Homeschool Law

This information is directly from

 http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx

Date of information: Aug. 15, 2013

 Home Schools

Effective July 1, 2013, Georgia law indicates you are no longer required to submit an attendance form to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).  Declarations of Intent (DOI) must still be submitted to the GaDOE each year.  These forms should be submitted electronically using the GaDOE website.  Electronic submissions automatically provide the parent with a 36 unique character parental signature.  Georgia law dictates that the DOI must be submitted by the parent or guardian only.  The GaDOE will not accept third party submissions.  If possible, submission of the DOI should be electronically, however, mailing, emailing or faxing is acceptable.  Please note when mailing, emailing, or faxing, it may take several weeks to input your DOI into our files.

The GaDOE no longer issues Certificate of Attendance.  Your DOI with the 36 unique characters on the parental signature line is the official document of the Georgia Home Study Program.  This document should be used to obtain Driver’s license/permits, work permits, post-secondary admission, military enlistment, and for all other entities that require proof of educational enrollment.  For Social Security verification, please Click Here to access and print the letter.

Click here to Submit an Online Declaration of Intent Form.

Driving Permit or License

To obtain a driving permit or license, a copy of the electronically submitted Declaration of Intent to the GaDOE website with a 36 unique character digital parent signature is all that is needed.

Work Permits

Work permit forms required by the Department of Labor must be distributed and signed by an official of the local school district in accordance with the law O.C.G.A. § 39-2-11 provides in part: § 39-2-11.  Employment certificates — Required; requirements for issuance.  GaDOE is ONLY responsible for issuing the Declaration of Intent (DOI) for the work permits.  Upon receiving your DOI, take this document to your local high school or school district to be issued a work permit.

Pursuant to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690),the following are requirements for home study programs:

  1. Effective July 1, 2012, parents or guardians who wish to teach their children at home in a home study program must annually submit to the Georgia Department of Education a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program by September 1 or within 30 days after a program is established. The Georgia Department of Education will provide for electronic submittal of the Declaration of Intent.  Please see the information below on how to submit the Declaration of Intent and the attendance reports.
  2. The declaration must include the names and ages of the students, the address where the program is located, and the dates of the school year.
  3. 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.
  4. The home study program must include, but is not limited to, instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
  5. 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.
  6. As of July 1, 2013, you are no longer required to submit attendance to the Georgia Department of Education.  For driving permits or licenses all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature.  This document replaces the Certificate of Attendance and should be submitted with all other Driver Service’s required documents to obtain a driving permit or license. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

How to Submit the Declaration of Intent form

Online Submittal

Parents/guardians are encouraged to submit the Declaration of Intent and attendance reports online using the Georgia Department of Education’s online web application.

Click here to Submit an Online Declaration of Intent Form.

Paper Form Submittal

Parents/guardians will find it much more efficient to submit their homeschool documentation electronically using the Georgia Department of Education’s online web application.  However, parents/guardians that do not have access to a computer may submit hard copies of their homeschool documentation by mail or fax using the contact information below:

Mailing Address:

Georgia Department of Education

Homeschool Division

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE

Suite 1754 Twin Towers East

Atlanta, GA 30334

Fax:

(404) 676-5744

Withdrawing from Home School to Obtain a GED

If you are wishing to withdraw from home school to obtain your GED, download and print the two documents below.

How to Request a Certificate of Attendance

For driving permits or licenses all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature.  This document replaces the Certificate of Attendance and should be submitted with all other Driver Service’s required documents to obtain a driving permit or license.  To request a Declaration of Intent for homeschool students that are eligible for a work permit, or as needed for other purposes, please contact Pat Blenke atablenke@doe.k12.ga.us.

Forms and References

Laws impacting homeschool in Georgia (Georgia Codes 20-2-690 and 20-2-690.1) can be found on the Georgia General Assembly’s website. Select “Georgia Code” on the left of the homepage, and enter the code numbers to search for the laws.

  • SBOE §160-5-1-.15 Awarding Units of Credit and Acceptance of Transfer of Credits and/or Grades

Home School Students and Governor’s Honors

Home school parents and students interested in the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) should contact the local system GHP coordinator. For a list of local school system GHP coordinators and general information about the program, please visit the GHP web page.

Learn More

  • Acceptance by Public Schools of Transfer Credits