How to Withdraw Your Teenager From School in Maryland

Each state has its own laws regarding education. If you live in the state of Maryland, you'll need to know the laws if you wish to withdrawal your teenager from high school. There are several reasons a parent would need to do this. Some parents make the choice to home-school instead of utilizing public or private education. This may be because of bullying or other problems, or parents may want a different learning path for their child. Other teenagers prefer to take their GED and get started with a career.

  1. Review Maryland's drop-out age, which is the minimum age a child can be withdrawn from school without having to legally continue an education. According to the Washington Times, Maryland's drop-out age is 16.

  1. Contact the administration at the school your child is currently attending. Request withdrawal forms, and let the school know why you are withdrawing your teen. If he meets the drop-out age, no further documentation will be needed.

  1. Submit an overview of your home-school program to the local superintendent 15 days before you start your home instruction program. You must be able to show you are going to teach your child the following subjects: mathematics, English, history, science, art, music, health and physical education.

  1. Submit an annual verification form to the superintendent at the beginning of each school year to let him know you are continuing to home-school your child. Do this each year until your teenager graduates or drops out after reaching the legal drop-out age.

  2. Tips

    You can review the Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.10.01 to see all of Maryland's home-schooling requirements.


    If you home-school, you will need to keep a portfolio to prove your child is completing her school work.