MODULE 1 – Quick Overview (Section 6 – Umbrella Group)

Ever consider taking your child out of public or private school? Well, here’s the simple process on how to do that.

ANNUAL FEEGRADE LEVELMAKE PAYMENT
$55.00Elementary (per student)CLICK HERE
$55.00Middle School (per student)CLICK HERE
$75.00High School (per student)CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to complete the official Notice of Consent. Submit it to the superintendent 15 days before you plan to start homeschooling your child(ren). Here are several options to legally homeschool in the State of Maryland:

Prince Georges County FormAnne Arundel County FormHoward County Form

OPTION 1 – Portfolio Option

You must provide regular, thorough instruction in the required subjects. This instruction must be “of sufficient duration” to implement your instructional program. You must maintain a portfolio of your educational materials. This should include instructional materials and reading materials, as well as examples of your child’s writing, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, and tests.

The local superintendent can review your portfolio at a mutually agreeable time and place. He or she can do this only three times a year. In practice, this usually happens once or twice a year. HCHC recommends that you do not bring your child(en). Some school staff may believe they have the right to see your child, but any such right was abolished when the home instruction regulations were changed in 2019.

If the superintendent reviews your portfolio and determines that your child is not being educated in accordance with the regulations, he or she must notify you of these deficiencies in your program. You will have 30 days to provide evidence that you have corrected these deficiencies—otherwise the superintendent may tell you to stop homeschooling.

OPTION 2 – Church Umbrella

This is a school or institution that offers an educational program operated by a bonafide church organization. Church umbrella programs provide some level of supervision of and support for the home instruction of their members. Most umbrella programs charge a fee. Generally speaking, the more services an umbrella provides, the higher the fee it charges.

The church umbrella must supervise the instruction with:

  • pre-enrollment conferences,
  • textbooks and lesson plan review, and
  • periodic conferences with parents

OPTION 3 – State-Approved Umbrella

State-approved school umbrellas assign a school-based teacher to assist you in your home instruction program to issue progress reports, mark papers, and grade tests.

Parents should click here to complete the official Notice of Consent. Submit it to the superintendent 15 days before the start of your home instruction program.

You must annually verify with HCHC that you plan to continue homeschooling. You must also notify us if you intend to move, stop homeschooling, or wish to switch to another homeschooling option. HCHC will provide various types of information to the local superintendent based on these communications.

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