The Homeschooling office is located at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata, MD 20646
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Charles County Public Schools, in accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s orders, are closed through 4/24/20. As a result, the spring portfolio reviews are postponed until we know when normal activities will resume. As it stands now, all reviews will be put on hold and we will be in touch with you when decisions have been made regarding spring portfolio reviews. Thank you for your understanding.
The home instruction program must be under the supervision of either the student’s local school system or a nonpublic entity that is registered with the Maryland State Department of Education. Click here for the Nonpublic Entities Registered to Supervise Home Instruction of Maryland Students. A home instruction program under the Charles County Public System will be reviewed in the Fall and Spring of each school year. The Charles County Public Schools supports homeschooling in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.10.01. The purpose of these regulations is to establish a procedure to be used to determine if a child participating in a home instruction program is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age. Click here for MSDE’s FAQs Regarding Home Instruction in Maryland.
Parents/Guardians who choose to teach a child at home must submit a Home Instruction Notification Form to the address below at least 15 days before beginning a homeschooling program. Each year thereafter, a parent/guardian needs to verify the continuation of homeschooling and notify the Homeschooling Office or the supervisory nonpublic institution if there is a change in homeschooling status during the school year.
The Fall Review consists of submitting a Fall Review Form to the Homeschooling office: Maryland State Home School Notification Form.
The Spring Review is a face-to-face review of the student’s portfolio. Click here for suggestions for preparing the portfolio.
Home School/Instruction Resources
- Home Instruction – COMAR (MSDE)
- Compulsory Attendance Law
- Maryland State Home School Notification
- MSDE Registered Non-Public Schools
- Preparing the Portfolio
- MSDE FAQs Regarding Home Instruction
- MSDE State Curriculum
- Maryland Homeschool Association
- SAT – College Board Information
- Home Instruction Advisory Committee May 2016 minutes
- Home Instruction Advisory Committee July 2016 minutes