GEORGIA HOMESCHOOL LAWS

NOTE: The reporting law has changed. This page will be updated soon.

  1. Parents must submit a declaration of intent to homeschool to the local school superintendent thirty (30) days after the establishment of the home study program and by Sept. 1 every year thereafter.This declaration must include the names and ages of students, the location of the homeschool, and the time the parents designate as their school year.
     
  2. All children between his or her 6th and 16th birthday must attend school.  Children under 6 who have attended school for at least 20 days are also subject to compulsory attendance requirements.
     
  3. A school day must be at least 4.5 hours and a school year 180 days in length.
     
  4. Attendance records must be kept and submitted to the local school superintendent monthly. If a child is under 6 and has not previously been enrolled in a public school for 20 or more days, there is no need to report their attendance. If a child is under 6 and has not previously been enrolled in a public school for 20 or more days, there is no need to report their attendance.
     
  5. The "teaching parent" must have at least a high school diploma or a GED, or the parents may employ a private tutor who has a high school diploma or GED.
     
  6. Progress reports must be written annually and retained for three (3) years.
     
  7. Homeschool students must take a national standardized test every three years beginning at the end of third grade.  Test scores do not have to be submitted to public school authorities.
     
  8. A basic academic educational program that includes, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, math, social studies,and science must be taught.

 

Visit www.ghea.org or www.heir.org for more details and forms.