Parental Instruction

Parental Instruction
(Home Schooling)

Home schooling regulations are governed by Maryland State Board of Education and are mandatory for school age children 5-18 years old (age 5 on or before September 1st). The purpose of these regulations is to establish a procedure to be used to determine if a child participating in a home schooling program is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.

A parent or guardian who chooses to teach a child at home must initially complete a Home Instruction Notification Form. The form must be submitted to the address on the Home Instruction Notification Form at least 15 days before the beginning of a home schooling program. Each year thereafter, a parent or guardian needs to verify the continuation of home schooling and notify the Department of Student Services or their supervising nonpublic institution if there is a change of status during the school year.

The home schooling program must be under the supervision of either the student’s local school system or a nonpublic entity that is registered with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). A home schooling program under the supervision of Calvert County Public Schools will be reviewed by CCPS staff at the end of each semester. The program shall include instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education. The Maryland State Curriculum may be found on the MSDE website. A home schooling program under the supervision of a nonpublic entity registered with MSDE will not be reviewed by CCPS.

Bi-Annual Orientations

We hold a voluntary orientation for new home schooling families twice per year. The goal is to help you prepare for your portfolio review, answer questions, and ease the stress. The next orientation is scheduled for:

Thursday, April 16, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Board of Education Board Room

Children are welcome (please bring reading materials for them). Please RSVP by phone at 443-550-8460 or email Debbie Faulkner at

Home Schooling Program Contact Information:

Molly Gearhart
Supervisor of Student Services
LEA Home School Coordinator
Phone: 443-550-8460
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