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Homeschooling Support Center

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Certified Support for Homeschool Programs

Glenwood Country Day School is an organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment while offering support, information, and resources to families who choose to educate their children at home.

Our Homeschooling Support Center is a nonpublic school that holds a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education. Our Homeschool Division is registered with the Maryland State Department of Education to supervise home instruction under Regulation .05 of the home instruction regulations, COMAR 13.A.10.1 HOME INSTRUCTION.


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Resources & Support


Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.

O. Fred Donaldson

Our Duties
  1. Submit Registration Form. Once received, the program director will contact parent for an intake telephone consultation.
  2. Contact your local school system 15 days in advance before beginning home instruction. The required Consent Form must be obtained from the local school system. The form provides a space to indicate if a non-public school will supervise the home instruction.
  3. New Family Enrollment in Person Conference conducted with the Director of Homeschooling, Mrs. Stradling.

The General Regulation state that instruction should be provided in subjects “usually taught in the Public schools to students of the same age” and should include “English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education”. The K-8 program includes developmentally appropriate instruction in every area. In grades 6-8, instruction in Art, Music, Health, Physical Education, and Technology Education is nine weeks in duration. The 9-12 program includes six or more credits of instruction per year toward the Maryland High School graduation requirements. (One credit is equal to an hour of daily instruction for a full school year.)

The Maryland High School graduation requirements include as a minimum:

  • 4 credits: English
  • 3 credits: Math (1 credit must be in algebra and 1 credit must be in geometry)
  • 3 credits: Science (1 credit must be in Biology)
  • 3 credits: Social Studies (US History, American Government, World History)
  • 1 credit: Fine Arts (Dance Drama, Visual Arts, or Music)
  • 1 credit: Technology Education
  • 1 credit: Physical Education/Health
  • 2 additional credits: Advanced Technology Education or Foreign Language

Glenwood Country Day School’s Responsibilities:

  • To provide oversight services in accordance with the Maryland Home Instruction COMAR 13.A.10.01
  • GCDS shall report on an annual basis, all enrollments and withdrawals to the county of residence of each GCDS family.
  • GCDS shall make available enrollment conferences for all newly-enrolled families and three reviews for all enrolled families. (Nov., Feb., May) Each review costs $100.00
  • The Director of Homeschooling, Mrs. Stradling, will discuss at the first conference what textbooks, lesson materials, and other instructional materials are suggested to be used independently by the student. Conference fee: $100.00
  • An optional educational assessment of the student can be conducted by Mrs. Stradling before homeschooling begins. Cost is determined by the number of tests given.

Application & Important Forms


Portfolio Guidelines

General Homeschooling Guidelines
Download Guidelines.


Portfolio Review Form

Complete the review form and bring it to the portfolio meeting.
Download Portfolio Review


Registration Form

Homeschooling Registration Form.
Download Registration Form


Homeschooling Notification

Download and complete the Homeschooling Notification and send the form to HCPSS in Ellicott City, MD
Download Notification Form


COMAR Instruction & Regulations

The COMAR regulation is to establish that a homeschool child is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year. Download this form to learn more about Maryland COMAR Regulations.
Download CORMAR Regulations PDF

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