• 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 Gordon 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 Gordon 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.    Please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Specal-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx 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 www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Specal-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx.

    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 2018 – 2019 school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through twelfth. If a student attended a private school through the Special Needs Scholarship Program during the 2018 – 2019 school year, a parent/guardian is eligible for public school choice options for the 2019 – 2020 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 2018 and March 2019; 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 2018 – 2019 school year through an IEP.   A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2018 OR March 2019 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the 2018 – 2019 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:  studentservices@paulding.k12.ga.us


    Online Application
    Georgia Public School Transfer Request Form
    - Form opens on February 22nd