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Gateway does not do online registration, but you may request an information/registration packet by calling (901) 454-1606 or by emailing Gateway_@bellsouth.net. Gateway's Total Home Education program is designed for Christian parents/guardians to teach their own children in the home. For those who wish to enroll in Gateway's Total Home Education Program, it will be necessary to complete an application at the beginning of each school year.

How Much Does it Cost?:

Beginning 2019-20 Gateway will have REQUIRED FEES of $80 per year for the first student, $20 for each additional K-8 student, and $30 for each 9-12 student. (Because nearly 30% of families did not send an offering in the past, Gateway's Total Home Education registration is no longer on an offering basis.) Note: $20 increase per child for late registration (after October 15, 2019). Using PayPal you may send the fees with your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. Gateway's Total Home Education Program does not provide books or teaching materials. Our program is designed to allow parents/guardians to choose their own teaching materials. Typically, parents can obtain books and teaching materials for one student for about $500 per year in addition to registration with Gateway. Visit our Sources page for more information on choosing materials.

Filling Out Enrollment Paperwork

>Application: Although applications are not available online, you may request an information/registration packet (which includes the application) by phone (901) 454-1606 or by email: Gateway_@bellsouth.net. (Be sure to include the underscore character.) After you have filled out and signed the application you can scan and send it to us by email as a pdf attachment, or you can fax it or send it by postal mail.

>Avoid Truancy: The State of Tennessee is trying to crack down on truancy. To avoid truancy issues, do not leave school age children unenrolled when local schools are in session. Because of requirement by the State of Tennessee, Gateway, at the beginning of September, will be sending a list of students enrolled for 2019-20. Parents who have not enrolled students for 2019-20 by August 15, 2019 could expect contact at their home address by local boards of education who can compare these lists with those sent to them in spring 2019.

>Church Attendance: Because Gateway is a private, Christian school, we require our teachers (a.k.a. parent/guardians) to be Christians and to meet together with other members of the body of Christ on a regular basis. Please see our Church Attendance Letter here.

>Educational Plan: About 10% of the applications received at Gateway are sent back to the family because of inadequate or incomplete educational plans. Please be aware that you must choose your materials for teaching before you register with Gateway. This information must be listed on the Educational Plan page attached to the application.

>Marital Status and Educational Background: Fill out this section with the information for the enrolling parents/guardians.

>Read relevant state laws and Constitution to be aware of limitations/responsibilities. You can read information on relevant TN laws and Constitution here.

Withdrawing from the Previous School

Typically, it takes about two weeks to process an application once it has been received at Gateway. We, however, consider the student enrolled on the date that we receive the application with educational plan -- as long as everything is filled out correctly and the student is eligible to enroll at Gateway (not an adult student, etc.). We recommend that you make sure that Gateway has received the application and processed it before you withdraw the student. (For emergency processing procedure, please contact our office at: (901) 454-1606.) We also recommend that you give written notice of withdrawal to the previous school after Gateway has received the application. Click here for a sample withdrawal letter. Make sure to keep a copy of your withdrawal letter for yourself when you send the letter to the school by certified mail. Please be aware that most public school systems consider a student truant after 5 days of unexcused absenses. The school sometimes counts the student absent until they receive notification of enrollment at Gateway (in the form of our record request- which we send when we process the application). The Tennessee Statute, however, provides 30 days for a parent to register with another program. Click here to read the section of the Tennessee statute that gives this provision. [Section 49-6-3001 (c)(4)]

Sample Withdrawal Letter

   
   

 

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