Senate Bill 10 – Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

  • Students Receiving Special Education Services

    The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Law of 2007 affords parents of students who receive special education services the choice to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia.

    You may apply to transfer to another public school within the Paulding County School District.  Your application will be evaluated based upon availability of space and/or the ability to implement the student’s IEP as currently written (Grades 1–12). If your application is approved, you will be responsible for transporting your child to and from school. Transportation is not provided. The student will be allowed to complete all grades at that school.  For example, if a student is granted a transfer request to a middle school that serves grades 6-8, the transfer request would apply to the student’s attendance through grade 8. If you wish to apply for school choice at the next school level, another application would need to be filed. 

    If you choose to transfer to a school outside of the Paulding County School District, please contact the desired school system for information and their application deadlines. 

    You may also apply to transfer to one of the State schools for the deaf and/or blind operated by the State Board of Education. Acceptance will depend on whether this setting is appropriate for your child’s needs. Transportation is not provided. Please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at for more information.

    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. For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the application process, please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at

    Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

    • Eligibility Criteria 1- A student have must a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year; and
    • Eligibility Criteria 2- A student was enrolled and completed the 2020–2021 school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through 12th. If a student attended a private school through the Special Needs Scholarship Program during the 2020–2021 school year, a parent/guardian is eligible for public school choice options for the 2021–2022 school year; and
    • Eligibility Criteria 3- A student was reported attending a Georgia public school by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2020 and March 2021; and
    • Eligibility Criteria 4 - A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS Program. A student must have received special education services at some point during the 2020–2021 school year through an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2020 OR March 2021 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the 2020–2021 school year.


    For more information, follow the link below to the Georgia Department of Education’s website or contact the Student Services Department/Paulding County School District.
    GA DOE website

    Student Services Department:


    Application Window

    Feb. 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM until Feb. 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM


    School Choice requests for currently enrolled students in grades K-11 must be made through Parent Portal under the “More” option from the Index. Simply log in to the Parent Portal, select "More" and proceed with the application.

    Parent Portal instructions may downloaded from the right column of this page.

    School Choice Options under SB10

    Attention parents, under SB 10 for the 2021-2022 school year, the following schools are receiving school choice students.

    Elementary Schools

    Middle Schools

    High Schools



    East Paulding





    Herschel Jones

    Paulding County



    South Paulding





    South Paulding


    New Georgia














Parent Portal Instructions

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