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Maryland Home School Laws

Maryland homeschool law and requirements

Requirements to homeschool in Maryland. Maryland homeschooling laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Maryland homeschooling laws.

*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates on the Maryland State Department of Education website.

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Compulsory attendance – Between 5 and 18 years of age.

Maryland law, Education Article, §7-301, Annotated Code of Maryland, Compulsory Attendance, and COMAR 13A.10.10.01 states that each child who resides in Maryland and is 5 years old or older and under 18 shall attend a public school regularly during the entire school year unless the child is otherwise receiving regular, thorough schooling during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public school to children of the same age.  Maryland recognizes nonpublic schools and home schooling as options to public school enrollment for students to receive regular, thorough instruction.

There are no teacher qualifications.

No testing is required, but you may volunteer to participate in the yearly standardized test administration carried out by your public school.

Required subjects are Language Arts (Language Arts does include reading instruction.), math, science, social studies, health, music, art, and PE.

Find more information about homeschooling in Maryland on the Maryland Home Instruction section of the Maryland Department of Education.


.01 Home Instruction Program.

A. Purpose. The purpose of this regulation is to establish a procedure to be used by the superintendent
of each local school system to determine if a child participating in a home instruction program is
receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public
schools to children of the same age.
B. Written Agreement.

(1) A parent or guardian who chooses to provide a home instruction program for his or her child shall
initially sign a statement on a form prescribed by the State Department of Education which:

(a) Indicates consent to the requirements set forth in §§C, D, and E of this regulation; and
(b) Shall be submitted to the local superintendent at least 15 days before the beginning of a
home instruction program.

(2) Annual Verification. Annually thereafter, before the beginning of the school year, a parent or
guardian shall verify the continuation of home schooling for his or her child with the local school
superintendent or with the supervising nonpublic school or institution described in Regulation .05 of this
chapter.

(3) Change in Status. A parent or guardian shall notify the local school superintendent or the supervising
nonpublic school or institution described in Regulation .05 of this chapter if a change occurs in the home
school status of a child during the school year.

C. Instruction Program.

(1) The home instruction program shall:

(a) Provide regular, thorough instruction in the studies usually taught in the public schools to
children of the same age;
(b) Include instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and
physical education; and
(c) Take place on a regular basis during the school year and be of sufficient duration to
implement the instruction program.

(2) The home instruction program may include enrollment on a part-time or full-time basis in courses
offered by accredited or unaccredited colleges.

D. Educational Materials.

(1) A parent or guardian who chooses to provide a home instruction program for his or her child shall
maintain a portfolio of materials which:

(a) Demonstrates the parent or guardian is providing regular, thorough instruction during the
school year in the areas specified in §C(1) of this regulation;
(b) Includes relevant materials, such as instructional materials, reading materials, and examples
of the child’s writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, and tests; and
(c) Shall be reviewed by the local superintendent or the superintendent’s designee at the
conclusion of each semester of the local school system at such times as are mutually agreeable
to the local superintendent or designee and the parent or guardian.

(2) A parent or guardian who chooses to enroll his or her child under §C(2) of this regulation may elect to provide to the local superintendent or the superintendent’s designee a copy of a report card or
transcript from the accredited or unaccredited college at the conclusion of each semester of the
accredited or unaccredited college in lieu of a portfolio of materials for the courses in which the child is enrolled under §C(2) of this regulation.

E. A parent or guardian shall agree to permit a representative of a local school system to review the
portfolio of educational materials and discuss the instructional program, provided that all of the
following requirements are met:

(1) The review is at a time and place mutually agreeable to the representative of the local school
system and the parent or guardian;
(2) The purpose of the review is to ensure that the child is receiving regular, thorough
instruction as set forth in §C of this regulation; and
(3) There are not more than three reviews during a school year.

F. Additional Requirements. A local school system may not impose additional requirements for home
instruction programs other than those in these regulations.

.02 Voluntary Participation in Standardized Testing.

Upon request of a parent or guardian, a child receiving home instruction may participate in the regularly
scheduled standardized testing programs that are administered in the public school the child is eligible
to attend.

.03 Noncompliance with Requirements.

A. Failure to Consent. If a parent or guardian does not agree to the requirements of Regulation .01B, C,
D, and E of this chapter, a child shall be enrolled promptly in a public school or nonpublic school as
defined in COMAR 13A.09.09.02B.

B. Deficiencies in the Program. If a local superintendent determines on the review of the home
instruction program or inspection of the portfolio that a child is not receiving a regular, thorough
instruction program in conformity with Regulation .01C and D, the local superintendent shall notify the
parent or guardian in writing of any deficiencies in the program. The following apply:

(1) Within 30 days of receipt of written notification of any deficiencies, the parent or guardian
shall provide evidence to the local superintendent that the deficiency has been or is being
corrected.

(2) If a local superintendent determines there is not a satisfactory plan to correct a deficiency or
if a deficiency is not corrected, a child shall be enrolled promptly in a public school or a
nonpublic school as defined in COMAR 13A.09.09.02B.

.04 Placement in Public School.

Upon application of a child for admission to a public school from a home instruction program, the local
superintendent shall determine by an evaluation the placement of the child and any credits to be
awarded toward high school graduation. The evaluation may include administration of standardized
tests and examinations and interviews with the child.

.05 Home Instruction Under Supervision of Nonpublic School or Institution.

A. A parent or guardian may provide a home instruction program for his or her child without compliance
with the requirements of this regulation, other than the requirements of Regulations .01B (1)(b) and .04
of this chapter, if that program offers regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies
usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age and is under the supervision of a:

(1) School or institution offering an educational program operated by a bona fide church organization,
and the supervision includes at a minimum all of the following components:

(a) Preenrollment conferences with parents or guardians;
(b) Textbooks, lesson materials, and other instructional materials or equipment designed to be
used independently by the pupil at a site other than a school; and
(c) Conferences with parents or guardians at appropriate intervals during the period of
enrollment; or

(2) Nonpublic school with a certificate of approval from the State Board of Education, and the
supervision includes at a minimum all of the following components:

(a) Textbooks, lesson materials, and other instructional materials or equipment designed to be
used independently by the pupil at a site other than a school; and
(b) Assignment of a school-based teacher to assist the home teacher in implementing the home
instruction program and to assist the pupil by issuing progress reports, marking papers, and
grading tests.

B. The home instruction program may include enrollment on a part-time or full-time basis in courses
offered by accredited or unaccredited colleges.

C. Annual Verification. The supervising nonpublic school or institution described in §A of this regulation
annually shall:

(1) Verify with the local school superintendent the identification of home schooled students
whose instruction is continuing under its supervision;
(2) Notify the local school superintendent of the identification of home schooled students
whose instruction is newly added to its supervision; and
(3) Provide the local school superintendent with the identification of home schooled students
whose instruction is no longer under its supervision.

D. Change in Status. The supervising nonpublic school or institution described in §A of this regulation
shall notify the local school superintendent if a change occurs in the status of a home schooled student
whose instruction was under its supervision during the school year.

 

Annotated Code of Maryland
Resource for this code from Chesapeake Home Educators.

COMAR 13A.10.01
Copy of laws from the Maryland State Department of Education.

s7-301 Annotated Code of Maryland
Additional resource for this code from MHEA

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