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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.

No specific Maryland homeschool high school graduation requirements exist, however, families must be aware of a variety of state laws and regulations that guide the selection of homeschool high school courses.

Maryland's homeschool regulation specifically states 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." COMAR goes on to specify that homeschool instruction MUST "include instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education."

In order to figure out what those "studies usually taught in the public schools are", the Maryland State Department of Education looks to other parts of the law and COMAR to see if there's an established definition that is universally applied to each of those 8 subject areas. For example:

  • English is expected to be taught each year of the 4 years of homeschool high school, but parents can customize their English classes any way they want;
  • Math is expected to be taught each year of high school. Algebra 1 and Geometry must be included, but the other 2 math classes are a parent's choice.

Maryland state graduation requirements for public school students is listed below.


What About Non-Core Classes?

Maryland's homeschool regulations do not address families needing to demonstrate regular, thorough instruction in courses such as technology and foreign language. Without a specific review requirement, MSDE has generally not expected those classes to be part of a county compliance review during the high school years.

The bottom line is that parents do have flexibility in determining their child's homeschool high school graduation requirements, but families must work within regulatory boundaries that establish what "courses normally taught" are. When determining your child's homeschool graduation requirements, keep an eye on your child's post-secondary goals - be it college, military, trade school, or direct employment.

Develop a good understanding early on about what entrance/hire requirements are and plan your high school curriculum around that. 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.



What About Umbrella Graduation Requirements?

Umbrellas can include additional graduation requirements for their families to meet, but they cannot require less than what is established by the multiple COMAR references.


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