- another public school within your district of residence, or
- another public school outside your district of residence, or
- one of three state schools for the blind or deaf, or
- a private school authorized to participate in the scholarship program
if you believe your child would be better served.
If you are interested in offsetting the costs of sending your child to a private school, you must select a private school that participates in the Georgia Specials Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program. To qualify for the GSNS Program, your child must meet the following requirements:
- A student must have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
- A student was enrolled and attended a Georgia public school (grades K-12) the entire 2012-2013 school year. Pre-school special education students do not quality. A student must complete a full year in kindergarten before he/she can be eligible.
- A student was reported by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2012-2013 and March 2013 by public schools.
- A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the scholarship program. A student *must* have received special education services at some point during the 2012-2013 school year under an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2013 or March 2013 student counts or in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the school year.
Scholarship funds received through the GSNS Program can only be used to offset tuition and fees at a private school authorized by the State Board of Education. Funds *cannot* be used to offset the costs of out of district tuition, charter schools or other options available under public school choice.
The deadline to have a student enrolled in a private school through the GSNS Program for the 2013-2014 school year is September 16, 2013. No exceptions.
For more information about the scholarship program or if you need assistance with your child’s IEP , please contact DJ@Jeylaw.com at Jeyaram & Associates.