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Once again, the AFCEA CMD Chapter has scholarships to offer graduating high school seniors who will pursue a college education starting in the fall of 2022. Do you know a deserving student?

Encourage them to submit an application!

Materials are available on the AFCEA CMD Chapter website and have also been distributed to high schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, and Prince George’s Counties, and Baltimore City.

This year we are offering three scholarships: STEM (which has several options), Morgenstern STEM Community College, and Chrissy Bobb STEM Community College. Each scholarship has its own criteria and requirements.  For an overview of these STEM scholarships and a link to each scholarship and the application link at

Applications are different this year. All required material must be submitted online. Applications consist of an online form with information about the applicant and six essay questions.  Attach the required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and SAT or ACT test scores to the form.

Find the application at Create an account, select Scholarship Applicant for user type, and start to provide information. You cannot submit the application until your references submit their letters of recommendation.

Deadline for application submittals is January 16th, 2022 – only 15 weeks from now!

For any questions or if you need additional information, please contact



Home Instruction Overview

Part 1 - How to begin Home Instruction in Maryland video

Part 2 - Required Components of a Maryland Home Instruction Program video

Part 3 - Special Topics for Home Schooling High School Aged Students 

Pathway to a Maryland High School Diploma (GED) for Students Receiving Home Instruction Power Point

Army Presentation for Home Instruction Students **

**Please note, the MSDE is only sharing for informational purposes and is not making an endorsement. 

Home schooling is instruction provided by a parent or legal guardian in lieu of enrolling the child in a public or private school. A parent or guardian who chooses to provide regular and thorough instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education should:

  1. Review the home instruction application packet below and complete a Home School Notification Form. Indicate on the form if your home instruction program will be supervised by:
    • Carroll County Public Schools (Option A) or,
    • If you are enrolled under the supervision of an MSDE Registered Oversight Groups (Option B).
    • **If you are enrolling in an online school and they are not on the MSDE registered oversight list, then you will select box A on page 2 of the Notification form and CCPS will be your oversight.
  2. Your home instruction program must:
  • Provide regular, thorough instruction in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age;
  • Include instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education.
  • Take place on a regular basis during the school year and be of sufficient duration.

3.   Parents or guardians providing a home instruction program must maintain and present a portfolio of materials to be reviewed two times per year. A parent or guardian who chooses to provide home instruction for his or her child is responsible for selecting and purchasing the curriculum and instructional materials to be used. Local school systems do not provide curriculum or materials for this purpose. Summary sheets may be used in conjunction with your portfolio to help make the portfolio review process more efficient.

4. Returning to high school:  If/when your child re-enrolls in CCPS, you would contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to schedule a credit review for any coursework you are seeking high school credit for (i.e. grades/transcripts from online coursework can be submitted, and/or actual student coursework). Credit reviews are separate from portfolio reviews while enrolled in Home Instruction! Any coursework that receives high school credit will be awarded a P/F grade. Please contact the Department of Curriculum & Instruction to schedule your credit review: 410-751-3046.

5. Parents or guardians using option A under the review of Carroll County Public Schools should sign up for a portfolio review using the links at the bottom of the CCPS Home Instruction web pageLinks are only active during the sign-up periods.

6. Parents or guardians using option B should contact the umbrella group that is providing home instruction oversight to schedule a portfolio review. 


Home Instruction Information / Application Packet Portfolio Review Forms: 

Notification Form
COMAR Regulations

CCPS Scope and Sequence
MSDE Curriculum Framework Website  
MSDE Home Instruction Information Page
MSDE Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding the Portfolio Review Process  

Portfolio Guidelines    

Summary Review Sheets  *Optional
Annual Spring Intention Form 

Top Ten Tips for Creating a Review Portfolio


 GED Home Instruction Verification form Home instruction students may take the GED beginning at age 16.

You must be at least 16 years of age to register to take the GED® tests. If you are 16, 17, or 18 and are receiving or have completed home instruction:

You must provide verification of participation in home instruction by submitting a GED home instruction verification form to the Maryland GED® Office. Please complete the student contact information section of the form and contact the Home Instruction Office at 410-751-3013 to schedule an appointment for your form to be certified.  In most cases, the form can be completed and mailed to you. 

GED Diplomas now say "Maryland High School Diploma" (not "GED")

 MVA Learners Permit form - DL-300

 Maryland State Law requires all applicants for a learner’s permit, under the age of 16, to demonstrate acceptable school attendance in the prior school semester. To verify school attendance, the Home School Coordinator must complete sections B and D of the DL-300 form. Please complete section A on the DL-300 form and contact the Home Instruction Office at (410) 751-3013 to schedule an appointment for your form to be certified. Forms will be completed by appointment only.


Emily Polanco Van Horn

Home Instruction 

Carroll County Public Schools



Student Services Home Instruction Department                            

125 N. Court Street

Westminster, MD 21157

V 410-751-3013, fax 410-751-3695


SIGN-UP for FALL Reviews OPEN on 10/19/22 and CLOSE on 10/28/22!!

     Please call the Student Services DEPT to schedule if you missed the sign-up. 

                                                                       **Reviews will be virtual via Microsoft TEAMS for the Fall reviews.

  **If you are unable to review via TEAMS, please contact our office at 410-751-3120 for alternative review methods


Please use the links below to schedule a portfolio review:

Janet Bubnash - Sign Up

Rose Mattavi - Sign Up   

Dolly Mersinger - Sign Up

Carol Richardson - Sign Up

Lynn Smith - Sign Up        

Tom Kirk Sign Up         



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