Stoa is organized to serve the privately educated, Christian homeschool community. Stoa recognizes and accepts that homeschooling families use a wide variety of homeschooling strategies and supports the parental right to direct the education of their children.

Eligibility for Stoa and the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC):

Competitors joining Stoa shall meet the following criteria:
(It is expected that a student registering for a tournament is able to compete the entire tournament.)

1. AGE

    • Competitors shall be ages 12 to 18 on October 1, 2016.
    • NOTE: For the 2016-2017 season only, competitors who turn 12 between January 1st 2016 and January 1st 2017 will be eligible to compete.

2016-2017 Age Eligibility Timeline

    • Judges shall be age 19 or older on October 1st, 2016.
      • A student may not compete and judge within the same competition season.
      • Stoa appreciates its alumni. These guidelines exist for the sole purpose of ensuring that judges are older than the competing students. Given the creative nature of homeschooling, there are many scenarios where alumni could be younger that the students they are judging.


The parent member(s) must agree with the Statement of Faith.


If the following statements can be affirmed (with a yes) the student shall be deemed privately home educated for Stoa purposes.

Your student is eligible to be covered by HSLDA based on their criteria as written on 9/15/2016.


Your student is at least ONE of the following:
(a) Exempt from public education enrollment and/or attendance in your state
(b) Homeschooled under the statutes or regulations in your state
(c) Enrolled in a non-public home-based educational program according to the laws in your state


(a) Not enrolled full-time in a public charter school or public school independent study program.
(b) Not enrolled full-time in a college. The college institution defines what constitutes full-time.