Tallulah Falls School is joining the Georgia Independent Athletic Association (GIAA) beginning with the 2024-26 cycle. This decision to leave the GHSA for GIAA was made in December 2023.


  • Closely aligns with a private, independent education model of governance

  • Provides freedom in scheduling, including the number of contests in some sports, as well as scheduling out-of-state teams or teams not in their state association

  • Allows TFS to play many of our present GHSA public and private schools

  • Transfers from public schools are immediately eligible for interscholastic activities (GHSA requires day student transfers in grades 10-12 to sit out a year)

  • Boarding students are immediately eligible when transferring in any grade in high school (GHSA requires boarding students who transfer in grades 10-12 to be ineligible for varsity competition)


Who will be in our Region in GIAA 2024-26? 

Athens Christian, Bethlehem Christian, George Walton, Lakeview Academy, Loganville Christian, Riverside Prep, and TFS

Will we still play GHSA schools? 

Yes. We plan on scheduling GHSA public and private schools, GIAA, and out-of-state schools when appropriate.

About GIAA

The GIAA is an ancillary division of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). GISA advances excellence among its member schools through advocacy, professional growth, student engagement, and collaboration.

GISA is a non-profit association of private, independent K-12 schools throughout the state. The mission of GISA is to advance excellence and collaboration among Georgia’s independent schools by serving the professional growth, advocacy, academic, arts, and athletic needs of member schools. Each member school is unique while sharing a unified commitment to overall excellence, as well as the nurture and care of the physical, intellectual, social, and moral development of all students.

To better serve our association’s growing membership, a new GISA division was established in 2021, the Georgia Independent Athletic Association (GIAA).

This premier athletic league provides opportunities for athletic competitions encouraging each student athlete’s overall academic, spiritual, social, and physical development.