Parent & Tutor Expectations
Parents come to RCT with many different needs and expectations. It is our sincerest wish that all who enroll in the program clearly understand the expectations of both tutors and parents as we walk this journey together. RCT is not an umbrella organization. We are not a public institution nor a private school. We are not a "nonpublic school," "a bona fide church organization," or "a noncollegiate educational institution."
RCT is comprised of families who meet together once a week at two different campuses to provide an environment for students to gather together to dialectically share the academic material students have explored under the direct supervision of their parents during the other days of the week. We provide supplemental instruction to assist the primary teacher of the student, i.e., the parent, with accountability and experienced prior knowledge of subject matter through a suggestion of curriculae that may be used by the primary teacher. We do not provide grades, but we do assist students through helpful feedback. The successful registration of a student depends on the decision of the parent and the tutor both agreeing that the instructional relationship between the parent, tutor, and student will be conducive to the learning of the individual student as well as the other students in the class.
FAQs about Maryland Law regarding assisted homeschooling instruction:
Can a tutor or someone other than the parent or guardian be hired to teach a child who is home schooled?
No. The Home Instruction regulations (COMAR 13A.10.01) are clear that the parent or guardian is to be the primary provider of the home instruction. Other adults may assist with a special area of interest but such adults are not permitted to replace the parent or guardian as the primary provider of instruction.
Is a home schooled student prohibited from being tutored?
No. A home-schooled student may be tutored in a particular subject just as a student enrolled in a public or nonpublic school may be tutored. Regardless of whether a student is enrolled in home schooling or in a public or nonpublic school, tutoring is supplemental to each of these primary forms of instruction. Tutoring may not be substituted for the instruction that is provided by the parent or legal guardian to his/her home schooled student or the instruction provided by a public or nonpublic school to students enrolled.
Must the parent/guardian be a certified teacher?
No. Present regulations do not require parents/guardians to have teacher certification in order to home school their child(ren). [COMAR 13A.10.01.]