Effective July 1, 2012, home school Declaration of Intents are now submitted to the Department of Education (GaDOE).
The GaDOE web-based system is located on GaDOE’s home school webpage. To find the home school webpage, go to the GaDOE webpage at http://www.gadoe.org. After you open the GaDOE webpage, scroll down to the “Parents” section and choose the “Home Schools” link. You can also find the home school webpage using the search engine at the top-right corner of your screen. Simply search for “home school” and it will direct you to the home school webpage. Additional information about home schooling and how to submit home school documentation is available on the home school webpage.
For parents/guardians who do not wish to utilize the web-based system, the GaDOE will also provide for the paper submittal of home school documentation. Parents/guardians may submit their home school documentation via mail or fax to the GaDOE at the contact information below:
Georgia Department of Education
Home School Division
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1754 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Fax: (404) 676-5744
Pursuant to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690), the following are requirements for home study programs:
- Effective July 1, 2012, parents or guardians who wish to teach their children at home in a home study program must annually submit to the Georgia Department of Education a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program by September 1 or within 30 days after a program is established. The Georgia Department of Education will provide for electronic submittal of the Declaration of Intent. Please see the information below on how to submit the Declaration of Intent.
- 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. The district field is optional (school district which your child should attend), if parents choose not to supply this information please note that The Georgia Department of Education will be unable to report back to Forsyth County Schools that your child is being home schooled and your child will be reported as a dropout.
- 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 equivalency diploma (GED). Parents or guardians may also employ a tutor who holds at least a high school diploma or a 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 4-1/2 hours of instruction per day unless the child is physically unable to comply with this requirement.
- As of July 1, 2013, you are no longer required to submit attendance to the Georgia Department of Education. For driving permits or licenses all that is needed is the Declaration of Intent with a 36 character parent signature. This document replaces the Certificate of Attendance and should be submitted with all other Driver Service's required documents to obtain a driving permit or license.
- 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.
- 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.
Effective July 1, 2013
Pursuant to HB 283 (2013), the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is initiating the following procedure for students between the ages of 12 and 18 years and who are participants of a Home Study Program. All applications (Click here for FORM) and required documents must be submitted to GDOL electronically by email or fax, or online (for the Employment Certification for Minors Under 18).
- Parent(s)/guardian or Minor completes Section A and Employer completes Section B of the online Employment Certification for Minors Under Age 18. The online form will not be processed until GDOL receives the documents requested in paragraph 2.
- Parent/guardian submits to GDOL a copy of the following: Certified birth certificate of the minor child; and either Department of Education Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program; or GDOL Home Study Program Students - Declaration for Employment Certificate form.
- GDOL will review all submitted documents for compliance. If the submitted documents are approved, GDOL will: Complete Section C of the online Work Permit; and provide parent with a completed copy of the Work Permit via email or fax.
- Documents required must be faxed to 404-232-3264.
Curriculum and Instruction
To Register in a Forsyth County Public School, please call the Registration Center at 678-947-0863, Ext 0 to make an appointment to register your child.