Information about Home Study Programs

NEW REQUIREMENTS

***Attention all Home School parents: As of July 1, 2012, Franklin County Schools will no longer be coordinating home school services.  You must go through the Department of Education in order to register your child.

For questions concerning House Bill 39 please call the Department of Education at 404-656-2800 or Scott Meadows at (706)-353-3548 or scott@homeschoolcompliance.com

 

With these changes in mind, the following are the requirements that parents or guardians must follow in order to homeschool in Georgia:

•Parents or guardians of homeschoolers are required to submit a declaration of intent to homeschool within 30 days of establishing such a program and thereafter by September 1 each year. Compulsory attendance is for children between the ages of six and sixteen, but any child under seven who has been enrolled in public school for 20 days or more will need to submit a declaration of intent to homeschool.

•The declaration needs to list the names and ages of the students, the address of the home study program, and a statement of the 12-month period that is to be considered the school year.

•Parents or guardians may teach only their own children, and they must possess at least a high school diploma or GED, but they can employ a tutor who holds a high school diploma or GED.

•The law states, “The home study program shall provide a basic academic educational program which includes, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.”

•The home study program must provide instruction each 12 months to the students equivalent to 180 school days with each day consisting of at least 4.5 hours unless the child is physically unable to comply.

•Attendance records must be kept and submitted annually to the Department of Education.

•The law states, “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 reference tests…” beginning at the end of the third grade and every three years after that. The spokesperson at the DOE recommended that parents use a nationally recognized test. Homeschoolers can find a list of such tests here: http://www.ghea.org/pages/testing/standardizedTests.php. Note that a parent can administer the test after consulting with someone at the test’s publisher, or they could ask a local teacher to administer the test. The results of the tests do not need to be shared with anyone, and parents need only retain them for their own records.

•Finally, the home study program instructor needs to write an annual progress assessment report which will include her assessment of the student’s academic progress in each of the subject areas listed above, and parents need to retain these reports for at least three years.

Resources for Homeschool:

The following link takes you to the Georgia Department of Education Website:

http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/askdoe.aspx?PageReq=ASKHSResources


Georgia Virtual School

The Georgia Virtual School, an education initiative of the Department of Education, provides opportunities for Georgia students to engage in, Advanced Placement, College Preparatory, Career and Technical, and other electives online to enhance thier learning experiences.  Students can take classes during the regular school day for no cost under the State and local rules established to govern the program.  In addition, supplemental classes may be taken during fall, spring and summer semester for tuition.

http://www.gavirtualschool.org/

 

The Franklin County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Franklin County Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and all accompanying regulations.

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