Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship


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SB-10 Special Needs Scholarship Program

Supporting Georgia's Special Needs ScholarshipQuestions? Supporting Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship is a community-supported group. This group is not affiliated with the Georgia Department of Education but works to help with any questions families may have.

Find parent tips, information about changes to the program (the passing of SB 47 in June 2021), and how to use the calculator at this website published in July 2021:  https://www.georgiaspecialneeds.com/

 

What is the program?

(Source: https://www.fultonschools.org/domain/1376)

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public ​schools​ who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

​If a student meets the eligibility criteria (on the right) for the GSNS Program; a parent/guardian has the right to request a transfer from a student’s current public school to:

Public School Choice / Intra-School Transfer Options

A parent can request a transfer to another public school within their school system as long as there is available space at that school and the school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program (IEP). In addition, the specific program within the school must also have available space. If a parent chooses this option, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation. To apply for this option, a parent must complete and submit the online SB-10 In-System Transfer Request.

All requests must be submitted electronically using the button below. The transfer application must be received by the Fulton County School District no later than May 1, 2021. All transfer decisions will be communicated by June 30, 2021.

Private School Choice Option

If you are interested in transferring your child to a private school in Georgia, you may be able to take advantage of a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. These scholarships provide funding that can be used to offset tuition costs at participating private schools in the state of Georgia.  Eligibility will be determined by using the scholarship calculator on the GSNS website. For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the parent application process, please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website

Inter-District Transfer​s (Outside of School System) Option

A parent may request a transfer to a school in another school system if there is available space and the system and school has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s existing individualized education program.  If the parent chooses this option and the school system accepts the child, then the parent shall be responsible for transportation to a school in that system.

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GaDOE Calculator: https://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx

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