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The Crisp County Board of Education participates in Child Find through its Program for Exceptional Children.  The Child Find mandate requires that all local educational agencies seek children between the ages of 3-21 who may be in of need Special Education services.

If a child is suspected if having a developmental problem, learning problem, or any other problem that inhibits academic or social growth, please contact the Crisp County Special Education Office at 229-276-3445.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (Senate Bill 10)
Under the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) law passed in 2007 (O.C.G.A. 20-2-2113), parent(s)/guardian(s) whose child meets the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship eligibility criteria have the right to request a public school transfer to:

  • Another public school within their district of residence; or
  • Another public school system outside their district of residence; or
  • To one of the three state schools for the blind or deaf

In order to qualify for the GSNS Program a child must meet the following requirements:

  • The student’s parent currently resides within Georgia and has been a Georgia resident for at least one calendar year; and
  • The student has spent the prior school year in attendance at a Georgia public school in grades K-12 and was in attendance for both the October and March full time enrollment counts; and
  • The student was served under an IEP written by the public school in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations during the prior school year.

Transfers Within a School District

A school district considering a transfer between schools must evaluate the request based on capacity at a requested school(s) and the availability of a program at a requested school(s) which is aligned with a student’s IEP. Capacity is defined in two ways:

  • Capacity of the school building based on established health and safety provisions; and
  • Class-size capacity by grade and subject, based on state law and rule.

Transfers Out of a School District

A school district considering a request for a transfer into its school system has the authority to approve or deny a public school transfer request for any reason. A school district considering a transfer can deny a request even if there is capacity and a program available that is aligned to the student’s IEP within its system. If a request is approved, a school district can charge parent(s) for the costs of educating a student from outside its school district.

Important: Transportation under this public school choice option is the responsibility of a parent.

Applications MUST BE COMPLETED ANNUALLY.  To obtain an application, please contact the Special Education Office at 229-276-3445. The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship deadline for the Crisp County School System is the last school day of August.