15 Jun 2017

Maryland Homeschool Regulations and Requirements

Maryland compulsory school attendance age

Compulsory school attendance begins when your child turns 5.

If your child turns 5 during the school year, you can have him or her excused from the attendance laws for that school year. To do that, send your superintendent of schools a written request before that school year begins.

Once your child turns 17, he or she is no longer required to follow the school attendance laws. However, this is changing! Beginning July 1, 2017, children must follow the school attendance laws until they turn 18.

A child who has completed a program of regular, thorough instruction in the studies usually taught in public schools to children of the same age is not subject to compulsory attendance.

HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under Maryland law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.). These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver’s license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the m​i​l​i​t​a​r​y​, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security b​e​n​e​f​i​t​s​. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.

A-TeC Families are Eligible for a “Group -HSLDA Membership- Discount”.  Please Use Code: 210585

HSLDA Offers In-depth Legal Information for Homeschooling in Maryland – Click Here.

The importance of recordkeeping

You can find Maryland’s specific recordkeeping requirements, they are listed above. In addition to those requirements, HSLDA recommends that you keep detailed records of your homeschool program. These records may be helpful if you face an investigation regarding your homeschooling or your student needs to furnish proof of education.

These records should include attendance records, information on the textbooks and workbooks your student used, samples of your student’s schoolwork, correspondence with school officials, portfolios and test results, and any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law. You should maintain these records for at least two years. You should keep your student’s high school records and proof of compliance with the home education laws during the high school years (including any type of home education notice that you file with state or local officials) on file forever. HSLDA’s high school webpage has additional information about homeschool recordkeeping.

A-TeC Offers a One-Stop-Shop Record Keeping Service for All Your Courses, EVEN non-A-TeC Courses!

 

Download