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
- 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.
Forms and Resources