Finding the Best Homeschool Umbrella
The Maryland homeschool regulation, COMAR 13A.10.01, requires families to participate in up to 3 portfolio reviews each year. These compliance reviews serve to confirm that a family is providing their child with “regular, thorough instruction.” Families may opt to review for free through their local county school district or they may pay for an umbrella service.
Umbrellas are organizations registered with the Maryland State Department of Education who agree to provide homeschool oversight for families who educate their children at home. COMAR allows for three types of non-governmental entities to provide homeschool oversight to Maryland families.
- Nonpublic school with a certificate of approval from the Maryland State Department of Education
- Church-exempt school
- Education ministry of a bonafide church organization
While COMAR provides some guidance for how homeschool umbrella portfolio reviews must be conducted, currently, no state regulatory oversight exists umbrella groups. In other words, it’s a buyer-be-ware market for homeschool families.
If you are considering an umbrella for your homeschool compliance reviews, the following questions can help you evaluate which umbrella may be the best fit for your family.
Interview Questions When Considering an Umbrella
Last modified on July 22, 2020