Heritage Homeschool Community
We are a Christ-centered group with a mission to disciple our children, encourage moms, and build relationships. Our group provides opportunities for families to come together to enrich their students’ learning experience with field trips, workshops, play dates, and celebrations. We hope to give opportunities for parents and children to share their gifts and talents to serve others. We want to transform education…for the glory of God.
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, that they they may have the full riches to complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
What We Offer
The Heritage Academy is registered with the state of Maryland to oversee home instruction and verify compliance with the county. Our primary responsibility as an "umbrella" program is to verify that homeschool parents registered with us are providing regular, thorough instruction to their children according to COMAR 13A.10.01.
Heritage Academy will keep student records, including but not limited to: transfers, transcripts, attendance reports, grade average reports, and achievement test scores.
High School Transcripts
Transcripts will be provided for high school students that can be used in the college application process
HIGH SCHOOL Diploma
Students who meet all of the state graduation requirements and Heritage Academy’s additional graduation requirements will receive a high school diploma. You can view our high school planning sheet for complete graduation requirements.
hIGH sCHOOL Graduation
Students who meet all of the state graduation requirements and Heritage Academy's graduation requirements will receive a high school diploma. You can view our high school planning sheet for complete graduation requirements.
Field Trip Forum
Find & register for fun field trips that will make lasting memories for you and your family
Connect & Chat
Connect and chat with other homeschooling families in your area
Ask questions you have about homeschooling and get advice from experienced homeschooling parents
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The Heritage Academy has been a great umbrella school for our family.
Michele is wonderful to work with and has helped guide me and my
boys through the high school years. I would highly recommend them!
The Heritage Academy has been an amazing support for our homeschool. Michele offered valuable information and ideas on how to transition from public school to homeschool. She was prompt with our transcripts and diplomas. Our family highly recommends the Heritage Academy!
The Heritage Academy only required us to meet the Maryland homeschool requirements. This was a plus for our family
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to live in Maryland to be in the Forum?
No! Anyone can join the forum.
What is an Umbrella School?
What is a Portfolio Review?
What are the Heritage Academy's high school graduation requirements?
In order to graduate from the Heritage Academy, your high school student must complete the following credits required by the state of Maryland and the Heritage Academy:
Bible/Christian Service - 3 Credits
English (Ex: Literature, Grammar, Composition, Speech) - 4 Credits
Math (Ex: Algebra, Consumer Math, Geometry, etc) - 3 Credits
Science (Ex: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental) - 3 Credits
Social Studies (Must include one U.S. History credit) - 3 Credits
Physical Education/Health - 1 Credit
Electives - 4 Credits
How does an Umbrella School differ from a public/private school?
Umbrella schools do not operate as a traditional school. Umbrella schools are meant for homeschoolers and do not provide classes or learning materials for students to earn credits.
What are the benefits of joining an Umbrella School?
Why you should join an Umbrella School:
Umbrella schools keep all of your students' records and high school transcripts.
Parents are free to choose the curriculums your child learns from.
Most umbrella schools provide a graduation ceremony for homeschoolers.
Your child can learn at their own pace.
You do not have to answer to the county.
A Strong sense of community with a lot of encouragement.
Do I need to live in the state of Maryland to be under the Heritage Academy Umbrella School?
Yes, you are required to have a Maryland state address. We cannot legally provide services for those outside the state of Maryland.
How do I legally start homeschooling in Maryland?
In order to legally homeschool in the state of Maryland, parents must file a Notice of Intent to Homeschool form with their county homeschool liaison. The Notice of Intent form, required by COMAR, must be filed 15 days before beginning to homeschool. This form neither requests state or local approval nor permission for a family to educate their child at home. The form simply notifies that school district of a family’s choice to homeschool.
You may file your Notice of Intent form any time of year. However, should you wish to start homeschooling with the beginning of a new school year, you should file the form by mid-August.
File a Notice of Consent form with your superintendent. This form may also be called the Maryland State Home School Notification Form. Your child could be considered truant if you do not withdraw him or her from their school without immediately filing this form.
- Required Subjects: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education.
- Provide the Required Instruction: You must provide regular, thorough instruction in the required above subjects. The law does not state a certain amount of hours per day, but rather states “of sufficient duration.”
- Maintain a Portfolio - You must maintain a portfolio of your educational materials. This should include instructional materials, reading materials, and examples of your child’s schoolwork.
What are the legal requirements for homeschooling in Maryland?
What is the compulsory school age in Maryland?
Maryland law requires that all children between the ages of 5 and 18, who live in Maryland to attend school.
Read the Law: Md. Code, Education § 7–301
Does my child have to attend Kindergarten?
Yes! Every child must attend kindergarten before entering the first grade.
Exemption: A child may be exempted from kindergarten if attending a full-time licensed child care center, a full-time registered family child care center, or a part-time Head Start five year old program. The parent or guardian must file a written request with the local school system and verify that the child is enrolled.
Delay: Kindergarten may be delayed for 1 year if the child’s parent or guardian files a written request with the local school system asking for a delay due to the child’s level of maturity.
Read the Law: Md. Code, Education § 7–301
My child is handicap, are they required to attend school?
Yes! A child who has a mental, emotional, or physical handicap must attend school UNLESS the child's condition makes attending school harmful to the child’s development or if the child may cause serious physical harm to others.
Are there any exceptions to school attendance?
Every child under 18 years of age must attend school unless the child:
- has a high school diploma or GED;
- has a disability and has completed requirements for a Maryland high school certificate of completion;
- is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age (homeschool, nonpublic school);
- has completed receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age;
- is severely ill and requires home or hospital instruction;
- is married;
- is in military service;
- is committed by court order to an institution without an educational program;
- provides financial support to the child’s family as documented by a local department of social services;
- has been expelled
- is pregnant or a parent and is enrolled in an alternative educational program;
- attends an alternative educational program;
- attends a public school on a part–time basis and attends a private career school, with guardian and school official consent; or
- received a waiver by the State Superintendent.
How long does my child need to attend school each year?
Schools are required by law to be open for at least three hours each school day, for at least 180 days school days, and for at least 1,080 school hours during a 10-month period in each school year.
The local board of education will set the start and end dates for public schools in the county. Check your school system's website for calendars and more information.
Read the law: Md. Code, Education § 7-103
How do I withdraw my child from public school in the state of Maryland?
If your child is currently in school you must formally withdraw them from that school. You must complete a Notice of Consent and notify your local school system. Call the school your child currently attends to find out where to send the Notice of Consent form.