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Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary


An intermediate appellate court ruled against private school students who sought to participate in a public school extracurricular activity. Thomas v. Allegany County Bd. of Educ., 443 A.2d 622 (Md. App. 1982).

A private school may include homeschool athletes on its teams without losing its eligibility, according to the Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletics Association’s “Approved Standards of Competition.” (This policy was adopted as the result of a federal lawsuit, Bressler v. Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletics Association, JFM-05CV783 (D. Md. 2005).)

For more information on public school access, see HSLDA’s Issues Library and HSLDA’s State Laws Concerning Participation of Homeschool Students in Public School Activities.

Updated July 14, 2017