Homeschooling In Georgia

georgia homeschoolingSince this is a homeschool-online blog, and we are located in the state of Georgia… I thought that I would take just a second to review the laws that were passed regarding homeschooling this year. The laws that were passed went into effect for this school year, and make it even easier to homeschool your children in the state of Georgia.

1) Homeschoolers are no longer required to submit attendance records to their school superintendent. This makes it so much easier! Homeschoolers are still required to submit their intent to homeschool form, however, that can now be done online! Just click the link and you’re halfway there. This is definitely a load off of homeschoolers.

2) Even though parents are not required to submit the attendance record, it is required to be in their homeschooled student’s file. Thus, parents are required to keep a comprehensive file on their homeschool students. These records should contain:

  • annual attendance record
  • annual assessment for reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science
  • standardized test results administered every 3 years starting in the third grade

3) Another change in the law simply verifies that parents have the right to create any document regarding their child’s homeschool study to verify that they are homeschooling. This includes constructing transcripts, progress reports, and report cards.  These documents can be used to verify:

  • attendance for DDS (driving) requirements for permits and licenses
  • work permits for employment
  • receipt of state or federal assistance
  • requirements for universities, colleges, and technical schools
  • and for any other reason that may require verification of compliance to state law regarding attendance and grades

The bottom line here is that the state will no longer generate compliance forms for homeschoolers. I believe these contractions of their governance on homeschoolers have been limited to alleviate personnel requirements and paperwork. For whatever reason, I am glad that parents are given more authority in this area.

4) Finally, ACCEL funds are available for unaccredited homeschoolers that are interested in Dual Enrollment. This is great! That means if your high schooler wants to participate in dual enrollment they no longer have to be enrolled in an accredited homeschool. However, there are some fees and books that may not be covered, but no exceptional homeschool requirements.

Homeschooling in the South

As Georgia natives, our family is through and through “Southern.” We enjoy living in the South, yet even with all the charm and beauty, we love the hilarious references to it. My husband and I were recently on a weekend away, and ran across this one. I love it…
The South
(Thee Sow-th) noun
The place where… 1)tea is sweet and accents are sweeter, 2)summer starts in April, 3)macaroni and cheese is a vegetable, 4)front porches are wide and words are long, 5) pecan pie is a staple, 6) ya’ll is the only proper noun, 7)chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy, 8)everything is darlin’, and 9) someone’s heart is always bein’ blessed.

funny – yet so acurate… but I would like to add #10.
…AND homeschoolers are always welcome!

I haven’t always lived in the South. I grew up in one of the Northern states. During that time, that state was not very friendly to homeschoolers. There were many things that needed to be done, including a yearly portfolio that the board of education would review. Seeing the difference between that state’s requirements, and the requirements of homeschoolers in Georgia makes me truly thankful for the freedom we have. Homeschooling in Georgia is wonderful. There are many people that homeschool here, and it seems the number is growing all the time. We meet them everywhere. It is so encouraging to meet new homeschoolers.

I love finding a new homeschooling friend, and picking their brains for new ideas, or resources that they use. Each homeschooling family that I meet has their own unique and wonderful way that they go about it. The educational differences are amazing, but they get the job done – and with great success! Homeschoolers use everything from on line programs to great text resources, from Georgia state games to visiting some of our excellent state parks. It never ceases to amaze me – that wonderful sub culture of homeschoolers!

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