Grades 4-6 at Advent Church of the Episcopal

Ironwood Academy provides tutorial services for homeschool students in grades 4-6 at our Advent campus, Students in each of grades 4-6 are required to take all five academic subjects:

Math, Science, Social Studies, Composition and Literature

Each course includes one hour of instruction two days per week-Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-August through early May, along with assignments that are to be completed at home under parental supervision.

In addition, students have the option to take Art or Study Hall.

The tuition for 2015-2016 for all five courses is $3000, and optional Art is $600 plus a $75 materials fee.
Please see our Schedule of Fees under "Downloads" for a list of all costs, which include a $150 application fee, $140 administrative fee, $50 basic supply fee and $50 science lab fee.

Class times are generally from 8:15 am (drop off between 7:45 and 8:05 am) until 3:10 pm dismissal.  Students have a 15 minute recess in the morning and a 40-minute lunch.
Students bring a sack lunch and drink on Tuesdays and have the option to purchase Papa John pizza for $2.00 per slice on Thursdays.

Grades 7-12 at Advent Church of the Episcopal

Ironwood Academy provides tutorial serves for homeschool students in grades 7-12 at our Advent campus. Students in grades 7-10 are required to take a minimum of three (3) academic courses (including Art) and can take as many as six (6) courses.  Students in grades 11 must take at least two courses and seniors in grade 12 may take one or more courses.

We also offer Study Halls for $150.  Students cannot have more than two Study Halls.
Tuition per course in 2015-2016 is $625 (if you pay all tuition and fees up front before May 1st) and includes one hour of classroom instruction two days per week--Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-August through early May.  Students complete assignments at home under parental supervision.

Please see our Schedule of Fees under "Downloads" for a list of all costs, which include a $150 application fee, $140 administrative fee, $75 art materials fee, $50 basic supply fee and $50 science lab fee.
Hours are 8:10 am to 3:10 pm with drop off no earlier than 7:45 am and pick up no later than 3:15 pm.

Lunch is 40 minutes long from 11:20 am -12:00 noon.  Students bring their lunch on Tuesdays and can order Papa John's pizza for Thursday lunch at a cost of $2.00 per slice.
Please see our Recommended Course Progression for Grades 7-12 under the "Downloads" or "Courses" tabs on the website.

Admission Requirements, Tuition Information and Q&A

Re-enrollment for current families begins on January 31st.  Open Enrollment for new families does not begin until February 15th.  Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis from that point in time until we are at capacity of approximately 120-150 students (optimal at 15 students per class). The non-refundable application fee of $150 can be mailed or brought to our administrative offices at: 5214 Maryland Way, Suite 208, Brentwood, TN 37027, after you complete the online application. Parents need to send in the $150 application fee within 5 days of completing the online application.

What documents are required for new families to register?

In addition to the online application, new families will be required to provide the following documents:

1. Past three (3) years of courses/grades (for grades 4-8).
2. For high school students (grades 9-12), transcript from previous school or umbrella program.
3. Most recent standardized test scores.
4. Emergency medical information form.
5. Student writing sample.

Download the New Student & Family Application Additional Requirements and complete.  Applications will not be considered until ALL of the required documents have been received at our administrative offices.  

New students may be required to take a math or science placement test.

New families who do not intend to pay all of their tuition up front will also need to provide a Letter of Financial Good Standing from their previous tutorial or private school indicating that you were in good financial standing and that there were no late payments or defaults on any financial obligations.  The sample letter may be downloaded from our website under "Downloads." 

Once you have completed these documents, please mail them to our administrative offices. You may also fax them to us at (615) 345-5605.

Is Ironwood Academy a school?

No, we are a tutorial program that meets two days per week. We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for their child's education. Ironwood Academy offers core academic courses taught by qualified Instructors in grades 4 through 12. Lessons are presented on Tuesday and Thursday. Students complete their assignments at home on the other days of the week.  Students are expected to be able to work independently yet under the supervision of at least one parent.  Therefore, if both parents work outside the home, the student cannot be successful in our program and will likely be denied acceptance.

What if I have never homeschooled before?

In order to effectively homeschool, we require that at least one parent be at home and available to supervise and to assist their child with their assignments.  Although our courses are structured in such a way that students are expected to be able to work independently, they cannot pass our courses without assistance from the parents.  We do not accept families for admission if both parents work outside the home.  In addition, families who are new to homeschooling must attend one of our "Homeschool 101" workshops before classes start in the Fall.  The Homeschool 101 workshop is offered in the spring and summer and is led by the Board of Directors and veteran homeschool Moms and Dads.  The workshops are approximately 2 hours and both parents should attend.

Is there a course minimum?

Yes, students in grades 4-6 have a standard curriculum that includes five (5) courses for one set fee. Students in grades 7-10 must sign up for at least three (3) courses (not including Study Halls or Math Labs). The maximum number of courses is six (6). Rising juniors (11th graders) must take at least two (2) courses.  Seniors (12th graders) have no course minimum since they may only need a specific single courses to complete their high school graduation requirements.

What is the size of each class?

Optimal size for each class is 15 students, and we strive for a minimum of 5 students to make it feasible for the instructor to effectively teach the material.  If fewer than 5 students enroll in a course, we reserve the right to cancel the course.

How many Study Halls can a student take?

Our goal is to schedule students so that there are very few "open" periods, but the maximum number of Study Halls that a student can sign up for is two per day. Students will have the opportunity to select Study Halls for open periods of the day when they request their schedule.

What is the cost per Study Hall?

Study Halls are $150 each period for the year.  Instructors proctor the Study Halls.  Study Halls are not considered courses.  

Is Ironwood Academy an umbrella program?

No, we are a tutorial. Each family will need to enroll their child in one of the many umbrella programs that exist in Tennessee prior to classes starting in August. Our Instructors assign grades by the semester, which are posted on Engrade (an online grading system). However, it is the parents' responsibility to report these grades to their umbrella program. A list of umbrella programs can be found in the "Resources" section of our website. Ironwood Academy does not specifically endorse or recommend umbrella programs; we just provide a list of some of them. Additional information on umbrella programs may be found through the Middle Tennessee Home Educators Association (MTHEA) at their website,

Do families have to re-apply for admission every year?

Yes.  Families are eligible to automatically re-enroll each year if they meet certain criteria.  We use a Re-Enrollment Rubric to make an objective assessment as to whether or not a student should be able to continue at the tutorial.  The Re-Enrollment Rubric considers the student's academic achievement, parental involvement, attendance, compliance with policies and a demonstrated understanding of our mission, vision and values.  

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

We do not. Families can choose to pay their tuition in full up front, or pay in two equal payments with a 5% carrying fee on the balance (half due July 1 and the balance due December 1), or they can pay monthly in ten equal payments beginning in July and continuing through April, with a 5% carrying fee applied to the balance. Monthly payments are only done through ACH automatic withdrawal from your checking account.  Families who wish to pay in two equal payments or ten monthly payments will be subject to a formal credit check (must provide us with a social security number) and must provide us with a Letter of Financial Good Standing from their previous tutorial or private school.  

Do I sign a financial contract?

Yes. Upon submitting the online application, families have five (5) days to bring or mail their NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $150 per student, with a maximum of $300 per family, to our administrative offices. Once a student has been formally accepted (via email letter), a deposit of $650 (equal to one course tuition) is due within 5 days and no later than May 1st. That $650 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit will hold a spot in all of the classes that your student has requested via online enrollment. If a particular class is full, your student will be placed on a waitlist until a spot opens up. 

What is the tuition and what other fees are there?

For a complete list of the fees and deadlines, please download our Schedule of Fees.

Tuition $650 per course per year x number of courses taken.  However, families who choose to pay their entire tuition costs up front in one payment are eligible to pay $625 per course.   There is no additional discount for

Application Fee (non-refundable) $150 per student, with a max of $300 per family

Administrative Fee (non-refundable) $140 per student per year

Supply Fee (non-refundable) There are three types of supply fees: 1) Basic supply fee of $50 that every student will pay; 2) Science lab fee of $50 for every science course taken; and 3) Art materials fee of $75 for every art class taken.

What are the hours?

Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

First Period 8:10 - 9:10 am 

Second Period 9:15 - 10:15 am

Third Period 10:20 - 11:20 am

Lunch 11:25 - 11:55 am 

Fourth Period 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Fifth Period 1:05 - 2:05 pm

Sixth Period 2:10 - 3:10 pm

When will I know who the Instructor will be for a specific course?

Our current faculty is posted on our website. You can review their individual biographical profiles under the tab, "Meet Us."  

What can my student expect with regard to the workload and pace of the courses at Ironwood Academy?

We are a rigorous college-prep program.  Students can expect to spend 1-2 hours per subject per day to complete assignments.  This means that the Tuesday to Thursday workload will need to completed entirely in one day, on Wednesday.  Wednesdays are easily 5-10 hour days for most students.  From Thursday to the following Tuesday, students will learn to manage their time effectively (just like college) by assessing their total workload and then dividing up the homework into days or blocks of time.  For example, some students will do two subjects of homework on Friday, two subjects on Saturday, take Sunday off, and then finish the last subject or two on Monday.  Younger students will need help and input from parents to manage the workload and should be supervised while completing homework.  Older students should be able to work independently with minimal parental involvement.   

Do you accept students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)?

Ironwood Academy is neither equipped nor designed to provide any of the special accomodations that students may have received under an IEP from a previous school (which may have included special tests, assistance from Instructors during test-taking, additional time to complete assignments, etc.)  All students receive the same individual instruction and assistance from the faculty at Ironwood Academy and are expected to function capably within the classroom and to work independently at home.  Additional assistance can be provided by the parents outside the classroom in the form of hiring supplemental tutors at the parents' expense and under their direction and guidance.  

What is your policy regarding late work?

Ironwood Academy has a strict "no excuses" policy with regard to assignments.  Work must be completed by the due date in order for the student to receive credit.  We believe that meeting deadlines is is a worthy goal for students and adults, at work and in life;  therefore, our Instructors do not acccept late homework.  

Please email us with any other specific questions that you may have at