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.
City Academy is a fully accredited school that couples on-campus instruction with home-learning days to create a hybrid model giving families the best of both worlds. Professional teachers lead on-campus instruction and provide guided, engaging lesson plans for home-learning days, creating a dynamic learning partnership. For grades K-8.
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. Fernbank is currently closed but is expected to reopen in July 2021.
Teletherapy services for articulation, listening comprehension, word retrieval, language organization and formulation, phonological awareness, rapid naming, decoding, reading comprehension, working memory, written language, and more. Work with a speech-language pathologist utilizing systematic and multisensory language/literacy approaches. First virtual session is free.
Hearts Academy of Excellence has supported the homeschool community since 2005, providing a la carte classes OR a full program for Pre-K-12th. Qualified tutors
partner with parents for academic excellence and godly character in a nurturing community. Students attend two days per week and parents oversee work on alternate days. Video classes now also available. Sports, science and history fairs and a myriad of extra-curricular activities open to all homeschool students.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum provides a meaningful experience for homeschool students. Bring them to the Museum where ages 16 and younger are always free! Museum exhibits provide unique opportunities for students to learn about the nation’s 39th President. For reservation requests, please visit jimmycarterlibrary.gov/education/school_tours_and_programs. The Museum is currently closed; check website for reopening updates.
Living Science is 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.
Southern Museum provides a Homeschool Workshop Series where families can investigate STEAM-Powered fun. Discover new train-themed concepts and apply them to your own invention, art project, machine or game. Workshops are multidisciplinary and can include hands-on projects, games, guided activities, tours and demonstrations. Program is included in Museum admission and free for members on the second Wednesday of each month during the school year.
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.
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. Zoo Atlanta is your partner in homeschooling! For information visit zooatlanta.org/program-type/homeschool-academy.
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% 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.