GEORGIA Laws

The Georgia home study code covers all counties in GA. For your protection and the protection of the homeschool community, you should make sure you read and follow the law.

Please note that homeschooling in the United States is regulated at the state level and the laws can be very different from state to state. You need to know and understand the laws and legal requirements for your state.

NOTE! Effective July 1, 2013. The homeschool law has been changed and attendance no longer needs to be submitted to the local superintendent or State Board of Education. Also, parents have also been restored the authority to generate documents that verify that their home study program is in or has been in compliance with the Georgia home study law.

  •  All attendance reporting to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) or to the local superintendent has been removed from the law.
  • Attendance reports are no longer required and are no longer submitted to the DOE or any local school superintendent.
  • Beginning July 1, 2013 and thereafter, parents or guardians are ONLY required to submit an annual Letter of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program.

You can submit the annual letter of intent online at the DOE website. You may also submit this form by mail.  The best and easiest way to do this is by using the online form at the DOE website.   Make sure you make copies of your DOI!

You can also file by mail. Make sure you make copies of your form as this is your official record for homeschooling in Georgia.

Click here for the Printable Declaration of Intent

Fax to: 404 656-5744

OR Mail the form to:

Georgia Dept of Education
Home School Division
Suite 2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30334

 These are the records that parents must keep in their school files:

  •  An annual attendance record. 
  • An annual assessment report for reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
  • Test results from standardized testing required to be administered every 3 years starting in the third grade.

 These records must be kept for a minimum of 3 years. It is recommended that you keep them at least for the duration of your homeschooling years. It may be prudent to keep them longer to prove school attendance.

 Although not explicitly required by law to keep formal attendance records showing 180, 4.5 hour school days or the equivalent, it is recommended that you do have a record of daily attendance and keep it with your school files. 

What benefit is keeping this information besides the legal requirement? One, if you are ever asked by a Judge (accused of neglecting their education, for example) these records prove you have been home educating and fulfilling the law. Second, if you need to put together a portfolio for your children returning to a traditional school or ultimately, college, this will help you put together those requested materials.

Homeschool Laws

HSLDAhttp://hslda.org – Probably the most up to date information on homeschool laws in Georgia. Christian legal defense organization.

G.H.E.A – Georgia Home Education Association – Christian Georgia statewide organization.