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.
Home Study Programs
- 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.
If further information is needed, contact the Georgia Department of Education [ http://www.doe.k12.ga.us ] at 404.656.2093.