Homeschooling in Maryland

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Explore the homeschooling options available in Maryland with this article. Check out state regulations and discover helpful resources to make homeschooling easier.

Homeschooling Options in Maryland

Before you begin homeschooling in Maryland, you must get in contact with the home school coordinator associated with your local school district and fill out a Home Schooling Notification Form. This notice has to be filed at least 15 days before you start homeschooling. Homeschoolers must then contact the superintendent every year that they plan to continue homeschooling. Currently, the state of Maryland requires children to attend school from the ages of 5-16, however, starting in July of 2017 children will need to take part in school until the age of 18.

The state of Maryland offers 3 options for parents who are interested in homeschooling their children.

Local School System Supervision

This option allows homeschooling families to work with their local schools to ensure their children are meeting educational requirements. You will need to keep track of your children's progress in the following subject areas:

  • English language arts
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematics
  • Art and music
  • Health and physical education

You can use these homeschool courses to help your children stay on track in their education. These online courses cover all of the major subject areas required by Maryland. Younger kids can work on their social studies, science, English language arts and math skills with these specially designed options. All of these courses include assessments that you can use to test your children's comprehension of subject matter. You can also take advantage of the course dashboard to track their progress.

The school district will review the information you keep at the end of every semester. Your school district representative will also meet with you to talk about the educational program you're using and to observe you instructing your children.

Correspondence Courses Supervised by a Church Organization

If you use this educational option, you will not receive supervision from the local school district. Instead, you will need to have yearly visits from the organization that operates the correspondence course you're using in order to make sure your children are progressing. These organizations must offer you:

  • Textbooks and lessons
  • Instructional equipment and materials

You will need to meet with the organization before enrolling your children. Additional meetings will be required during the time your children are enrolled.

Correspondence Courses Supervised by State Approved Nonpublic Schools

You will be assigned a school-based teacher to help you if you choose this method of homeschooling. This teacher will provide aid in administering the correspondence courses. He or she will also check the educational progress of your children throughout the time they are enrolled. This option requires the nonpublic school to provide you with textbooks and other educational resources.

Parent Qualifications, Testing, and Diplomas

Maryland does not require you to possess any special education to teach your children at home. Homeschooled students do not have to complete standardized testing, though they can if they wish. Achieving high scores on these tests might be necessary, especially if your children are interested in attending college. Check out these study guides to give your children a chance to go over what they need to know before taking these exams:

Keep in mind that Maryland does not offer high school diplomas to homeschooled students. If you use a nonpublic or church school, they may provide diplomas, but these are not interchangeable with those given by the state. Your children can complete the GED if they are interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma. They can get the help they need to review the information covered by this exam with this GED Study Guide.

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