Every child residing in Maryland and is over five years of age and under 18 years of age should attend the school regularly. A child is exempt from the compulsory attendance if he or she “has completed” a home instruction program. The program is to be verified by the local school system or supervising entity. A child receiving home instruction program should be taught as in the public schools to children of the same age.

Parent Responsibilities for Children Receiving Home Education

The parent who decides to give a home school program for their child in sole custody is responsible for choosing the curriculum and material for the study. Even though there are restrictions on the program aspects, the parent reserves the right to create a flexible curriculum that meets the needs of the child. The instruction shall include all the basic subjects like English, Maths, Science, Social, music, health, art, and physical education. It is also not a must that the program is aligned with Maryland’s College- and Career-Ready Standards.

Can I Home School My Child with Sole Custody?

Yes, with the help of court proceeding, when no one objects the decision of homeschooling. Courts cannot go around checking on what is taught to children. You can expect a modification if the other parent disagrees with the education provided to the child.

How can The Right to Home-school be Protected?

Here are some of the things you need to show that your homeschooling is legitimate

  • The instruction is Bonafide.
  • The Curriculum must include all the subjects of reading, spelling, mathematics, and others.
  • Only Visual form of the curriculum is allowed.

If you keep the detailed records of the homeschooling program and meet all the requirements, you will have a better chance of getting a permit for homeschooling from the court.


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