Over the years several attempts have been made to allow homeschoolers
to participate in extra curricular activities in the public schools.
We've only managed to gain minimal acceptance in 2005. See our
Past Legislation page for additional details
and links to specifics.
2009-07-27 The Tennessee Center
for Policy Research weighs in on the matter. From their essay "Homeschool
Students Belong in School Sports" comes this:
What do University of Florida football standout Tim Tebow,
this year's NFL Man of the Year Jason Taylor and tennis champions
Venus and Serena Williams have in common? They are all homeschooled
students who were able to participate in their local public schools'
Homeschool families pay taxes to support public education and
to have their students schooled at home. If parents choose not to
utilize all of the amenities that a public school has to offer, that
is their right, but it is unfair to require that they either use all
of them or none at all. That would be like forbidding everyone who
drives their own vehicle from using public buses ever again unless
they agree to use public transportation exclusively.
entire essay here.
December 9, 2005: There has been
a change in the TSSAA rules that allow some homeschooler participation
in sports they govern. Here are the TSSAA changes:
The [TSSAA] Legislative Council amended Article IV, Section 1 to
A member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
is permitted to play or scrimmage any secondary school with grades 9
and above in regular season play.
For purposes of this rule, a school team may be one school or a
cooperative program of one or more schools.
We will also add the following to the definitions section:
School team – An entity comprised of one or more students in a
school, under the control and conduct of the school, which
represents the school in interscholastic athletic competition.
Check http://TSSAA.org for a
copy of their Bylaws. Read the TSSAA
Tennessee's homeschooling law
49-6-3050 (a)(1) says
"Public school facilities may be used by home school
participants with the approval of the local superintendent, but
this permissive authority shall not be construed to confer any right
upon such participants to use public school facilities. If approved,
such use shall be in accordance with rules established by the local
board of education."
Usually those rules "established by the local board" are those of the
big amateur athletic associations such as the Tennessee Secondary School
Athletic Association (TSSAA).
There is come
controversy about homeschoolers taking part in public school
sports. Here's the opinion of probably the most vocal homeschooling
Why the Question of Homeschoolers' Playing Public
School Sports Affects All Homeschoolers
Larry and Susan
Also here's a link to an
HSLDA article on the Middle Tennessee Education Association
(MTHEA and HSLDA are "Christian" groups and so this article reflects
that viewpoint. But there is some information which will apply to all
homeschoolers and you'll want to read this regardless of your religious
point of view.)
Various Sport Organizations' websites:
(our apologies that this is dated material but perhaps it'll provide the
clue you need.)
The following states mandate or allow homeschooler participation:
Legislation will be filed next session by
state Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City
to allow homeschooler participation.
Details at the Tuscaloosa News.
"...he will introduce in the Legislature next session a
bill to allow children who are being home schooled to play on
sports teams at the school they would attend if they were not
being educated at home. The bill would also allow home schooled
children to be cheerleaders, play in the band or take part in
other extracurricular activities at a public school.
Similar bills have been introduced in other states including
Tennessee and South Carolina.
He said the bill would also apply to children
who attend small private schools that do not have sports
Here's the AZ code:
as of 7/5/05
Children instructed at home; eligibility to
participate in interscholastic activities
A. Notwithstanding any other law, a child who resides within
the attendance area of a public school and who is instructed at home
shall be allowed to try out for interscholastic activities on behalf
of the public school in the same manner as a pupil who is enrolled
in that public school. Registration, age eligibility requirements,
fees, insurance, transportation, physical condition, qualifications,
responsibilities, event schedules, standards of behavior and
performance policies for home schooled students shall be consistent
with those policies established for students enrolled in that public
school. The individual providing the primary instruction of a child
who is instructed at home shall submit written verification that
1. Whether the student is receiving a passing grade in each
course or subject being taught.
2. Whether the student is maintaining satisfactory progress
towards advancement or promotion.
B. A child who is instructed at home and who was previously
enrolled in a school shall be ineligible to participate in
interscholastic activities for the remainder of the school year
during which the child was enrolled in a school.
C. A school district shall not contract with any private
entity that supervises interscholastic activities if the private
entity prohibits the participation of children instructed at home in
interscholastic activities at public, private or charter schools.
6(b)(I) For purposes of this subsection (6), a child who is
participating in a nonpublic home-based educational program shall
have the same rights as a student enrolled in a public or private
school to participate on an equal basis in any extracurricular or
interscholastic activity offered by a public school or offered by a
private school, at the private school's discretion, as provided in
section 22-32-116.5 and is subject to the same rules of any
interscholastic organization or association of which the student's
school of participation is a member. From the Colorado DOE:
Florida: the Legislature passed a law that said
the high school athletic association would not be allowed to
discriminate against homeschoolers, or else public schools would not be
allowed to participate in the association.
their law Chapter 1006, Section 15.
1006.15 Student standards for
participation in interscholastic extracurricular student activities;
(1) This section may be cited as the "Craig
(2) Interscholastic extracurricular student
activities are an important complement to the academic curriculum.
Participation in a comprehensive extracurricular and academic
program contributes to student development of the social and
intellectual skills necessary to become a well-rounded adult. As
used in this section, the term "extracurricular" means any
school-authorized or education-related activity occurring during or
outside the regular instructional school day. (snip) See
this link for the remainder.
Idaho Code 33-203. Dual Enrollment.
participating in dual enrollment may enter into any program in the
public school available to other students subject to compliance with
the eligibility requirements herein and the same responsibilities
and standards of behavior and performance that apply to any
student’s participation in the activity, except that the academic
eligibility requirements for participation in nonacademic activities
are as provided herein.
Oversight of academic
standards relating to participation in nonacademic public school
activities shall be the responsibility of the primary educational
provider for that student. In order for any
nonpublic school student or public charter school student to
participate in nonacademic public school activities for which public
school students must demonstrate academic proficiency or
eligibility, the nonpublic school or public charter school student
shall demonstrate composite grade-level academic proficiency on any
state board of education recognized achievement test, portfolio, or
other mechanism as provided for in state board of education rules.
Additionally, a student shall be eligible if he achieves a minimum
composite, core or survey test score with the average or higher than
average range as established by the test service utilized on any
nationally-normed test. Demonstrated
proficiency shall be used to determine eligibility for the current
and next following school years. School
districts shall provide to nonpublic students who wish to
participate in dual enrollment activities the opportunity to take
state tests or other standardized tests given to all regularly
enrolled public school students.
A public school student
who has been unable to maintain academic eligibility is ineligible
to participate in nonacademic public school activities as a
nonpublic school or public charter school student for the duration
of the school year in which the student becomes academically
ineligible and for the following academic year.
A nonpublic student is
any student who receives educational instruction outside a public
school classroom and such instruction can include, but is not
limited to, a private school or a home school.
(105 ILCS 5/10‑20.24)
(from Ch. 122, par.
Sec. 10‑20.24. Part‑time
Attendance. To accept in part‑time attendance in the regular education
program of the district pupils enrolled in nonpublic schools if there is
sufficient space in the public school desired to be attended. Request
for attendance in the following school year must be submitted by the
nonpublic school principal to the public school before May 1. Request
may be made only to those public schools located in the district where
the child attending the nonpublic school resides.
To accept, pursuant to
the provisions of Section 14‑6.01, in part‑time attendance resident
pupils of the types described in Sections 14‑1.02 through 14‑1.07 who
are enrolled in nonpublic schools.
(Source: P.A. 80‑1509.)
Check the H.O.U.S.E.
(Home Oriented Unique School Experience ) page on the subject. of
extra curricular activities. Here's a snip:
High School Association) 2003-2004 rules state that a
homeschooled student may participate if the student is "enrolled at
the member high school, ...taking a minimum of 20 credit hours of
work at the member school or in a program approved by the member
school, and the student must be granted credit for the work taken
either at the member school or in a program it approved." (quoted
from "Illustrations for Section 30.10 of the By-Laws"; also see
"Illustrations for Section 4.010 of the By-laws")
State of Maine's website:
H.P. 1327 - L.D. 1818
An Act to Require that Public Schools Permit
Participation in Curricular, Cocurricular and Extracurricular
Activities for Students Enrolled in Approved Equivalent Instruction
Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or
more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as
to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does
not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant
to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, two thirds of
all the members elected to each House have determined it necessary
to enact this measure.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 211, sub-c. I-A is enacted
to read: (snip)
This law encompasses an entire list of interactions with the
local school system AND provides for an appeal process to the local
Massachussettes: MIAA will permit home educated
student to participate with conditions see Massachusetts Home
Learning Assoc. page of MIAA regulations.
The state's board of
education last week adopted a new set of standards
of competition designed to guide all Maryland Public
Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA)
member schools when they're competing against
out-of-state schools, as well as non-member schools
within the state.
Among the standards
that must be met by non-member schools are that
athletes are registered and attending the school or
are home instructed pursuant to the requirements of
member schools; that athletes remain affiliated with
the school for the duration of the school year; and
that an administrator can document that a student
has written permission from a parent or guardian to
participate, that he or she has been examined by a
licensed physician, that a student meets academic
eligibility standards or is registered in a bona
fide home school program; and so on.
In order for non-member schools to be approved for
competition against MPSSAA members, they must be
members of a state interscholastic athletic
association recognized by the National Federation of
State High School Associations; or the schools must
be members of an athletic conference that adopts the
same standards of competition and individual high
schools that are in compliance with the MPSSA
Oregon also requires public schools to allow
homeschoolers to participate in interscholastic activities.
It is up to the School
District to set its own policy on extra-curricular participation.
Over 50% of the SDs allow equal access.
Legislation as passed in their Senate in July of 05.
Utah: February 2008
currently being heard.
Other articles and websites with
information on 'equal access':
NHEN Foums for current
information on this topic from around the nation. Specifically:
HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association):
Their rundown of the states that allow equal access:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000048.asp with links to the
appropriate statutes, regulations or court decisions.
And this article titled: Equal Access:
"Participation of Homeschooled Student in Public School Activities"
which discusses the issue in detail.