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Home School

Georgia’s home study law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690) requires homeschool parents/guardians to provide a basic academic educational program which includes the five content areas below. You may also teach other content areas.​ 

  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Reading

Please understand

  • After you decide to begin a home study program, the most difficult decision is deciding which curriculum to use
  • The Georgia Department of Education does not endorse, promote or provide a curriculum for your home study program
  • Each parent/guardian must decide which curriculum is best for their child and then purchase the curriculum on their own
    • You may search the Internet for “homeschool curriculum reviews” and read what other people are saying about each curriculum so you can make an informed decision
    • It is advisable to choose your home study curriculum prior to registering your child/children by submitting the "Declaration of Intent" online
  • You must submit a declaration of Intent by September 1st or within 30 days after a home study program is established
    • You may employ a tutor
    • Parents must have a high school diploma or GED

Transfer Credits/Accredited Online Schools

SBOE §160-5-1-.15 Awarding Units of Credit and Acce​ptance of Transfer of Credits and/or Grades

Accredited School an elementary, middle or secondary school accredited by or holding provisional status from the Georgia Accrediting Commission, the Georgia Association of Christian Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Southern Association of Independent Schools and/or one of the accrediting agencies that is a member of the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council, and/or one of the regional accrediting agencies and their successors identified in O.C.G.A. § 20-3- 519(6)(B)

The Effingham County School District accepts transfer credits from:

  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • The Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC)
  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • The Alabama Independent School Association (AISA)
  • The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • The Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)

For more information regarding Home School from the
Georgia Department of Education please visit:

Re-Entering Public School after Home School

By electing a home school program, your student may be required to take academic testing upon re-entering into public school as a way to access profiency levels in all academic area.

Home School vs Online Public Charter School

Please note that the Georgia Cyber Academy and the Georgia Connections Academy are online public charter schools and are not affiliated with the home study program. If you are interested in these schools you must contact them directly.  ​

For more information: P: 404-656-3083 F: 770-344-4623