Home Instruction (Home Schooling)

Semester Two Review Opens March 22nd, scroll down for details and links.

What is Home Instruction (Home Schooling)?

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

Resources to build knowledge about Maryland home instruction regulations:


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

How is this different than Virtual Learning?

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, equipment and programs that FCPS provides. This means there will be no access to Schoology for students transferred to home schooling.

Virtual Learning is one of the current delivery models of instruction for FCPS enrolled students. Students are offered the option to participate in a FCPS sponsored on-line distance learning program and do not have to physically attend school. Students are accountable for attendance and coursework. They receive grades, credits and/or report cards.

How do I transfer to Home Instruction?

Complete a Home Instruction Notification form.

Be sure to note your oversight options: either FCPS oversight or select a Non-public Entity Registered to Supervise Home Instruction. A list of these programs can be found here:

Non-public Entities Registered to Supervise Home Instruction (Umbrella)

Submit your form via email to homeinstruction@fcps.org (preferred)

or US Mail:

Home Instruction Office
ATTN: Notification
33 Thomas Johnson Drive
Frederick, MD 21702

If you are current FCPS student, please return any equipment (computer, Chromebook, Mobile Hotspot) to your child’s school.

Can I return to FCPS schools as we move to a hybrid or face-to-face instructional model?

Students may return to their public school, however, be sure to contact the school’s front office in advance to obtain re-enrollment and re-entry information. Homeschool students who want to transfer back to a public school will have their homeschool portfolio materials, etc., evaluated by the school principal to determine placement and transfer credits. Please refer to FCPS Regulation 400-49 for details on this process.

I am home schooling under FCPS oversight, what can I expect from a portfolio review?

Semester Two Portfolio Reviews and Annual Verification

Review window will open March 22nd, 2021 with reviews due no later than June 1st, 2021.  


Due to continued safety and health measures, the semester two reviews will remain the same as semester one with the added option of a GOOGLE FORM. All reviews will receive a response with feedback and the status of the review. Please review the directions for each review option, so that the review process will remain efficient and timely.

ANNUAL VERIFICATION: This is a requirement of CoMar and our FCPS regulation. The verification is included in Option 1 (Google Form) and Option 2 (Portfolio Summary Review Form). For Option 3 (Transcript/Grade Report) and Option 4 (Digital Portfolio), please include a response to the following in your email to portfolioreviews@fcps.org:

What are your plans for School Year 2021-22?

  • Continue homeschooling
  • Return to school- please include the name of the school(s)
  • Graduating this year
  • Other- moving, etc.

Are there any additional students enrolling on home instruction?  Please include their name and SY 2021-22 grade level.

Semester 2 Review Options:

  • Option 1: Google Form: Similar to the Summary Review Form used during first semester and the profile form used in years past; use this link above to access the Google Form: https://forms.gle/oGB22bGN2XNSRLbK6. This is an easy, fillable form that will send a pdf report of your submission directly back to you for future reference or your records. You will want to gather a list of materials of instruction and topics of study prior to completing the form. The form can be accessed by computer or phone and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Also included in this form is your annual verification for next year! 
  • Option 2: Portfolio Summary Review Form: Email/or mail a completed Portfolio Summary Review Form: Fillable PDF | MS Word. The updated form includes the annual verification as well. Please view this sample portfolio summary review form.
  • Option 3: Transcripts/Grade Reports: Email/scan/or mail a copy of a transcript/grade or progress report received from the organization/college/program/co-op (i.e. Penn Foster, Liberty, Keystone, ABEKA etc.) your child is working with. Please include in your email the student name and your plans for next year as described above. Please view this sample transcript, sample American Academy transcript and sample grade report.
  • Option 4: Digital Portfolio: Email/scan/mail one or two samples of your student’s BEST work for each subject. Please no more than 8 attachments. Embedding pictures into a document and then saving it as a pdf is easily accessed by our staff. Please include in your email the student name and your plans for next year as described above. Samples should be jpegs, docs or pdfs. Please review this sample digital portfolio.

If these options do not work for your family, please contact the home instruction office at homeinstruction@fcps.org.