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Georgia Connections Academy Enrollment Checklist for the 2020-21 School Year

Thank you for considering Georgia Connections Academy for your child's education. Many families have found our online school program to be a better fit for their students. The information on this page will help you prepare for enrollment.

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Get Prepared for Enrollment

Do you have everything you need? Because Connections Academy is a public school, parents must submit state-required information and documentation for each student. You will save time and enrollment will go more smoothly if you are prepared!

Use the Enrollment Checklist below to gather the documents you will need. The checklist lists your state's requirements, plus tips to help you find documents you may not have. Once you have your documents ready, it’s easy to create an account and complete the enrollment forms in Connexus®, our online system.

Students who are currently expelled or suspended from their local school or district are not eligible to enroll.

What Documents to Have Ready

Please have the following documents available and ready to upload to Connexus:

Required Documents
The documents below are required for enrollment in Georgia Connections Academy. Please submit or transfer information from the following:

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Child's Proof of Age

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided for every student to verify age eligibility:

  • Official birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Certificate of live birth
  • Signed baptismal papers
  • Hospital certificate
  • Military ID
  • Student driver’s license

To avoid unnecessary delays, provide a copy of one of these official documents along with your enrollment documents. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the enrollment team at 800-382-6010 to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Not Sure Where to Get That?

As a reminder, the age eligibility is as follows:

  • Maximum Age: Students who have dropped out for one (1) or more quarters must be twenty (20) years old or younger by September 1 in the respective school enrollment year. For continuously enrolled students (regular ed and IDEA), the maximum age is twenty-one (21) years old or younger by September 1 in the respective school enrollment year.

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Proof of Residence (2 forms)

Two forms of proof of residency are required. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the enrollment team to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Not Sure What is Accepted as Proof?

The following items showing your name and address are acceptable documents to establish residency. Items marked with an asterisk (*) must be dated with the last 60 days.

One item from Column A and one time from Colum B are required.
Column A:

  • Current lease agreement (signed, showing terms of lease).
  • Mortgage statement (showing property address)*
  • Rent receipt (signed by property management, showing address)*
  • Settlement statement*
  • Deed
  • Most recent property tax statement
Column B:

  • Utility bill (electric, water, sewage or gas bill) showing service address*
  • Cable*
  • Internet*
  • Home telephone bill*

Important information regarding Proof of Residency documents:

  • The items chosen from Column A and B must have the same address
  • We cannot accept the following items as proof of residency: state or government ID, voter’s registration card, health insurance, cell phone bill or W-2
  • If none of the acceptable items are in your name, please contact the enrollment team at 1-800-382-6010 for assistance

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Child’s Proof of Immunization and Health Screenings

According to the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia law requires children attending school (Kindergarten–12th grade) to be age-appropriately immunized with all the required vaccines at the time of first entry in school. All students, regardless of grade, must have the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3231 immunization certificate marked “Complete for School”. Form 3231 is furnished by local health clinics or health care providers. Signature requiredForm 3231 must be marked "Complete for School" by a health care provider.

Not Sure What Immunizations Are Required?

For a complete list of immunizations required by the Georgia Department of Public Health, view the Summary of Georgia Immunization Requirements for School Attendance webpage.

Please refer to the Georgia Department of Health Immunization Section webpage for answers to many frequently asked questions.

Where Can I Get Immunizations for My Student?

Immunizations can be obtained from doctor’s offices, clinics, or hospitals. Pediatricians and family doctors or their nurses or medical assistants can give your student the shots they need to meet the requirements for school enrollment. In addition, some large chain pharmacies offer immunizations for older children and adults.

What if I Need Assistance Paying for Vaccines?

If you need assistance paying for shots/vaccinations, you may be able to get free or reduced immunizations through this program:

  • Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive pediatric vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
  • PeachCare for Kids Program is a comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia that provides state-supplied vaccines for children.
Immunization Exemptions

A student may be exempt from immunizations for medical reasons or religious beliefs. The following documents must be submitted for students seeking an exemption from immunizations:

  • Medical Exemption: Provide the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3231 immunization certificate signed by a health care provider. Form 3231 has an expiration date of no later than 12 months from the date of issue. There must be an annual review of the medical exemption and the certificate must be reissued with or without indication of the medical exemption.
  • Religious Exemptions: For a child to be exempt from immunizations on religious grounds, the parent or guardian must furnish the school with a notarized copy of Georgia Department of Public Health Form 2208. The form must meet the following criteria:
    • The form must be signed and dated by the parent/guardian.
    • The form must be notarized, dated, and signed by a Notary Public.
Required Health Screenings

All students, regardless of grade level, must provide certification of eye, ear, and dental examinations on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3300. Forms may be obtained and completed at your local public health clinic or physician's office.

Important Documents

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Prior Academic Records

All students who have previously attended public school, private school, or homeschool are eligible to enroll and will be requested to submit academic records for placement.

  • Report Card
    For students applying for grades 5–9: Please submit a copy of the report card from the most recent school year.

    The following items should be included on the report card:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019–20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
  • Unofficial Transcript
    For students applying for grades 10–12: Submit an unofficial transcript that includes the complete end-of-year grades from the prior school year and any academic documentation (such as a progress report/interim report, class schedule, or marking period/semester report card) issued for the current school year. Additional documentation may be requested for placement.

    The following items should be included on the unofficial transcript:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2019–20)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
    • Credits Earned
Not Sure How to Get Your Child’s Report Card or Transcript?

  • Contact your student's previous school and request the document, providing them with the information outlined above, OR contact your school's district office with the request.

If after attempting these steps you still cannot obtain your student's report card or transcript, please contact the academic placement services team at 800-382-6010 to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Have Your Child(ren) Been Formerly Homeschooled?

If your children are currently homeschooled, please complete one of the two documents below. These documents will be available to you in Connexus.

  • Prior Academic History Form
    For homeschooled students in grades 5–12: Complete the Prior Academic History Form indicating what courses were completed through a homeschool curriculum.

Other Documents for Special Circumstances

Though not applicable to all families, please submit the documentation requested if the information below is specific to your student.

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Other Documentation

You may need to provide additional documentation if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Custody order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy of the order.
  • Gifted Documentation: If you are requesting any Gifted and Talented programs, you will need to submit formal gifted documentation which may include a gifted IEP or EP, gifted report card, gifted testing results, or a gifted evaluation. This document is required for Gifted and Talented course placement.

  • Ready to Enroll?

    Once you have all of the required documentation (outlined above), you are ready to proceed with enrollment in Georgia Connections Academy.

Problems or Questions?

If you have any concerns or questions about how to enroll or use our Georgia virtual school enrollment checklist, our Enrollment Team is here to help. Please call us at 800-382-6010.

Georgia Connections Academy admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected classification.