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Parental Instruction

(Home Schooling)

Answers to most parent questions can be found on this webpage (in the resources section below), in the comprehensive short videos (listed in the column to the right), in the Orientation Handout, and in the MSDE Frequently Asked Questions document.

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 in January and June (see Portfolio Reviews). 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.

Program Contacts

Savannah Walsh


Molly Wanamaker

Supervisor , Student Services

To End Home Schooling And Re-Enroll In Calvert County Public Schools

  1. Submit a Change of Status form via email to or fax at 410-286-1913.

  2. Re-enroll student online via PowerSchool Enrollment in your home building.

All Students Returning From Home Schooling Must Be Evaluated

Elementary Students

Principal/designee will evaluate the student for grade placement.

Secondary Students

Once registration is complete, the school registrar will have the parent sign a Temporary Admission Slip. The Department of Instruction will contact the parent to schedule an assessment. The evaluation process may take up to 4 weeks, depending on the time of year and staffing availability. Times may be extended during summer months when the volume of evaluations is highest.