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Some families are unsure of whether they'll homeschool their child throughout high school, so they're especially careful with selecting coursework for those teen years. Since individual school principals have a certain amount of discretion in how they grant high school credits for specific homeschool classes, many parents don't want to risk having their child repeat work they've already successfully completed.

Maryland homeschool regulations do not specify how homeschool work can or should be evaluated in order to determine transfer credit. The regulations are vaguely written and only specify that the school may include administration of standardized tests and examinations and interviews with the child.

Families who use online courses as part of their homeschool curriculum may have an advantage in the process of re-entering the public school system. The Maryland State Department of Education maintains an approved list of virtual coursework that has been determined to be equivalent to what is taught in Maryland high schools. Transfer students who have taken any of these pre-approved virtual classes generally receive automatic credit for that course, if an appropriate grade was earned.

Ultimately, you'll want to select courses that match your child's learning style and needs, as well as your budget. However, if you're in the market for online courses and you think your child may be heading to public school at some point in time, it might be worth looking at some of the following courses.

Download the 2017-2018 Approved Student Online Courses for the most up-to-date list of virtual learning courses school districts are required to accept as transfer credit. You can also visit the Maryland State Department of Education's website For more information about virtual learning in Maryland.

General List of Approved Virtual Courses

  • Administration of Justice II
  • Algebra 1, 2, and (honors
  • American Government (honors)
  • American Literature
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB, BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • Art Appreciation
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Audio Video Production 1, 2, and 3
  • Biology (honors)
  • British Literature
  • Business Communications
  • Business Information Management
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Business Math
  • Calculus (honors)
  • Chemistry (honors)
  • Child Development and Parenting
  • Chinese 1, 2, and 3
  • College Career Preparation
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Computing for College and Careers
  • Creative Writing
  • Cyber Security
  • Developmental Writing
  • Differential Equations
  • Digital and Interactive Media
  • Digital Photography
  • Earth Science
  • Earth Space Science (honors)
  • Economics
  • Electronic Communication Skills
  • Emergent Computer Technology
  • Engineering Design 1
  • English 1, 2, 3, 4 (honors)
  • Entrepreneurship A/B
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance Literacy
  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Foundations of Technology
  • French 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Game Design
  • Geometry (honors)
  • German 1, 2, and 3
  • Government
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Health Education
  • Human Geography
  • Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Visual Arts
  • Japanese 1 and 2
  • Java Programming 1 and 2
  • Journalism
  • Latin 1, 2, and 3
  • Leadership & Supervision in Business
  • Linear Algebra
  • Living Music 1 and 2
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Sales
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Personal Finance
  • Personal Fitness
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Principles of Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
  • Principles of Art, A/V Tech, & Communications
  • Principles of Business Management
  • Principles of Business Marketing & Finance
  • Principles of Education & Training
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Psychology A and B
  • Public Speaking
  • SAT Prep
  • Sign Language 1 and 2
  • Sociology
  • Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • US Government
  • US History (honors)
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design 1
  • Web Technologies A/B
  • World Geography
  • World History

List of Approved Providers


NOTE: Not all providers are approved to offer every virtual class listed. Be sure to verify if a specific virtual learning class offered by a specific provider has been approved by MSDE.


                     


                               

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