General Homeschool Information
If you plan to homeschool children under the age of 16, you must open a homeschool with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) even if your child(ren) is/are using an online school's curriculum. You do not have to open a homeschool with the DDOE if your child is 16 or older; however you are welcome to do so.
For multi-family homeschools, the school’s liaison will add students to the multi-family homeschool as part of the enrollment process and provide the parent/guardian with a copy of the acknowledgement page.
For clarification, if your child(ren) withdraws from a Delaware public or private school to enroll in a Delaware homeschool, that homeschool must be opened and your child(ren) enrolled in that homeschool before your child(ren) is/are withdrawn from a Delaware public or private school. The DDOE must be made aware of their homeschool status or the student will be considered truant in their previous school.
The DDOE does not maintain or retain any academic records for homeschool students. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Report cards and promotion
- State Assessments
The DDOE encourages homeschool administrators to maintain and retain a portfolio and records for their student(s). This portfolio may be needed by the student’s next step (i.e. college admissions, career readiness, etc.) or for a special circumstance (i.e. re-entry to a Delaware public school). For multi-family homeschools, the DDOE recommends that parents ensure they receive a copy of all such records and retain them for their student(s) as a homeschooled student may find they need this information years down the road.
Please note, if a student returns to public school in Delaware, it is the public school’s decision which grade level a student is placed when re-enrolled in a public school.
The DDOE does not provide or recommend the curriculum of any homeschool.
After opening your homeschool, you will be responsible for the courses, course work, materials and supplies needed.
Online Schools - An online school is not an open Delaware homeschool. Online schools do not report student enrollment and attendance to the DDOE.
After your child(ren) is/are enrolled in an “open status” Delaware homeschool, you may choose to participate in an online curriculum as long as you continue to maintain your “open status” homeschool with the DDOE.
Report Cards and Promotion to the Next Grade:
The DDOE does not issue report cards for any homeschool. Nor does the DDOE determine whether a student is qualified for promotion to the next grade level. Both grading and promotion are determined by primary contact/administrator of the homeschool.
Report cards will come from the single family homeschool or multi-family homeschool. It is up to the homeschool to determine promotion criteria and promotion is reported with the required annual enrollment submission, no later than October 5.
The DDOE does not issue diplomas for any homeschool or validate any type of credential provided by those schools. The DDOE does not retain copies of any diplomas for homeschool students.
The diploma will be issued by, and come from the homeschool.
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 a homeschool or multi-family homeschool under consideration.
The DDOE does not administer or provide state assessments to homeschool students.
There are private options available if you wish to pursue annual testing for you child(ren). Homeschool students are eligible for these private options to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams. The DDOE cannot recommend any specific private option.
Participation in Public School Sports
Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) regulations 1008 and 1009 require that in order for a student to represent a school in interscholastic athletics they must be enrolled at that school as a full-time student and the school must be a member school of the DIAA.
Participation in Driver Education
A student enrolled in a Delaware homeschool and who is a resident of Delaware is entitled to one free driver education course through an adult education program pursuant to DDOE Regulation 540. Adult education programs in a district offering driver education and driver education classes at the YMCA in Dover are approved programs by the DDOE.
Please note, the course is offered for free but there is a registration fee that varies depending on your selected location.
Students who are not successful in their initial driver education course may register in any of the adult driver education programs for a fee.
The parent shall bring the following documents to the district, YMCA, or adult education program for enrollment in the driver education course.
- The acknowledgement page showing the student’s enrollment in the nonpublic school. For a copy of the acknowledgement page, log in to the DDOE’s Identity Management System (IMS) and click on the Nonpublic Schools icon. When the nonpublic school’s homepage displays, click the “Print Acknowledgement” link.
- A copy of the student’s recent report card/grades for verification of eligibility for free driver education and to prove academic eligibility for a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) pursuant to 14 C. § 4125.
For more information on Driver Education, please visit the Driver Education page.
Social Security Forms
The DDOE will not sign a social security form for any homeschool.
- Single Family Homeschool - The primary contact is the administrator of the homeschool and the school official that would sign this document. The DDOE will not sign this document.
- Multi-Family Homeschool - The multi-family homeschool primary contact/liaison/administrator is the school official and would sign this document. The DDOE will not sign this document.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 302-241-2820.