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Home School Instruction

In Montgomery County, a parent who elects home instruction must notify the school division no later than August 15 of the intent to do so for the coming school year. Parents who move into the school district or begin home instruction after the school year has begun must notify MCPS of their intent to provide home instruction as soon as possible and comply with the provisions of the statute within 30 days of such notice. The notice may be in the form of a letter or other writen document and must identify the child or children involved. MCPS has developed a form to provide notice to the school division.

Evidence of Achievement
The home school parent is required to submit, by the following August 1, evidence of the child's academic ahievement in one of the following ways:

  • Evidence that the child has attained a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on a nationally normed standardized achievement test;
  • An evaluation or assessment which the school division administration determines to indicate that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.

Religious Exemption Statute
Montgomery County School Board shall excuse from attendance at school any pupil who, together with his parents, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief, is conscientiously opposed to attendance at school. The Montgomery County School Board policy regarding home school instruction and religious exemptions can be found below.

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