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The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It should not to be considered legal advice.


On July 1, 2017, Maryland's compulsory school age law will go into full effect. The law, which defines the ages when a child must attend school, officially raises the drop-out age to 18. The minimum age for starting school continues to be five.


What This Means for Homeschoolers

The following section of Maryland's compulsory school age law applies to homeschoolers, as well as any student who attends a religious or private school.

(A) This section does not apply to a child under the age of 18 years who:

      (3) is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of same age;

      (4) has completed an instruction program under paragraph (3) of this subsection;

In other words, if a homeschool family files their Notice of Intent to Homeschool and is in compliance with Maryland homeschooling regulations, then their child is not required to attend public school. BUT, and this is the important part to remember, you still have to homeschool your child until the age of 18.

A question remains on how Section (A)(4) will apply to homeschoolers. Without a specific regulation that spells out homeschool high school graduation requirements, how does a family prove that their child had completed high school through their homeschool course of study - before the age of 18?

Maryland homeschool regulations state that families must provide "instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age". While Maryland public school graduation requirements are not technically required to be met by homeschool students, families wishing to graduate their homeschool children early may wish to show completion of the state's list of required high school courses.



How Else Can You Stop Homeschooling Before Age 18?

In addition to what is listed above, the law allows for 12 more exemptions from having to attend high school until 18. They include:

  • Has obtained a Maryland high school diploma, an equivalent out-of-state high school diploma, or a GED;
  • Is a student with disabilities and has completed the requirements for a Maryland high school certificate of completion;
  • Is severely ill and requires home or hospital instruction;
  • Is married
  • Is in military service;
  • Is committed by court order to an institution without an educational program;
  • Provides financial support to the child's family as documented by a local department of social services;
  • Has been expelled under Section 7-305 of this subtitle;
  • Is pregnant or a parent and is enrolled in an alternative educational program;
  • Attends an alternative educational program. NOTE: This does not reference homeschooling;
  • Attends a public school on a part-time basis and attends a private career school as defined under Section 10-101 of this article;
  • Is waived from the provisions of this section by the State Superintendent.

  • The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It should not to be considered legal advice.


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