• Does a student receive a Maryland High School Diploma upon completion of a home instruction program? (marylandpublicschools.org)

    No, a Maryland High School Diploma is a specific kind of high school diploma that can only be issued by public schools, and which can only be issued after a child has met the requirements of COMAR 13A.03.02.09B. This type of diploma is therefore not available to students who complete their secondary education in a home instruction program. If a child transfers from a home instruction program to a public school and meets all graduation requirements, then he or she may receive a Maryland High School Diploma. Alternatively, if a child is enrolled in a nonpublic or church-exempt school and meets that
    school’s graduation requirements, then the child may receive a diploma issued by that school’s legal authority. 

    Another option is to obtain a Maryland High School Diploma by examination, which requires that a child successfully complete the General Educational Development (GED) test. If a child is 16 years old or over and is either participating in a home instruction program or has completed such a program, he or she may register for the GED test.  If the child has not completed his or her home instruction program, however, and does not achieve passing scores in all subjects on the GED test, the child must continue to participate in a home instruction program or enroll in school until he or she reaches the compulsory attendance age. For questions about GED requirements, contact the GED Testing Office of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) at (410) 767-0188.  GED applications require a department seal and a signature from the AACPS Home Instruction Office. 

    GED Verification Forms require 3-5 days to process. Email requests for a GED Verification Form to homeinstruction@aacps.org.

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