Every parent, guardian, or other person residing within this state, having control or charge of any child or children between their sixth and sixteenth birthdays, shall enroll and send such child or children to a public school, a private school, or a home study program (Official Code of Georgia Annotated [OCGA] § 20-2-690.1).
- The institution must provide a basic academic educational program which includes, but is not limited to, reading language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
- The institution is privately controlled and operates on a continuing basis and provides instruction each twelve months for the equivalent of 180 days of education with each school day consisting of at least four and one-half hours of instruction.
- Within thirty days after the beginning of each school year, it shall be the duty of the administrator of each private school to report the names, ages, and residence of each student enrolled to the local superintendent of the district in which the student resides. Changes in enrollment should be reported each month to the superintendent of the district in which the student resides.
- Any building used must meet all health and safety standards under state law and local ordinances.
- 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.
- 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 educational diploma (GED) equivalency diploma, but the parents or guardians may employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or GED to teach such children.
- The home study program must include, but is not limited to, instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
- The school year must include the equivalent of 180 days of at least four and one-half hours of instruction per day unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement.
- Monthly attendance reports must be sent to the local school system at the end of each month. The local school system will, upon request, provide the reporting forms.
- 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 by the parent/guardian.
- 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 by the parent/guardian.
- probationary placement and satisfactory performance for at least one grading period
- acceptable scores on tests focused on group placement, subject area and/or grade level
The mandate placed on the public education system calls for each local school system to enforce the compulsory attendance of all children between the ages of six and sixteen in a public school, a private school or a home study program that meets legal requirements. Therefore, the declaration of intent form and the monthly attendance form must be completed for each student enrolled in a home school program and submitted to the office of the local home school department. The Declaration of Intent must be submitted by September 1st each year. The Monthly Attendance Report must be submitted at the close of each month.
If cumulative attendance reports are sent at the end of the school year they will be returned to you for your records. Monthly attendance reports may be mailed to the address above or faxed to 678.676.0229.
The parent/guardian must present a picture ID at the time of pick up. For your convenience the certificate of attendance will be notarized by the home school liaison.
- Once it has been verified that the child(ren) was a registered home school student in DeKalb County, the parent/guardian would then need to present standardized test scores for the child(ren). The law requires that students take a national standardized test every three years beginning at the end of third grade. If the parent/guardian cannot produce information or has no records, then the parent/guardian will be informed by the principal or principal’s designee that the recommended grade level placement will be honored but is temporary until a testing and observation period has been completed to ascertain the student’s ability to work at the recommended grade level.
- Once it has been verified that the child(ren) was a registered home school student in DeKalb County, if the child(ren) has been home schooled for one (1) year or more, they would be given a placement test from the previous grade level in order to determine the academic status of the child(ren) and to determine if he/she is ready to proceed to the next grade level. If the child(ren) has been home schooled for less than one (1) year, official transcripts, grades, and/or standardized test scores that the child(ren) had accumulated prior to being withdrawn from public school, will be used to determine placement.
- A home school student entering the 9th grade for the first time must receive verification that the child was registered as a home school student in DeKalb County. The parent/guardian must present the appropriate documentation (grades, report cards, transcripts and standardized test scores) to the local school. The student will be placed in the ninth grade because the student has not taken any high school courses.
- It is the practice of the Georgia Department of Education to advise school systems to assess only those students reported for state full time equivalent (FTE) funds. State assessment results for each student must be reported back to the school that earns their FTE funding.
- If testing services were offered to students not enrolled in the district, the scores for those students would be included in school- and system-level results by the testing vendor. This would potentially affect the integrity and accuracy of these reports, particularly at the school level.
- State assessments are based upon the Georgia Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) or the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Thus, it is not appropriate to administer these assessments to students who do not receive instruction based upon the QCC or GPS.
- In the interest of consistency with other Georgia school systems, DeKalb County Schools has informally surveyed its neighboring “peer” systems and the results indicate that these systems do not offer state assessment services to students other than those enrolled.
To view the list of local school system GHP coordinators, and to access general information pertaining to the program and the nomination process, please visit the GHP website.
The Home School program does not issue work release forms. Please contact Ms. Joyce Johnson at 678.676.0173, for information regarding this process.
Blue Print Education
410.243.6030 / 888.487.4652
Christa McAuliffe Academy
Citizens High School
Home Study International
301.680.6570 / 800.782.4769
Indiana University School of Continuing Studies
James Madison High School
770.729.8400 / 800.223.4542
Keystone National High School
Laurel Springs School
Learning and Evaluation Center
Louisiana State University
North Dakota Division of Independent Study
Professional Career Development Institute
Richard Milburn High School
Oak Meadow School
Seton Home Study School
Texas Tech University
University of Arizona Extended Study
University of California Extension
University of Idaho
University of Wisconsin Learning Innovations
Greenville, SC 29614-0062
800.845.5731 / e-mail
provides curriculum and test materials
Core Curriculum of America
14503 South Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
sells home school products
engineering/science-based curriculum, K–12
598 Newlin Court
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
770.339.4613 / e-mail
year-round, private/small grouped classes
26801 Pine Avenue
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
provides programs for home school, K–12
Home Study International
P. O. Box 4437
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20914-4437
courses and programs, preschool–college
The Sound of Music
1980 Buford Highway
Buford, GA 30518
offers music lessons (private and group)
materials and resources
141 Massengale Road
Brooks, Georgia 30205
770.461.3657 / e-mail
North Georgia Home Education Association
P. O. Box 5545
Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia 30742
706.861.1795 / e-mail
provides beginner’s packet; mail or e-mail
Atlanta Alternative Education Network (AAEN)
Information on the required nationally standardized testing programs may be obtained from sources below, from the local public library, or the home education support groups.
Some private school administrators may be willing to assist home study parents in obtaining and administering the required tests. State law does not require public school systems to provide testing services. However, if a local school system voluntarily wishes to offer a service to parents for testing students not enrolled in that school system, the test instruments and materials used for these students should not be paid for with state funds. In addition, careful consideration should be given to keeping this test data separate from that of the public school system so that validity of the public school reports will not be compromised in any way.
- Place the student according to records of prior educational programs for a probationary period of time covering at least one grading period. If the students show satisfactory performance, transfer credit is awarded.
- Administer standardized or locally developed tests to the student and place the student according to the test results.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)