Mississippi Homeschooling

Parents around the country are choosing homeschooling as a great option for the education of their children. Homeschooling in Mississippi is growing as well. The wealth of information about homeschooling can seem overwhelming. We've sorted through it all and compiled the best information on support, methods, local and state resources and events, and much, much more!

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Mississippi Department of Education
Website for the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park was established by Congress on February 21, 1899, to commemorate one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. The Vicksburg campaign was waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. It included battles in west-central Mississippi at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River and 47 days of Union siege operations against Confederate forces defending the city of Vicksburg. Located high on the b...
Tupelo National Battlefield
In the spring of 1864, Major General William Sherman prepared his army to take Atlanta and susequently "march to the sea". A primary concern of Sherman's was Major General Nathan Forrest's Confederate corp of mounted infantry roving the mid-South. Sherman ordered several advances from Federally controlled Memphis into north Mississippi for the purpose of keeping Forrest in Mississippi and not behind Sherman, cutting communication and supply lines. On July 13-15, 1864, the battle of Tupelo was th...
Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FOCHE)
FOCHE exists to provide encouragement and edification to home-educating mothers in the Hernando area for the benefit of their families. Offers activities and support, including mom's night out, field trips, and social activities.
Jackson Zoological Park
The Jackson Zoo features more than 350 animals representing more than 130 species. Offers educational programs and special exhibits.
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Located on MS Hwy 370 six miles west of Baldwyn, this one-acre site commemorates a battle which had one objective-- make impossible the threat of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to interfere with General William T. Sherman's railroad supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga during the Atlanta campaign. Forrest scored a decisive victory over General S.D. Sturgis' Union forces when they met at Brices Cross Roads on June 10, 1864. The Union lost three men to every Southern casualty and ...
Home School Instruction
The Mississippi Department of Education offers this short summary of the basic requirements for home education in the state of Mississippi.
amie network
The amie network is for Christian homeschooled teenage girls. Members of the amie network receive a monthly newsletter, have opportunities to meet and connect with other homeschooled teens, and receive support and encouragement.
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group (BSHG)
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is a Catholic homeschool support group that has members in the Memphis Metro area, including North Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas, and other parts of West Tennessee. The Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is dedicated to encourage and enhance children with a nurturing, helpful, supportive, and loving family environment, based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
SEC. 37-13-91. Compulsory school attendance requirements generally; enforcement of law.
(1) This section shall be referred to as the "Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law." (2) The following terms as used in this section are defined as follows: (a) "Parent" means the father or mother to whom a child has been born, or the father or mother by whom a child has been legally adopted. (b) "Guardian" means a guardian of the person of a child, other than a parent, who is legally appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction. (c) "...
Gateway Christian Schools
PO Box 280117 Memphis, TN 38168-0117 Phone: 901-454-1606 Gateway Christian Schools Total Home Education Program provides phone counseling by experienced home educators, two reports as required per year, maintenance of cumulative school records for college entrance, assistance with transfers between public or private schools and home education, dipolmas for qualifying seniors, and assistance with college entrance. Enrollment is limited to those living in Tennesee or Mississippi.
Natchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River to salt licks in today’s central Tennessee. Over the centuries, the Choctaw, Chickasaw and other American Indians left their marks on the Trace. The Natchez Trace experienced its heaviest use from 1785 to 1820 by the “Kaintuck” boatmen that floated the Ohio and Miss. Rivers to markets in Natchez and New Orleans. They sold their cargo and boats and began the trek back north o...
Home Educators-Rankin County
This group is made up of Home Educators who live in the Brandon, Mississippi area.
North Star Multi-Cultural Homeschooling
North Star Multi-Cultural Homeschooling Support Group provides a diverse and welcoming atmosphere for homescoolers in the Metro-Jackson area. This group hopes that families of different ancestries, religions and homeschooling philosophies can grow and learn. NSMHSG is a chapter of the National Black Home Educators Resource Association.
Meridian Christian Home Educators (MCHE)
Serves homeschooling families in the Meridian area. Offers park days, moms encouragement group, teen activities, social activities, field trips, and more.
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What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all.

John Holt