Home Schooling

Homeschooling is an educational option for a parent/guardian who provides instruction to his or her own child in lieu of enrolling the student in a public, nonpublic, or church-exempt school that is registered in the State of Maryland.  The regulations for homeschooling are specified in the Code of Maryland Regulations, COMAR 13A.10.01.01—.05 and apply to homeschooled students who are subject to Maryland's Compulsory Attendance Law (5 years old or older by September 1st to age 18).

Information about Homeschooling in Maryland
The following documents are provided to ensure that parents choosing to homeschool in Baltimore County are knowledgeable about the Maryland regulations.

Video Series: The Home Instruction Process in Maryland

This video series explains the Maryland regulations for homeschooling. 
Part 1 Initiating Home Instruction 
Part 2 Components of a Home Instruction Program 
Part 3 Special Topics for High School-Aged Students 

To register a new student for homeschooling in Baltimore County, click Registration Form.

Important Notes

1. High school students participating in home instruction do not earn course credits or high school diplomas from Baltimore County Public Schools. Homeschooled students are eligible to take the GED at the age of 16 to earn a Maryland State High School Diploma.

2. Maryland's homeschooling regulations empower homeschooling families to self-select all curriculum and instructional materials for their children.  Accordingly, Baltimore County Public Schools does not provide, recommend, approve, or subsidize curriculum or instructional materials for homeschooled students.   

3.  The Special Education Notice of Services states the services that BCPS will provide to eligible students with disabilities during the 2019-2020 school year and states the change to services for the 2020-2021 school year. 

4. Baltimore County Public Schools accepts homeschooling notification forms for students who are subject to Maryland's Compulsory Attendance Law (5 years old or older on September 1st up to the student's 18th birthday). Notification forms will also be accepted for students who meet the criteria for early admission to kindergarten  in accordance with BCPS Policy 5110 and Rule 5110 and the Office of Early Childhood's Guidelines for Applying to Early Admission to Kindergarten