About Alessa

Alessa, the founder of the Maryland Homeschool Association, homeschooled her two children from kindergarten into college. As an advocate for parental rights and social justice, Alessa believes in respectful, collaboration that leads to productive goals that promote and preserve school choice. With a Masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, Alessa is an educational consultant, recognized as an expert witness in matters of special education, special student populations (including homeschooling), and best school fit. She has worked as part of defense teams in divorce, custody, and juvenile criminal cases in numerous counties across the state.

Free and Low Cost Testing


Psychological and Educational Free and Low Cost Testing If you suspect your homeschool child has a special learning need, you can request a FREE comprehensive evaluation through your local public school. The guaranteed free testing falls under the Federal law Read more...

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Autism Waivers


Maryland Autism Waiver Program The Maryland Autism Waiver Program provides service support to families who do not choose institutionalization for their autistic child. Home and community waiver services available for autistic children up to the age of 21 include: Read more...

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Hearing Aid Loan Program


Hearing Aid Loan Bank The Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services formed the Maryland Hearing Aid Loan Bank (HALB) in order to provide loaner hearing aids to Maryland children. Families with newly diagnosed deaf Read more...

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2019 Maryland Homeschool National Merit Semifinalists


Congratulations to Maryland Homeschool National Merit Semifinalists The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Fewer than 300 Maryland high school seniors made the list. Read more...

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Taking the GED


Taking the GED as a Homeschooler Anyone wishing to take the GED exam in the state of Maryland must be at least 18-years old. Maryland, however, does allow certain individuals to take the GED at an earlier age. Maryland Read more...

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What To Teach


Maryland Homeschool Curriculum Maryland homeschool regulations provide simple and clear directions for what families must teach their children at home. Specifically, every kindergarten through 12th grade homeschool program must provide "regular, thorough instruction" in the following courses: Read more...

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Virtual Schools


Free Virtual Schools in Maryland Many states offer online virtual school options that provide a free e-learning education to students. Because these students are allowed to complete their online classes at home, this type of virtual school Read more...

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