedule)
FREE application to Silverdale Online Academy and access to K-12 online classes (see Fee Schedule)
Testing Center Proctor (additional fee)
Optional standardized testing
Frequently Asked Questions
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Can my child participate in any extracurricular activities?
Yes! Our BOOST program is growing so much that we need you! Parents are invited to apply to lead/teach a Boost activity and students are invited to apply to participate. BOOST activities will change for each quarter, but previous BOOST classes have included: campfire cooking, STEAM in Nature, Hip-Hop dance, iRobot Coding, sewing, archery and so much more! If you are interested, please watch for BOOST announcements in the Silverdale Homeschool Newsletter. If you would like to be a BOOST teacher, please contact Sarah Lane, firstname.lastname@example.org. For pricing see the Fee Schedule
Silverdale's Outdoor Adventure & Recreation (SOAR) is directed by Mr. Al Rogers. SOAR offers clubs such as fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, archery and Ducks Unlimited. Students are invited to participate and there may be coaching needs that parents are invited to fill! Please watch the Silverdale Homeschool Newsletter for more information.
Please visit the "Fee Schedule" from the dropdown menu at the top right of this page to see the fees for participation in our activities.
Can homeschool students participate in sports at Silverdale Baptist Academy?
All private schools under TSSAA regulation follow the TSSAA guidelines. Silverdale Homeschool is a ministry of Silverdale Baptist Academy, but families registered with the umbrella are not enrolled as SBA students.
In short, the guidelines, followed by SBA, state that students not enrolled at the private school may not participate in any TSSAA regulated sport. This is the case for any private school in Tennessee that is a member of TSSAA. Please see silverdalehomeschool.org for other sports opportunities that your homeschool student may want to participate in.
Additionally, the ISC (Independent School Conference) requires participants to be physically attending and enrolled as a full-time student.
Fortunately, we live in an area that offers a wide variety of athletic programs. We suggest that you check with your locally zoned school, local youth association, and CSTHEA to see what they have to offer!
Can my child enroll in an on-campus course?
Currently, we do not offer any on campus courses for students not enrolled at Silverdale Baptist Academy.
Can my child enroll in an online course?
Am I required to submit vaccination records?
Yes. As a church-related “umbrella” school in the State of Tennessee, we are required to comply with the non-public school laws which state that proof of immunization OR exemption must be provided to the admissions officer of a school. There will be a section on the digital registration form to upload the official immunization record or exemption form. All forms are provided in the dropdown at the top right corner of this webpage.
Will my child be assigned a personal advisor?
Each family will meet with an advisor that can assist with any questions regarding curriculum, grades, attendance, and more.
Are there requirements for graduation other than TN state requirements?
Yes. Silverdale-Homeschool is a ministry of Silverdale Baptist Academy that requires each family to sign a statement of faith. Our desire is for every student to grow spiritually through the study of God's Word. Students should have 3 Bible credits including semester courses in Worldview, Philosophy, and Apologetics. See the Silverdale Homeschool Guidelines that address the Bible Credits with mission opportunities.
Can my child graduate with honors?
According to a recent law explained here, students who graduate from a home school will have different requirements for the HOPE scholarship which includes dual enrollment credits. Your student should have the privilege of graduating with honors based on these same requirements.
Can my child watch chapel at SBA?
Absolutely! We live stream our chapel programs each Wednesday: Elementary - 9:00am , Middle School - 12:45pm, High School - 12:00pm. All times will be in the Eastern time zone.
Is a proctor available for classes that require one?
Yes! You may schedule an in-person proctor to monitor any assessments required for your course. To schedule a proctor, please email 2 weeks in advance. There will be a service charge at an affordable rate of $8.00/hour.
Do you require the homeschool students to do standardized testing?
No, we don't. However, if you do want standardized testing for your child, we can certainly help with that.