At Least 463 Home Schoolers Used Arkansas’ “Tim Tebow” Law in 2021

Family Council estimates that at least 463 home schooled students took part in interscholastic activities alongside public and private school students in 2021.

The figure is based on reports obtained from the Arkansas Department of Education via the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The reports showed 463 students were assigned code numbers indicating they were home schoolers participating in interscholastic activities at a public school.

In 2013 the Arkansas Legislature passed a law letting home schooled students participate in interscholastic activities at local public schools.

The measure is sometimes referred to as a “Tim Tebow Law,” because former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was able to play football as a home schooler thanks to a similar law in Florida.

Over the years, Arkansas’ “Tim Tebow” law has expanded to apply to interscholastic activities at local private schools and public schools in neighboring school districts as well.

The law gives home schoolers the opportunity to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities just like any other student. It’s a good law that Family Council has been pleased to support over the years.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.

Home Schoolers in Arkansas Can File The Notice of Intent for the 2022-2023 School Year

Arkansans who plan to home school their children this fall have until August 15 to file the Notice of Intent form with their local public school superintendents.

Parents can print the Notice of Intent form and mail it or deliver it in person to their local public school superintendent’s office.

Parents also have the option of completing the Notice of Intent securely online at

Arkansas has seen an increased interest in home schooling since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year the U.S. Census Bureau reported the percentage of households home schooling in Arkansas jumped from 6.8% in spring of 2020 to 10.3% by the following fall.

All told, as many as one in ten families in Arkansas home schooled their children during the 2020-2021 school year.

Since then, home schooling has remained popular even as the pandemic has subsided and schools have reopened.

For 24 years Family Council’s home school division, the Education Alliance, has supported home schooling in Arkansas, because it gives families the flexibility to provide the education that’s right for their children.

If you are interested in home schooling in Arkansas this fall, please feel free to call our office at (501) 978-5503 today.