Parents and guardians wishing to establish or continue utilizing the home school program must complete a declaration of intent form and return it within 30 days of the establishment/continuance of the home school program and by September 1 annually, thereafter. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain and file a new declaration of intent each year.
House Bills 39 and 706, passed during the 2012 legislative session and signed by the Governor, moved the responsibility of homeschool reporting from local school systems to the Georgia Department of Education beginning July 1, 2012. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) developed a web-based system to efficiently comply with the new homeschool requirements. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to use the web-based system to submit their homeschool Declaration of Intent and attendance records as doing so will save time and resources for both the parent/guardian and the GaDOE. The GaDOE web-based system is located on the GaDOE homeschool webpage at http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx. Additional information about homeschooling and how to submit homeschool documentation is available on the homeschool webpage. Please be advised that the GaDOE web-based system is not affiliated with any vendor offering services to homeschool parents/guardians.
For parents/guardians who do not wish to utilize the web-based system, the GaDOE will also allow paper submittal of homeschool documentation. Parents/guardians may submit their homeschool documentation via mail or fax to the GaDOE at the contact information below:
Georgia Department of Education
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1754 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Fax: (404) 463-0441
GaDOE homeschool webpage
The GaDOE will be responsible for issuing Certificates of Attendance for homeschool students that are eligible for a learner’s permit, driver’s license, work permit, or as needed for other purposes. Parents/guardians may request a Certificate of Attendance electronically using the web-based system or by contacting a GaDOE homeschool staff member.