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.
Rated one of the top attractions in Atlanta, is a fascinating and educational experience for all ages. Using an innovative polymer preservation process, the Exhibition features more than 200 real human bodies and specimens from each system of the human body. Come explore, experience and celebrate the wonder of the human form.
Provides a meaningful experience for the homeschool students.Museum exhibits provide unique opportunities for students to learn about the nations’s 39th President. Ages 16 and under are always free. For reservations requests, please visit jimmycarterlibrary.gov/educational/school_tours_and_programs.
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 you know and trust. Learn more about dual enrollment with eCore at ecore.usg.edu/dualenrollment.
Where science truly becomes an adventure! The Fernbank Science Center offers amazing learning opportunities for homeschool students including a Science Olympiad and Bird Watching. Visit today and experience the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium, Exhibit Hall with live reptiles and the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory.
Come discover the history of Marietta by exploring the Marietta Fire Department Museum and the Marietta Museum of History. Located just off the Marietta Square, the museums provide an educational, enlightening, and entertaining experience for all visitors, especially the smallest ones! Our museums promote discovery, curiosity, inspiration and learning through our exhibits.
Serving the homeschool community since 1997. They offer programs in fine arts (music, art, history and drama) and classical academics in grades 4K through 12. Caring teachers create an environment for students to flourish by partnering with homeschool families, accepting students as they are, and inspiring life-long learning through a creative hands-on approach.
Partnered with Big Thought to build out STEAM-based curriculum for grades 3-12 which meets Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). the 90 minute educational STEAM Tours allow students to see all four levels of this state-of-the-art facility and learn about the architecture, engineering and technology. The Educational Program provides curriculum to be included in lesson plans.
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.