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Homeschooling in Maryland

The summaries below describe three different approaches, or alternative ways, the state of Maryland offers homeschooling families to meet state compulsory education requirements. Additional and more extensive help can be found within our e-book: Maryland Homeschool Legal Workbook: Your Guide to Compliance - Facts & Forms, prepared by HomeSchoolLegal.com.

 Approach 1

 
 Approach: Establish a homeschool under supervision of the local school system
   
 Restrictions: Teacher certification not required
   
 Reporting: File notice of intent with the local superintendent at least 15 days before starting school. Provide verification each year thereafter.
   
 Recordkeeping: Maintain a portfolio for review by a local school system representative.
   
 Requirements: Subjects required are same as those in the public schools, including English, math, science, social studies, art, music, health and PE.
   
 Testing: Testing Not Required. Portfolio reviews scheduled no more than three times during a school year. May participate in public school testing.
   
 Compulsory  Attendance: Applies to children 5 years old and above until age 16. Five-year-olds may be exempt for one more year.
   
 Source of Law: Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 13A
   
NOTE: This is not intended to be legal advice and is offered only as an educational service for visitors to www.Home-School-Inc.com and www.HomeSchoolLegal.com. It is not a substitute for competent legal advice. Requirements may change at any time, and interpretations of the law and regulations can differ. Consult a legal services provider and a local homeschooling support group for more specific information.
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Approach 2

 
 Approach: Provide supervised home instruction in a correspondence program under the supervision of a school/institution offering an educational program operated by a bona fide church organization
   
 Restrictions: Teacher certification not required
   
 Reporting: File notice of intent with the local superintendent at least 15 days before starting school. Provide verification each year thereafter. Program must offer pre-enrollment conferences with parents.
   
 Recordkeeping: As required by the program
   
 Requirements: Subjects as required by the program
   
 Testing: Annual visits by supervisory personnel to site where student is being instructed; conferences with parents during the period of enrollment; may participate in public school testing.
   
 Compulsory  Attendance: Applies to children 5 years old and above until age 16. Five-year-olds may be exempt for one more year.
   
 Source of Law: Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 13A
 NOTE: This is not intended to be legal advice and is offered only as an educational service for visitors to www.Home-School-Inc.com and www.HomeSchoolLegal.com. It is not a substitute for competent legal advice. Requirements may change at any time, and interpretations of the law and regulations can differ. Consult a legal services provider and a local homeschooling support group for more specific information.
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Approach 3

 
 Approach: Establish a homeschool through correspondence courses under the supervision of a State-approved nonpublic school
   
 Restrictions: Requires assignment of a school-based teacher to assist the parent in using the courses and to assist student by issuing progress reports, marking papers and grading tests.
   
 Reporting: File notice of intent with the local superintendent at least 15 days before starting school. Provide verification each year thereafter.
   
 Recordkeeping: As required by the program
   
 Requirements: Subjects as required by the program
   
 Testing: Testing Not Required, but may participate in public school testing.
   
 Compulsory  Attendance: Applies to children 5 years old and above until age 16. Five-year-olds may be exempt for one more year.
   
 Source of Law: Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 13A
   
NOTE: This is not intended to be legal advice and is offered only as an educational service for visitors to www.Home-School-Inc.com and www.HomeSchoolLegal.com. It is not a substitute for competent legal advice. Requirements may change at any time, and interpretations of the law and regulations can differ. Consult a legal services provider and a local homeschooling support group for more specific information.
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