Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program Transfer (Senate Bill 10)
As a provision of the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNSP), parents or guardians of students with disabilities who receive special education services may choose to transfer their child to another public school in the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) or to a participating private school, subject to the below Eligibility Criteria.
Parents or guardians wishing to transfer their student with disabilities to a private school under the GSNSP should visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website for a list of private schools and requirements for enrollment at http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx
Parents or guardians may request a transfer to another MCSD school under the GSNSP 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).
Eligibility Criteria to participate in the GSNSP is as follows:
Military families may be exempt from these eligibility requirements by completing the Application Form for Military Students located on the GaDOE Georgia Special Needs Scholarship website.
Students with 504 Plans are not eligible for a GSNSP Transfer.
If the parent or guardian chooses to transfer their student to another public school, the parent or guardian is responsible for providing transportation.
Students and parents or guardians should be aware that school transfers may affect the student’s eligibility to participate in athletic and extracurricular activities, which are governed by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). Parents should verify whether GHSA requirements may affect their child’s eligibility, before submitting a school transfer request.
For more information, please visit the GaDOE website at http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx
The GSNSP transfer application window for the 2019-2020 school year is from June 10, 2019 through June 24, 2019. Applications will not be considered after June 24th. The application form will be available when the transfer application period opens again next year.
Questions may be directed to the Division of the Program for Exceptional Students at 706-748-2230.