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Homeschool was recognized as a legal schooling option in Maryland in 1987. Since then a few amendments have been made to the homeschool law making it more favorable for homeschooling families. Today parents who wish to educate their children at home in Maryland can do so under the homeschool law or under the supervision of a church school or an approved private school.
Age of Required Attendance
The state of Maryland requires your child(ren) to attend school from the age of 5 to 16 years old. Legal schooling options include the following:
- public school
- private school
- umbrella school (i.e. educated at home under the supervision of a church school or approved private school)
(See legal reference 1: a(3) and a-1(c))
The Maryland Umbrella School Regulations are different from the homeschool regulations below.
Notify The School District
The Maryland Homeschool Law requires you to submit a Homeschool Notification Form. You must submit this form to your local superintendent 15 days before beginning to homeschool.
NOTE: You must submit a separate homeschool notification form for each child that you homeschool.
Every year that you chose to continue homeschooling you must notify the school district of your intent to continue.
NOTE: Each school district has a different method of notification for continuation. Make sure to check your school district’s website for more information or contact your local school.
(See legal reference 2: B)
If You Need To Withdraw Your Child
If your child is already attending a Maryland public school you will need to officially withdraw them before beginning to homeschool. In order to do so you must contact your local school and notify them that you will be withdrawing your child and beginning a homeschool program. You can do this by letter, e-mail or in person (don’t forget to fill out and submit a homeschool notification form).
The Maryland Homeschool Law does not require you to meet any specific qualifications.
Hours Of Instruction
The Maryland Homeschool Law requires you to teach on a regular basis during the school year. You must teach a minimum of as many hours as is necessary for the students to meet the standard achievement level for their grade.
(See legal reference 2: C(c))
The Maryland Homeschool Law requires you to teach the following 8 subjects:
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
(See legal reference 2: C(b))
The Maryland Homeschool Law requires you to keep a portfolio of each child’s work. Each portfolio must include relevant materials such as these:
- instructional materials
- reading materials
- examples of the child’s writings
- creative materials
(See legal reference 2: D (a-b))
The Maryland Homeschool Law requires you to meet with a representative of the school district to review each child’s portfolio. This review must take place at the end of each semester (no more than 3 times per year) at a time and place that both you and the representative agree on. The purpose of this review is for the representative to witness that each child is “receiving regular thorough instruction”.
(See legal reference 2: D(c) & 2(E))
NOTE: If the representative determines that your child is not receiving proper instruction than they will notify you in writing and give you 30 days to make improvements to your homeschool program. (See legal reference 3)
The Maryland Homeschool Law also allows homeschool students to participate in standardized testing administered by the local school. All you have to do is inform the school that you would like your child(ren) to participate.
(See legal reference 4)
Immunization Law For Maryland Homeschoolers
The state of Maryland does not require homeschool students to receive vaccinations.
Only students who attend school or who are homeschooling under an umbrella school must receive vaccinations and submit immunization records to the school.
(See legal reference 5)
Helpful Websites For Maryland Homeschoolers
For local support and information visit these Maryland homeschool websites:
- Age of Required Attendance and Exemptions; Maryland Education Code 7-301.
- Home Instruction Program; Code Of Maryland Regulations 13A.10.01.01.
- Noncompliance With Requirements; Code Of Maryland Regulations 13A.10.01.03.
- Participation in Standardized Testing; Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.10.01.02.
- Immunizations; Maryland Education Code 7-403.
This summary is for informational purposes only and is not given as legal advice. HomeschoolStateLaws.com does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above.