• Opening a Delaware Homeschool (Single Family or Multi-Family)

    The first step in opening a homeschool is to request a DDOE Identity Management System (IMS) account login to the Nonpublic Schools application at Get Your Login Information First.

    An email with your login name and password will be sent to the email address you provided when requesting an IMS account. Log onto the Nonpublic Schools application by following the email directions. If you experience issues while attempting to log in, please send an email to: 

    non-public.schools@doe.k12.de.us

    or call 302-735-4140 for assistance with your IMS account.

    Once logged in to the Nonpublic Schools application, you will enter the school’s name first. Do not use the name of an on-line homeschool software your student(s) may be using. Create your own unique homeschool name. You will first enter the school’s name, address, telephone number, and demographic information. Secondly, you will be prompted to enter the school’s contact information along with additional information about the school. Next, you will be prompted to add a student(s) to be enrolled in your homeschool. Once you have entered all students, click Save and Continue. You will now be asked to review this information and submit. The next screen displayed will show the homeschool is in a pending status. The Delaware Department of Education will review information submitted and open the school. An email containing specific information about the school will follow.

    Once the DDOE notifies you that your homeschool is open, you will log in to the DDOE's Identity Management System (IMS)

    and click on the Nonpublic Schools icon in order to print the acknowledgement page indicating that your homeschool has been opened and your student(s) is/are enrolled. For multi-family homeschools, the school’s liaison will provide the parent/guardian with a copy of the acknowledgement page.

    Once your child(ren) is/are enrolled in an open Delaware homeschool, you are required to take the acknowledgement page which indicates the school code, school name, student name(s) and the date the school opened to the public school to withdraw your child(ren).

    Public schools will not withdraw your child(ren) to a homeschool without this acknowledgement page.


    Requirements for Keeping a Delaware Homeschool Open

    You do not need to reapply each year; however, there are two requirements in order to maintain an “open” status. 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.

    In order to meet the two requirements, log in to the DDOE’s Identity Management System (IMS)

    and click on the Nonpublic Schools icon to enter required attendance and enrollment data.

    For additional information, please see instructions for completing your homeschools enrollment.

    If attendance and/or enrollment data are not entered for your nonpublic school by the specified deadlines, the DDOE will close the nonpublic school and alert all resident districts of students previously enrolled in the nonpublic school.

    The DDOE does not retain copies of information you submit. We encourage you to maintain a copy of any documentation sent to the DDOE.

    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.


    Re-enrolling in a Public School from a Homeschool

    Single Family Homeschool

    Log in to the DDOE’s Identity Management System (IMS) and click on the Nonpublic Schools icon. Re-print the acknowledgement page showing your child(ren)’s enrollment in the single family homeschool. Take this document and an accurate portfolio, including tests, quizzes, assignments, report cards, etc. to the public school. An accurate portfolio will be helpful for re-enrollment in the public school, since it is the public school's decision which grade level your child(ren) is/are placed when re-enrolled. If re-enrolling in a public high school, you may wish to contact the public high school you intend to enroll your child(ren) to determine what it may require.

    Multi-Family Homeschool

    The multi-family homeschool liaison will remove your student(s) from the multi-family homeschool as part of the withdrawal process for your child(ren). Ask the multi-family homeschool liaison for a copy of the acknowledgement page showing your child(ren)’s enrollment in the multi-family homeschool. Take this document and an accurate portfolio, including tests, quizzes, assignments, report cards, etc. to the public school. An accurate portfolio will be helpful for re-enrollment in the public school, since it is the public school's decision which grade level your child(ren) is/are placed when re-enrolled. If re-enrolling in a public high school, you may wish to contact the public high school you intend to enroll your child(ren) to determine what it may require.


    See General Homeschool Information for additional information on Delaware homeschools.