Homeschooling in Maryland
So, you've decided to homeschool. Congratulations! But what's next? Homeschooling in MD is actually pretty simple.
Step 1: Decide whether you will report to the local district or use an umbrella program. Some churches and private schools in MD offer homeschool oversight and support. For more info, click here.
Step 2: File your intent to homeschool. This is a simple form that lets your district know 1. that they should not expect your kids at the local school, and 2. whether they should plan to schedule portfolio reviews for your family. It should be filed in your local district office 15 days before you "officially" start your homeschool program. *Tip: it is a good idea to ask for a copy after it has been stamped received. Keep it in a folder for your records. *
Click here to print your form.
Step 3: Decide which curriculum you would like to use. Do you prefer online or physical books? How do you think your child will learn best? You can use different curriculum for each subject, you can purchase an all-in-one. For tips on choosing curriculum, click here.
Step 4: Get your portfolio ready! If you have opted to review with your local district, you will likely have one review in January and a second near the end of the school year. Your portfolio can be as simple as a binder with dividers for each child, or separate 3-prong report booklets, or even a digital record on your computer. *Tip: However you choose to document your year, it really helps to add work samples and/or pictures as you go rather than scramble to get it all put together right before your review.* For more on creating/maintaining a portfolio, click here.
Step 5: Enjoy! Homeschooling is a rewarding experience, and the time you and your children will spend learning together is priceless.