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Home Schooling

Home schooling 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 home schooling are specified in the Code of Maryland Regulations, COMAR 13A.10.01.01—.05, and apply to home schooled students who are subject to the Maryland Compulsory Attendance Law (5 years old by September 1st through age 18).

Important Notes:

  • High school students participating in a home instruction program are not eligible for a diploma from Baltimore County Public Schools. 
  • If a student receives instruction from an online program/school/academy that is not registered with the Maryland State Department of Education, the student must be registered as a home schooled student.  A list of approved nonpublic schools and church-exempt schools registered in Maryland may be accessed on the MSDE webpage for Nonpublic School Approval.

Home Schooling Information for Registering in Baltimore County: 
The Code of Maryland Regulations for Home Instruction with Notification Form – This document includes the state regulation for home instruction, COMAR 13A.10.01.01—.05, in order for parents/guardians to fully understand home schooling in Maryland as well as the notification form to be completed and submitted to Baltimore County Public Schools 15 days prior to beginning home instruction. 

MSDE Home Instruction Fact Sheet – This document from the Maryland State Department of Education explains the home schooling regulations in a question and answer format. 

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