Home instruction may continue through grade 12 or up until the age of 18, when students are required, by law, to attend school. Upon completion of their grade 12 program, home-schooled students do not receive a high school diploma from Anne Arundel County Public Schools or the State of Maryland.
Home-instructed students who are at least 16 years old may test for a Maryland GED diploma. GED applications require a department seal and a signature from the AACPS Home Instruction Office. Forms require 3-5 days to process and may be sent to the Home Instruction Office in one of three ways:
- Mail or drop-off to Home Instruction Office 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Fax to 410-222-5637
- email to email@example.com
- call to verify the form was received 410-222-5457
Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities
The attached list of courses (offered by the identified education vendors) is aligned with AACPS courses. This list may assist parents of high school home instruction students if they wish to align home instruction with AACPS courses.
ECAP (Early College Access Program)
Through the ECAP program, students age 16 or older may take courses at Anne Arundel Community College. A reduced tuition is applied and course credit earned may be transferrable to a 4-year college or university.
To receive your 50% ECAP discount on tuition at Anne Arundel Community College, the cashier’s office must receive confirmation directly from our office that your son/daughter is enrolled with Home Instruction. To request that a verification notice from our office be sent to Anne Arundel Community College, simply email the following information to the Home Instruction Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- student's full name
- student's date of birth
- parent's name
- parent's phone contact #
- term in which student will enroll (fall/winter/spring/summer)
NOTE: A separate verification is required for each term (fall/winter/spring/summer) your child enrolls in ECAP.
MVA Learners' Driving Permit
Home instructed students seeking a driver's license begin by downloading and printing the MVA Learners' Permit Application. The application process requires that this form be signed and sealed by the AACPS Home Instruction Coordinator. Forms should be sent to the Home School Office via USPS mail, email, fax, or drop-off. Please allow 3-5 days for processing.
Work permits for students under age 18 can be obtained through the Maryland State Department of Labor. Home-instructed students do not need verification from the Home Instruction Office to apply for a work permit.
Returning or Transferring to a Public High School
Home-instructed students who desire to complete their education at an AACPS high school should be aware that credit for high school coursework completed during home instruction is not automatically transferred. Students must document that their completed course work was equivalent to an AACPS course and then demonstrate mastery, which may be through required testing conducted by AACPS. When enrolling in a public high school, the school counselor and transfer liaison from the Home Instruction Office will develop a transition plan. Transition plans are developed based on these High School Credit Transfer Guidelines. (For Spanish version, click here.)