Homeschooling in Georgia Legally
Accurate as of 6/30/2020
The main part of Georgia code that pertains to homeschoolers is: O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690, titled: Educational entities; requirements for private schools and home study programs in this portion of code:
TITLE 20. EDUCATION > CHAPTER 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION > ARTICLE 16. STUDENTS > PART 1. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE > SUBPART 2. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
It is available to read at LexisNexis.
The requirements from this section of code as they pertain to homeschoolers are:
1. Submit a Declaration of Intent (DOI). This is required every year by September 1 or within 30 days of establishing a homeschool. It can be done electronically at Georgia’s Department of Education’s website, or via mail. The mailing address is:
Home School Division
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
The required information to be included in the Declaration of Intent is the following:
List of children’s names and their ages
The local school system name (e.g. Gwinnett County, Dekalb County, Decatur)
The start and end of your school year for a 12 month period (e.g. Sept 1 2018 - August 31 2019).
Completing the DOI form on the website will provide you with a copy of your DOI with the addition of a digital parental signature. This digitally signed form must be used for your teen to get a driver’s permit or license. It’s also useful for educator discounts around Atlanta.
2. The person teaching your child must have at least a high school diploma or GED.
3. The following academic topics must be taught: “reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science”
4. In your 12 month “school year”, your child must get the “equivalent to 180 school days” in which each “school day” is a minimum of 4.5 hours. There is an exception to this rule for children who are physically unable to fulfill this requirement.
5. Your children must take a standardized test every three years starting at the end of their third grade. The test must be nationally recognized. The scores from the tests are to be kept by parents only.
6. An assessment report is to be written for your child each year. It should contain progress in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. This report must be kept for at least three years.
7. The code gives authority to parents to create documents required as educational evidence, such as homeschool enrollment, grades.