• Homeschool Laws in Georgia

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by in Homeschooling 101

    Homeschool Legal Defense lists Georgia as a state with moderate homeschooling regulations. However, it is very simple to begin and continue to homeschool in Georgia with only a few yearly requirements.

    1. Send in an annual Intent to Homeschool.
    2. Send in attendance records on the last day of instruction for the year.
    3. The school year must include the equivalent of 180 days of at least 4-1/2 hours of instruction per day unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement.
    4. Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained.
    5. The instructor shall write an annual progress assessment report in each required subject area for each student. These reports shall be retained for at least three years.

    Additionally, compulsory attendance in Georgia is ages 6-16 years of age.

    “Between their 6th and 16th birthdays.” Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 20-2-690.1. However, if a child is under 7 and has attended more than 20 days in a Georgia public school, he is subject to the compulsory attendance laws. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-150(c).

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    Homeschooling should consist of “A basic academic educational program that includes, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science.” Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-690(c)(4)

    In Georgia, “Parents or guardians may teach only their own children in the home study program provided the teaching parent or guardian possesses at least a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED). Parents or guardians may also employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or a GED to teach such children.”

    Additional information can be found at The Georgia Department of Education website.  Here you can find out the laws for students who would like to obtain a driving permit or license, work permits, Governors Honor Program information and the Congressional Art Competition. 

    To submit your Intent to homeschool or annual attendance visit the Georgia DOE website.  Another resource to keep up with your yearly attendance is the  Homeschool Compliance website.  For a minimal cost ($12 a year) they keep up with your records for 12 years, remind you when to file, and help you stay updated with any changes in the homeschool laws here in Georgia.

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    “Home Schools.” Home Schools. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.

    http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Georgia.pdf