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Homeschool Math Graduation Requirements
In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law, SB 740, creating
a new math graduation requirement for high schoolers. Specifically, the law states:
Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2014—2015 school year, each student
shall enroll in a mathematics course in each year of high school that the student attends, up to
a maximum of 4 years of attendance, unless in the 5th or 6th year a mathematics course is needed
to meet a graduation requirement.
Because Maryland homeschool regulations state that parents must provide
"regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the
public schools to children of the same age", parents should anticipate portfolio reviewers
to ask about 4 years of high school math credits.
Collegebound Maryland homeschoolers should also know that, beginning in 2009,
the University of Maryland System** changed their entrance requirements.
Beginning with the high school Class of 2015, incoming freshmen will be required to have
completed 4 years of high school math, including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
What Homeschool Math Classes Do I Need to Teach?
According to the Maryland State Department of Education,
any of the following math classes can be used to meet statemadated
graduation requirements.
 PreAlgebra
 Algebra 1
 Business Math
 Consumer Math
 Geometry
 Algebra 2
 Trigonometry
 Precalculus
 Calculus (regular; APA/B; and APB/C)
 Probability and Satistics
 College Algebra
 Computer Science (regular mathbased CompSci and APlevel)
 Mathematics Transitions
 Discrete Mathematics
 Linear Algebra
Do I Have to Teach Algebra 1 to My Homeschooler?
Maryland regulations,
COMAR 13A.03.02.02 requires:
 "One [math credit] with instruction in algebra aligned with the Maryland High School
Assessment for algebra or one or more credits in subsequent mathematics courses for which Algebra
I is a prerequisite, and
 One [math credit] with instruction in geometry aligned with the content standards for geometry"
Based on current regulations, it can be assumed that county homeschool liaisons
will view Algebra 1 and Geometry as math classes that are usually taught by the end of high
school.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Homeschooling Math?
MSDE has published a 6page
Frequently Asked Questions about Maryland's new math graduation requirements document. While
much of the is geared for public school students, the guide also includes helpful information for
how the University of Maryland system applies the math high school graduation requirement to
their freshmen entrance requirement.
The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.
** The University System of Maryland includes:
 Bowie State University
 Coppin State University
 Frostburg State University
 Salisbury University
 Towson University
 University of Maryland, Baltimore
 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
 University Center for Environmental Science
 University of Maryland, College Park
 University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
 University of Maryland, University College
 University of Baltimore
