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The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.

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.

College-bound 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 state-madated graduation requirements.

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Business Math
  • Consumer Math
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus (regular; AP-A/B; and AP-B/C)
  • Probability and Satistics
  • College Algebra
  • Computer Science (regular math-based CompSci and AP-level)
  • 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 6-page Frequently Asked Questions about Maryland's new math graduation requirements document. While much of the document 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



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