Home Instruction

  • **NEW UPDATE**

    Portfolios are due any day from January 1 to January 31, 2024. I would prefer that the educational evidence be sent as an email.  You should have received an email message with the contact information for the individual that will be reviewing your portfolio. Please email your portfolio to that person assigned in the email message.  You will receive a Portfolio Review Summary for your submission via email in February.  

    The evidence required is two parts:

    • Part 1 is an introduction that briefly describes the 8 required subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Health) and lists the resources being used. This introduction can also include the extracurricular activities that your student is doing, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Field Trips, etc.
    • Part 2 is three to five work samples for each subject. For some of you that educational evidence will be the progress reports and/or the report cards from various online programs. Please remember that if your online program does not cover all 8 subjects, then you must supplement using materials of your own.

    If sending your education evidence by email creates too much of a hardship, hard copy educational evidence in subject-divided binders or folders can be dropped off at the George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center (201 Booth Street, Elkton) on the following Tuesdays in January (9, 16, 23 and 30), between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The portfolios will be reviewed that week and must be picked up on Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Portfolio Review Summary will be attached to the portfolio binder/folders. 

    Again, email is the preferred method for portfolio submission. We will follow this same procedure when the portfolios are due in May/June 2024. Currently, the last day of school is June 13, 2024, and that will be the last day to turn in portfolios for the 2023-2024 school year. Please feel free to call me at 443-693-3096 should you have any questions or concerns.

     Best Regards,

    Gretchen Zahn






    MSDE Videos

    Part 1 Initiating Home Instruction

    Part 2 Components of a Home Instruction Program

    Part 3 Special Topics for High School Aged Students