Homeschooling in Georgia

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Homeschooling regulations can be confusing and overwhelming, but we're here to help. The following article outlines some of the steps involved in registering your child for homeschooling in Georgia along with the curriculum, testing and graduation requirements.

Homeschooling Regulations in Georgia

Getting Started

In Georgia, children are required to attend school between the ages of 6 and 16, and homeschooling is one of the options. Keep in mind that you need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent in order to legally teach your child at home.

Prior to the start of each academic year, you should submit a notice to the Georgia Department of Education stating your plans to educate your child at home. The declaration should provide the intended dates for the beginning and end of your homeschool year, your student's name and age, your home address, and the name of the nearest school system. As described in the following sections, you are also required to follow the curriculum standards, assess your student's learning, and write an annual report illustrating your child's progress.

Required Curriculum

School days are expected to last at least 4.5 hours, and all students are required to receive a minimum of 180 days of instruction per school year. As a parental instructor, you will need to develop a curriculum that covers subjects including language arts, reading, social studies, science, and mathematics. To get started, offers a wide variety of resources for both parents and students in many subjects at different grade levels. Below are a few examples of the options available to supplement independent learning.

Elementary Level Middle School Level High School Level
*English Language Arts
*Social Studies
*3rd-5th Grade Math
*English Language Arts
*U.S. History
*World History
*Earth Science
*Life Science
*Physical Science
*AP English Literature
*World History
*U.S. History
*Algebra I
*Algebra II

Learning Assessments

In order to ensure that your child is learning the required curriculum, you'll be required to test your student once he or she completes third grade and every three years thereafter. This will help you assess what subject areas you need to work on with your student.

Some of the nationally standardized tests that can be used to meet this requirement include the Stanford Achievement Test, the California Achievement Test (CAT), and the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS). These test scores should be kept in your program records.

Progress Reports

As a parental instructor, it's also your responsibly to write an accurate and thorough annual report of your child's academic progress. However, you are not required to submit these documents to the school district or state education department unless specifically requested to do so. These reports can be used to keep track of your student's grades and course history. Transcripts will be required if your child wants to enroll in college later on, and your progress reports, along with any other test scores or academic records you keep, can be used to verify his or her academic background.

Granting a Diploma

As the main supervisor of your child's education, you also have the power to provide your student with a diploma. According to Georgia law, homeschool programs are given the same regard as private or public schools. The law also grants you, as the instructor, the right to evaluate your student's fulfillment of the necessary academic requirements. If your student has met these requirements and lives up to your program standards, you may issue him or her a diploma upon graduation.

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