Starting a Private School in Georgia
Regulations, Resources, & Support
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Georgia State Regulations
There are no requirements for accreditation, registration, licensing, or approval of private schools in the state of Georgia, other than those who choose to participate in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship or Georgia Private School Tax Credit. More information is in the next section.
The Georgia Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Georgia.
Georgia requires home schooling be completed a parent or tutor, take standardized tests every 3 years, and submit annual progress reports to the state.
The Georgia DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State Funding Sources & Support
The state requires that private school students receive instruction in reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
Teacher certification is optional for nonpublic schools but schools that enroll students under the GSNS must employ teachers who hold at least a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of teaching experience.
Food Services / Lunch
Length of School Year
In order to meet the state’s compulsory school attendance law, students must attend 180 days of instruction every 12 months. A school day must be a minimum of 4.5 hours.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Private school administrators must report their enrollment to the local public school superintendent where the student resides within 30 days of the beginning of each school year. The reports must include the name, age, and residence of each student. Notice must be given monthly of any student’s admission or withdrawal from the school.
Healthy & Safety Requirements
Students must be immunized, and there is no religious exemption, and students must provide proof of vaccinations before enrolling.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will provide driving records of potential bus drivers to private schools at no cost.
Students participating in the GSNS program may be asked to take part in state testing.
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There’s plenty you can do to develop your own brand, starting right from your personal ideals and goals for your school.
Our curriculum pages include ideas on where to go to find materials, and different associations and educational models you may want to consider.
You need to know the requirements at both the federal level and for your state. Here are the basic details for every state.
Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.
Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.
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