Students With Disabilities - Special Needs Transfers - Senate Bill 10

General Information

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:

  • A student have must a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
  • A student was enrolled and completed the prior school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through twelfth.
  • A student was reported as attending a Georgia public school by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October and March. (Must have been reported for both FTE counts.)
  • 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 prior school year through an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) as a student receiving special education services during the October or March FTE count or in the final Student Record report at the end of the year.

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.