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. 

Information about Homeschooling in Maryland
Parents/guardians who intend to homeschool are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Maryland's home instruction regulations that 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).

Informational Documents

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 this link: Home Schooling Notification.

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, including electronic devices, for homeschooled students.    

. 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

4. If the parent/guardian of a homeschooled student suspects that the student has an educational disability (including speech concerns), he/she may contact Child Find Services by calling 443-809-3017. Specific information about Child Find Services may be accessed by clicking this link: Child Find. Please note that BCPS is unable to provide special education services (including speech therapy)  to homeschooled students beyond the identification process of Child Find.