Welcome to Delaware Nonpublic Schools
The DDOE does not endorse, accredit, approve or monitor curriculum for any nonpublic school (private or homeschool), or validate any type of credential provided by those schools. Students and parents/guardians must investigate the school themselves and ask if they are accredited. Students and parents/guardians may wish to contact a college, university, training program, licensing entities, or employer to determine if they will accept the diploma from the nonpublic school under consideration.
If you live in Delaware and your child(ren) is/are between the ages of 5 (by August 31st of the school year) and 16, your child(ren) must be enrolled in a public or nonpublic (private or homeschool) school.
A nonpublic school shall mean a private school as that term is defined in 14 DE Admin. Code 255 or any homeschool defined in 14 Del.C. §2703A.
A private school shall mean a school having any or all of grades kindergarten through twelve, operating under a board of trustees and maintaining a faculty and plant which are properly supervised and shall be interpreted further to include an accredited or approved college or university.
There are two types of homeschool options in Delaware:
Single Family Homeschool - The education of one's own child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence.
Multi-Family Homeschool - The education of children, primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such children mainly in one or several residences, or other facilities, when such children are not all related to each other as brother or sister. A person shall act as a liaison to the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) for reporting enrollment and attendance information for all families involved.
Steps to Opening a Delaware Nonpublic School (Private or Homeschool)
To open a Delaware nonpublic school (private or homeschool), you must first open your nonpublic school online with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). You can start the process by going to the Opening a Delaware Nonpublic School page.
Requirements for Keeping a Delaware Nonpublic School (Private or Homeschool) Open
There are two requirements. Pursuant to Delaware law, 14 Del.C. § 2704:
(a) All persons conducting nonpublic schools shall report end of the year attendance information to the DDOE annually, on or before July 31, on such forms as shall be prescribed by the DDOE.
(b) Such persons shall also submit annually, no later than October 5, a statement of pupil enrollment as of the last school day in September, on such forms as prescribed by the Department of Education.