McDONOUGH — Gov. Brian Kemp has officially declared Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 as Georgia School Choice Week.

The week highlights parents’ ability to choose several ways to educate their children from public and private schools to online, homeschooling and public charter and magnet schools.

Through Feb. 28 in Henry County parents have the option to apply to transfer their children to another school in the district for the 2020-21 school year. Transfer requests will be approved or denied via a lottery. Proof of residency must accompany any submitted application. Proof includes property tax statement, rental or lease agreement with signatures or a gas/electric/cable/water/sanitation bill or letter of service.

Parents can choose to transfer to the following schools:

Elementary Schools

Austin Road


Cotton Indian

East Lake





New Hope

Pate’s Creek

Pleasant Grove

Rocky Creek

Red Oak

Stockbridge (K–3rd)

Smith Barnes (4th–5th)

Timber Ridge

Walnut Creek


Middle Schools

Austin Road




High Schools


Locust Grove





Public School Choice Transfer Request Applications can be downloaded and printed from the HCS website at Completed applications can be hand-delivered or mailed to Henry County Schools, Family Services Department, 33 North Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough. They can also be submitted by email to Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 28.

According to the Governor’s Office, nearly 2,000 events are planned throughout the state to celebrate school choice.

“We’re encouraged that so many Georgia families want to raise awareness about school choice, and we’re grateful to Gov. Kemp for supporting them,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Every child is unique, and parents know their children better than anyone else. We hope School Choice Week empowers parents in Georgia and elsewhere to find the best educational fit for their child.”

For more information about school choice in Henry County, call the Department of Family Services at 770-957-6601 or visit

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