Home School Umbrella

Umbrella membership is currently ONLY OPEN for families of Mt Oak Church.

Mount Oak Christian Home School exists to help parents meet their God-given responsibilities to teach their children “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut. 6:7)

Mount Oak Christian School is recognized and registered by the state of Maryland to serve as an Umbrella to oversee the home teaching for Christian families living in the community. (please note we are not accredited since we are not a school.  We provide oversight for home school families.  We DO NOT offer classes, just oversight) The Umbrella offers support to families with children in K-12 including High School transcripts and diplomas.

The purpose of the Mount Oak School is to equip parents with some of the tools they will need to teach their own children. Parents choose the curriculum and methods to best meet the needs of each child. The Umbrella provides guidance for planning the school year and twice a year evaluations of the students’ work.

•Annual Portfolio Planning

•Mid-year and Year-end Portfolio Reviews

•High School Transcripts

•High School Graduation

•High School Diplomas

•MACHE membership

•Homeschool Information Updates

•Access to Mt Oak Sports Program that competes in church league

We host the Annual Used Curriculum Fair which is usually the first Tuesday of June.  For information on the Used Curriculum Fair, please contact Molly Holloway at molly.holloway@verizon.net. 

“It is our task to faithfully teach our children the ways of God. It is the Holy Spirit’s task to work through the Word of God to change their hearts. What your children need is spiritual nurturing.” -Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart

“The aim of education is to prepare children to live in contemporary society; to develop their relationship with God, His world, and people; and to cultivate an appreciation of culture and ideas. This includes the necessity of being able to ask questions, to draw their own conclusions, and to become independent thinkers.” -Diane Lopez, Teaching Children

Director – Michele Herring: michele.herring@hotmail.com PLEASE NOTE that we are currently CLOSED for membership this year. If you are searching for an umbrella, here is a link to other Umbrella groups registered in the state of MD: http://nonpublicschoolsdb.marylandpublicschools.org/nonpublic/home_instruction/DisplayLocationsByCounty.asp

Links to Mt Oak Home School Documents

  1. PortfolioAnnualReviewForm
  2. High School Credit Contract
  3. 4 Year Plan High School Credit Form
  4. High School Paperwork directions
  5. Mount Oak Home School Info Sheet
  6. Renewal Application
  7. Work Study Questions
  8. Work Study Manager Review

NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING?  You will need to contact your county and send in a Homeschool Notification form a few weeks prior to beginning your home schooling.  Here is the link to the PG County Homeschool webpage that contains the form and additional information if you reside in PG County: http://www1.pgcps.org/homeschooling/  For Anne Arundel County, please visit this webpage:  http://www.aacps.org/homeschooling/procedures.asp  If you are brand new to homeschooling and want to find out where/how to begin finding out more about homeschooling your child, visit this great site: http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/getting-started-homeschooling/ and finally one more site that is a quick summary on homeschooling: http://www.homeschool.com/articles/mostimportant/

HOW TO HOMESCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL: HSLDA has a great webpage on where to start and what to think about for homeschooling your high school student: http://www.hslda.org/highschool/faq.asp  I also found these websites helpful too but they pertain more about high school years and prepping for going to college:  http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/high-school-beyond/homeschool-to-college/ AND https://www.homeschool-life.com/521/custom/16764

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES In Prince Georges and Anne Arundel County: (Please note that Mt Oak Homeschool Umbrella does not endorse any of the below homeschool groups/opportunities/services but is just collecting known options that exist in our community and compiling them in one spot for you to research for your homeschool needs.) To be added to the below list, please email the Director at homeschool@mtoak.org and you MUST HAVE A WEB SITE that we can link to.  If you need to create one, we recommend www.wix.com.  It is easy and FREE.


Bridge Tutorial Ministres (Bowie)

Bridge Elementary Tutorial (Mitchellville)

Bowie Crofton Homeschool Group (Bowie)

Classical Conversations (Throughout MD)

Renaissance Tutorial (Bowie)

St Peter the Rock (Bowie)

Schaeffer Educational Cooperative (Bowie)

Becky Kang Education (Bowie and Crofton)

Shabach Christian Academy Homeschool (Landover)

Cheverly STEM Education Center (Cheverly)

The Living Water School & Home School Ctr (Hillcrest Heights)

The Excelsior Academy (Odenton)

ACTS-Annapolis Classical Tutorial Service (Annapolis)

Unitas Classical Christian Tutorial (Annapolis)

Mathnasium (Annapolis)

The Maven Academy (Annapolis)

TALS Education Program (Crownsville)

St Thomas Aquinas Tutorial (Arnold)

St John Paul II Academy Co-op (Severna Park)

St John Paul II High School Tutorial (Glen Burnie)

Cornerstone Homeschool Tutorial (Pasadena)

Severn Run Classical Christian Homeschool Academy (Severn Run)

Granite Classical Tutorial (Columbia)

Specturn Christian Homeschool Community (Savage)


Professional Services and Private Tutors:

Ginger Schollenberger-Learning disabilities (Southern Anne Arundel County)

Kurt Russell-Mathnasium (Annapolis)


Support Groups and Advocate Groups:

Central MD Inclusive Homeschoolers

Bowie Crofton Homeschoolers

Arundel Homeschoolers

Godly Home Educating Mothers (Clinton)

Maryland Association of Christian Homes Educators (MACHE)

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)

Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH)

Children of Faith Umbrella (Glenn Dale)

Maryland Homeschool Association (MDHSA)

MD Hand in Hand Homeschool (MD HIH)


Homeschool Fairs:

MD State Homeschool Curriculum Fair

MD Catholic Conferences


Sports for Homeschoolers:

Mount Oak Saints (Fall Soccer & Volleyball, Winter Basketball and Spring Flag Fotball)

Bowie Boys and Girls Clubs

Bay Area Volleyball

Recreational Youth Athletic League (RYAL)

RYAL Soccer


Clubs for Homeschoolers:

National Christian Forensics and Communications Assoc (Speech/Debate)

Institute for Cultural Communicators (Speech/Debate)

Team 5830-The Irrational Engineers (robotics in Lanham)

PG County Home School Chess Club (PGCHSCC)