Essential Resources for Homeschooling and Hybrid Schooling in Atlanta
Is homeschooling or hybrid schooling right for your family? Read on to learn more about the requirements for homeschooling, information on hybrid schooling and additional resources.
Resources for parents, families and children pursuing the homeschool option for education.
Offers a la carte, hybrid, and full-time options for students in K-12. They offer families flexibility, affordable tuition, GAC accreditation, small group tutoring all in an amazingly unique and loving school environment.
A recognized leader in STEM education in Georgia, Living Science helps homeschool families nurture students’ natural curiosity about the world around them into a lifelong love of learning while developing the skills they need for success.
Help your students get a head start and save money on college by taking online core classes while still in high school. eCore courses offer free online tutoring and are supported by student success coaches, all through public University System of Georgia schools.
Provides personal safety and self-defense training workshops for children and teens that equip them to protect themselves. The training teaches kids to recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations and escape attackers.
Don’t miss Roswell Homeschool Day September 7, at A Southern Trilogy: Roswell’s Historic House Museums. Tour the homes and experience life in the 1800s. Demonstrations and hands on activities.
Teaching from a Biblical worldview, Timothy Ministry is a one-day per week hybrid homeschool offering academic and enrichment classes for students in K through 12th grades.
The Homeschool Workshop Series features multidisciplinary workshops with interactive projects, guided activities, tours, or demonstrations. Lessons are S.T.E.A.M.-powered, including science, technology, engineering, art and math, plus history.
A unique two-hour program that explores animal and science concepts in an engaging, interactive environment. Programs are grade-appropriate and include hands-on, minds-on STEM activities, tours and more.
Basic Requirements for Homeschooling
Visit Georgia Department of Education for a complete list of rules and other information.
- Homeschool parents or guardians in Georgia must submit a “Declaration of Intent” to home school annually to the Georgia Department of Education by Sept. 1 or within 30 days of starting to a homeschool program
- They must provide a basic academic educational program which includes mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Reading.
- Each family must decide which curriculum is best for their child and purchase the curriculum on their own.
- Parents or guardians must have at least a high school diploma or GED.
What Is a Hybrid School?
About 20 percent of homeschooling families enroll their kids in a hybrid school.
These hybrid schools typically offer a full range of academic courses, with kids attending classes a few days a week on a campus and doing school work at home the other days. Most are accredited and provide the services of a traditional school: standardized testing support or testing to measure progress, grades, transcripts, labs, extracurricular activities and social interaction with peers.
The King’s Academy in Woodstock, opened in 1999, is perhaps the first K-12 hybrid school in Georgia, now educating 975 students. Classes meet two days a week and students do teacher-assigned studies at home the other days, with the school holding parents and students accountable for completing the work. The school is accredited, and students graduate with a transcript and diploma, just as they would in a traditional school.
“To us it is the best of both worlds. The advantage of hybrid schooling is parents are still getting to be a huge influence in their children’s lives during the week, because the kids are at home with them, but the kids are getting the experience of a classroom and learning under a teacher,” says Kristi Brannen, Head of School at the academy. “It takes a huge burden off the parents who don’t have to research and teach the curriculum.”
Students at the academy also participate in activities typical of a traditional school, including visual arts, yearbook, clubs, drama, choir, band, sports and even Army JROTC.
A sampling of other hybrid schools in metro Atlanta includes The Academy of Dunwoody, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Regina Caeli, Rivers Academy, The School of the Seven Sages, Veritas Classical Schools and Canton Homeschool Resources.
Some traditional private schools also offer a hybrid version, accepting homeschool students who attend class a couple of days a week. Mount Paran Christian School just announced a hybrid program for kindergartners and first-graders, who would attend classes on the campus 2.5 days per week, while being homeschooled other days.