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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Georgia

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Georgia and enrolling your children in school in Georgia, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Georgia as an expat can seem like a daunting task, especially if you're unfamiliar with the process. However, with the right preparation and understanding of the necessary steps, it can be a smooth and straightforward process. You will need to have certain documents ready, such as proof of residency, your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and previous school records. It's also important to understand the specific requirements and deadlines of the school district you're moving into. This guide will walk you through the process of enrolling your child in a public school in Georgia.

  1. Research the School District: Before you can enroll your child, you need to know which school district you fall under. This is usually determined by your residential address. You can find this information on the Georgia Department of Education's website.
  2. Prepare the Necessary Documents: Gather all the necessary documents for enrollment. This typically includes your child's birth certificate, proof of residency (like a lease or utility bill), your child's social security card (if they have one), immunization records, and any relevant academic records from previous schools.
  3. Check Enrollment Dates: Each school district in Georgia has specific enrollment dates. Make sure you're aware of these dates to avoid any delays or complications. You can find this information on your school district's website.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Form: Most school districts in Georgia have an online enrollment form that you can fill out. This form will ask for basic information about your child, such as their name, date of birth, and previous school information. It will also ask for your contact information.
  5. Submit the Enrollment Form and Documents: After you've completed the enrollment form, you'll need to submit it along with all the necessary documents. This can usually be done online, but some school districts may require you to submit these in person.
  6. Attend the Enrollment Appointment: Some school districts in Georgia require an enrollment appointment. During this appointment, a school representative will review your documents and confirm your child's enrollment. Make sure to bring all original documents with you to this appointment.
  7. Wait for Confirmation: After you've submitted all the necessary documents and attended the enrollment appointment, you'll need to wait for confirmation of your child's enrollment. This can take a few days to a few weeks, depending on the school district.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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