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Maryland's compulsory school age law states that all children between the ages of 5 and 18, must attend public school UNLESS one of 14 exemptions exist. Those exceptions include:

  1. Has obtained a Maryland high school diploma, an equivalent out-of-state high school diploma, or a GED
  2. Is a student with disabilities and has completed the requirements for a Maryland high school certificate of completion
  3. Is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age [NOTE: This exception is what allows Maryland families to legally choose homeschooling and other non-public school options over public school.]
  4. Has completed an instruction program under item (3) of this subsection [NOTE: This exception allows for early graduation for non-public school students.]
  5. Is severely ill and requires home or hospital instruction [NOTE: Home & hospital teaching is a special service provided to qualifying public school students.]
  6. Is married [NOTE: Maryland allows 16 and 17-year olds to marry with parental consent. A 15- year old may also marry with parent consent, if pregnancy is involved.]
  7. Is in military service


  8. Is committed by court order to an institution without an educational program
  9. Provides financial support to the child's family as documented by a local department of social services
  10. Has been expelled under Section 7-305 of this subtitle
  11. Is pregnant or a parent and is enrolled in an alternative educational program
  12. Attends an alternative educational program [NOTE: Job Corps and Freestate Challenge are examples of AEPs.]
  13. Attends a public school on a part-time basis and attends a private career school as defined under Section 10-101 of this article
  14. 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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