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Compulsory Attendance Age Rises to 17 This Summer, then 18
Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maryland. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>
This is just a reminder that because of the enactment of SB 362 in 2012, the age of compulsory school attendance in Maryland will rise from 16 to 17 on July 1, 2015. It will then rise from 17 to 18 on July 1, 2017.
On the other hand, once a child has hit the age at which he is exempt, he will not be subject to a higher age limit later on. If a child turns 16 before July 1, 2015, he will not be subject to the higher compulsory age (17) that goes into effect after that date. And if a child turns 17 before July 1, 2017, he will not be subject to the higher compulsory age (18) that goes into effect on that date.
Beginning July 1, 2015, a child is exempt from compulsory attendance if he obtains a high school diploma, a GED, or has completed a homeschool instruction program.
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