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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.

Maryland homeschoolers cannot legally receive a state-issued diploma. For this reason, homeschool families are not bound to meet specific state requirements for graduation. In other words, you are at liberty to define:

  • What courses your child must take;
  • How many credits they must complete;
  • If they must perform service learning hours; and
  • If you want them to participate in some other form of standardized testing.

At the same time, families must remember that state regulations require homeschool parents to provide "regular and thorough instruction" in the courses normally taught to children in the same grade. For example, high schoolers who function at a "normal" or higher level (not severely cognitively limited level) generally complete some form of algebra 1 and geometry by the end of 4 years of high school.



While parents can define and issue their own homeschooling high school diploma, what appears on your child's high school transcript is what truly matters for college entrance and future job opportunities. Being aware of entrance requirements for post-high school programs will help you understand what minimum requirements you should maintain for your child's homeschool high school experience.

For example, if your child wants to attend a 4-year college, then a minimum of 2 years of a foreign language are generally required. In Maryland, many college admission requirements mirror state graduation requirements. More prestigious schools will expect more demanding high school coursework, rather than the bare minimum. Your child's homeschool high school transcript will need to clearly identify the class, the specific material you used, and a description of how you assessed your child's performance in the class.


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


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