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Heritage Academy

2510 Sandy Hook Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

Maryland Based Umbrella School

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OUR MISSION

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

SERVICES

What We Offer

Homeschool Forum & Field Trips

Join our community of homeschooling parents and find field trips to make memories that will last

Umbrella School

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.

Umbrella School

What's Included

SCHOOL RECORDS

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.

Testimonials

Parents Recommend

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Field Trip Forum

Benefits

Field Trips

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

Homeschooling Advice

Ask questions you have about homeschooling and get advice from experienced homeschooling parents

Mobile App

Take the forum on the go with our convenient mobile app

Nancy T.

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!

Amy F.

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!

Kim R.

The Heritage Academy only required us to meet the Maryland homeschool requirements. This was a plus for our family

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Forum

Do I have to live in Maryland to be in the Forum?


No! Anyone can join the forum.





Heritage Academy

What is an Umbrella School?


An umbrella school operates as a legal covering for your homeschool. We keep all records and provide legal transcripts.




What is a Portfolio Review?


A portfolio review is an end of the year meeting between you and your umbrella school. The parent provides samples of instructional materials, reading materials, and examples of your child's school work. Schedule your 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
Total Credits Needed to Graduate - 21




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.





Homeschooling

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Required Subjects: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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. School officials, with the written recommendation of a licensed doctor or a State Department of Education certified or licensed psychologist, may provide other free education or permit the child to be withdrawn from school as long as the above conditions exist. If a child is withdrawn from school, the county board must make provisions for the education of the child. Read the Law: Md. Code, Education § 7–301




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.
Read the Law: Md. Code, Education § 7–301




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.




Must we participate in testing?


No. Parents may elect to have their homeschool children participate in Maryland state assessment administered to the public school students. These standardized tests are aligned to Maryland’s state curriculum. Should your children participate in this testing, their scores will be shared with the local school principal where your child took the test. Parents may decline to have their child participate in this testing.





Upcoming Events

Movies As Literature Group
B & O Railroad Field Trip
UPPER ELEMENTARY BOOK CLUB
Middle School Winter Game Club
LEGO CLUB
Natural Health Class
Mom's Day Out
Desperate Housewives of the Bible
ART SHOW
Spring Turkey Shoot