To Homeschool your children legally in the state of Georgia you must adhere to the following:
1. Present a Declaration of Intent
The parent or guardian must present a “Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Homeschool Program” to the county’s superintendent prior to September 1 of each year. If the switch to homeschooling occurs within the middle of a school year the Declaration of Intent must be present within thirty days of starting school at home. Most counties will provide an official form at the superintendent’s office that can easily be filled out. This Declaration must include the names of all the students involved along with their ages, address of the program, and dates that constitute the school year.
2. Parents or Guardians may teach only their children.
However, a tutor may be hired by said parents or guardians. And the parents, guardians, or tutors must possess a High School Diploma or a GED (General Educational Development Equivalency Diploma).
3. The Homeschool Program must consist of a “Basic Academic Educational Program.”
The curriculum must include reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. These subjects are the bare minimum. More subjects, such as art, music, religious studies, physical education, etc. may included.
4. The School year must be a minimum of 180 days.
A school day is defined as being at least four and half hours of instruction. Exceptions can be made if the student is physically unable to comply.
5. Attendance Records must be kept.
These Attendance reports must be sent to the superintendent’s office at the end of each month. Proper forms are provided when requested at the office.
6. Each child must take a nationally recognized standardized test every three years.
Testing begins in third grade and the tests must be administered by a proper proctor. The results of these tests must be kept on file by the parents.
7. Finally, the parent or guardian must keep an annual progress report for each required subject.
The progress reports, or portfolios, must be kept on file for at least three years.
8. Further questions can be presented to the local superintendent’s office.
Homeschools, Georgia Department of Education
Georgia, Homeschool Legal Defense Association