Every child in Maryland who is between 5 and 15 years old must attend a public school “unless the child is otherwise receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.” If a parent or guardian wishes to home school a child, the parent/guardian should contact their local home school coordinator. The parent/guardian must submit a confidential Home Schooling Notification form to the local school superintendent at least 15 days before starting a home schooling program. Every year thereafter the parent/guardian must notify the local school superintendent or their supervising nonpublic school whether their child will continue to be home schooled. Each parent/guardian wishing to home school a child should read the applicable law, including Maryland Code, Education Article, 7-301 and Code of Maryland Regulations ("COMAR") Subtitle 10 ("Home Instruction").
Parent/guardians may provide instruction at home that does not otherwise comply with the home schooling regulation if that instruction is offered through correspondence courses and is under the supervision of a qualified nonpublic school. Home school instruction must include English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education. Home-schooled children may participate in standardized tests at their local public school. If a parent/guardian provides instruction, they must maintain a portfolio of materials used to instruct the children and of examples of each child’s work. These materials must be reviewed by a local public school at the end of each school semester. If the reviewing school decides the child is not receiving proper instruction, the parent/guardian has 30 days to show that the problem has been resolved. If the problem is not resolved within that time, the parent/guardian must enroll the child in a public school or accredited nonpublic school. Read the Regulations: COMAR Sections 13a.10.01.01, 13a.10.01.02, and 13a.10.01.03
Parent/guardians do not need to make a portfolio of materials and samples of work if the child is enrolled in a home schooling program through a qualified nonpublic school. The nonpublic school has to provide students with personal assistance and educational materials. Each year, organizations offering home schooling must notify local school officials of the students they are supervising. Read the Regulation: COMAR Section 13a.10.01.05