Home Instruction (Home Schooling)

Our office has received and continues to receive hundreds of home instruction applications. Thank you for your patience with the approval process.


Parents may choose to educate their children at home rather than enrolling in a traditional public or private school. Parents must notify the local public school system of their decision to homeschool each student. Evidence of instruction in all of the following areas is required: English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health and physical education. Home instruction must be supervised either by the local public school system or by a private organization registered with the Maryland State Department of Education.

Transferring your child to home schooling for the upcoming 2020-21 school year:

Please submit via email to homeinstruction@fcps.org, a Home Instruction Notification form found on this website. Also, if you have any equipment (computer, chrome-book, etc.) which was provided to you, please return the equipment to your child’s school as soon as possible.

COVID 19 Question:

What happens if I keep my child enrolled in a FCPS school or I transfer my child to home schooling (home instruction)?

FCPS Semester One Plan (FCPS Reopening Plan).

  • Students are offered the option to participate in a FCPS sponsored on-line distance learning program. Students will not have to physically attend school (similar to the end of the 2019-20 school year).These students will earn grades, credits and/or report cards from FCPS.


Home Instruction Office
33 Thomas Johnson Drive
Frederick, MD  21702
Fax:  301-644-5246
Email: homeinstruction@fcps.org

Laura Ritchie
Home Instruction Monitor

(301) 644-4012

Joseph Burau
Home Instruction Monitor

(301) 644-5244

Forms and Information

Home Schooling: The parent becomes responsible for their child’s education.

  • The parent provides regular and thorough instruction during the school year in the subjects usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.
  • The parent or guardian selects and purchases the home school curriculum and materials to be used. Students who transfer to home schooling are no longer considered an enrolled student with FCPS, therefore they will not have access to the virtual learning materials and programs that FCPS provides.  This means there will be no access to Schoology for students transferred to home schooling.
  • Home school work must be reviewed by this office or a nonpublic entity registered with the MSDE.
  • The home school student who transfers back to a public school will have their home school work evaluated by the school in terms of promotion and credits earned. Please refer to FCPS Regulation 400-49 for details on this process.

In summary home schooling can be a wonderful experience, but please realize that it takes a lot of work, time and dedication (and possibly some money). Finally, please know we welcome all who believe home schooling is best for their child and we welcome you to transfer your child to home schooling at any time.