The following are requirements for home study programs:
- Parent or guardian must annually submit to the superintendent of the local
school district a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program by
September 1 or within 30 days after a program is established. The local school
superintendent will provide a form upon request for this purpose to be returned
to that office.
- 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 development (GED) equivalency diploma,
but the parents or guardians may employ a tutor who holds at least a high school
diploma or a general education diploma 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.
- Monthly attendance reports must be sent to the local superintendent at the
end of each month. The local school superintendent 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.
- 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.
For additional information contact the local school superintendent, visiting
teacher, attendance officer, or other designee. If further information is
needed, contact the Georgia Department of Education at (404) 656-2800 or (800)