• Parents may choose to educate their children at home, rather than enrolling them in a traditional public or private school.  AACPS supports home instruction in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations known as COMAR.


  • Mother and father teaching their three children at home with workbooks, computer, globe and additional school supplies.

    The ABCs of State Requirements for Home Instruction

    1. Parents must notify the local public school system of their decision to home-school each student. Each year, they must notify the school system of their decision to continue or discontinue home schooling.

    2. Students must receive regular, thorough instruction from the parent in each of the following subjects:
      • Reading/Language arts
      • Mathematics
      • Social Studies
      • Science
      • Art
      • Music
      • Physical Education
      • Health (May be incorporated through science or physical education)  
      • Students at the secondary level may substitute alternative electives of choice for art, music, and physical education.

    3. Home instruction must be supervised, either by the local public school system or by a private organization approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

    Additional Educational Opportunities Through Programs of Choice

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools offers a variety of Magnet, Charter, and Contract schools to provide students a variety of educational choices.  These programs are available to families who reside in Anne Arundel County only. For further details, including brochures, videos, program requirements, and how to apply, please go to www.aacps.org/magnet.



  • Orientation for families new to Home Instruction will be conducted on September 24 at 1:00 P.M. in the Board Room at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD  21114.  Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about preparing for a portfolio review and maintaining compliance with COMAR.  Come meet our staff and other Home Instruction parents.  Questions are welcomed and no RSVP is required.  For those who can't attend or missed the September 24th session, we will repeat the orientation on October 3--same time/same place.  Note:  Orientation is strictly optional.

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