• Welcome to Delaware Nonpublic Schools

    Information regarding COVID-19 and Delaware Nonpublic Schools

    Please be advised that the Delaware Department of Education – Nonpublic Support office is not currently open to the public due to COVID-19. If you have any questions or issues, please email nps@doe.k12.de.us. We are receiving a large volume of emails at this time and are responding in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience during this time.

    Nonpublic Schools (NPS) in Delaware include two main types of homeschool; single family and multi family homeschools as well as private schools. In order to have an open/active nonpublic school, you must register with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) as well as report annual enrollment and attendance.

    It is important to know that:

    The DDOE does not provide, 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.

    What does this mean for you:

    • The DDOE does not recommend or provide you with curriculum
    • The DDOE does not keep any student records such as grades, day to day attendance information, test scores, etc. We recommend that you keep an academic portfolio for your student containing all of this information
    • The DDOE cannot ensure that your student's next step will acknowledge records and/or diploma information from your NPS. We recommend you contact the next step to identify requirements so they can be met
    • The DDOE does not provide funding to any NPS

    Other important things to note:

    • There are no fees associated with registering your NPS with the DDOE, however there may be fees associated with the curriculum that you select
    • If your student is enrolled in an online program you still need to register a NPS with the DDOE. The program is your selected curriculum
    • The DDOE does not provide or validate diplomas for NPS students
    • The DDOE can only provide confirmation that a NPS was registered, open, and that annual attendance and enrollment were reported
    • The DDOE can only provide confirmation that a student was enrolled in a NPS


    General Homeschool Information
    General Private School Information
    Opening a Nonpublic School
    Annual Attendance and Enrollment Reporting
    Log Into the Nonpublic School Application

  • Additional Information

    Please review the following information carefully.

    Compulsory Attendance: 

    If you live in Delaware and your child(ren) is/are between the ages of 5 (by August 31st of the school year) and 18, your child(ren) must be enrolled in a public or nonpublic (private or homeschool) school. If you plan to homeschool children you must open a NPS with the DDOE.

    If you plan on your student attending a private school, you must contact the private school in order to determine what steps you must take to enroll your student. The private school is responsible for notifying the DDOE of their enrolled students.

    Records Retention: 

    The DDOE does not maintain nonpublic school records for open or closed schools. You must contact the administrator of the nonpublic school. DDOE may have contact information that it can share with you, but it is your responsibility to maintain and retrieve your school records.

    Requirements for keeping your NPS open and active: 

    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

    Annual attendance and enrollment are submitted through the Nonpublic School Application.

    Important Definitions:

    Nonpublic Schools - 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

    Private School - 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.

    HomeschoolThere are two main 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. of the last school day in September, on such forms as prescribed by the Department of Education. 


    Email: nps@doe.k12.de.us or Call: 302-241-2820.

Last Modified on December 15, 2020