• General Homeschool Information

    If you plan to homeschool children under the age of 16, you must open a homeschool with the 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.

    This enrollment is mandatory to homeschool children under the age of 16 no matter what curriculum you have chosen for your child(ren), even if your chosen curriculum is an online school.

    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.

    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that homeschool must be opened and your child(ren) enrolled in that homeschool before your child(ren) is/are withdrawn from a Delaware public or private school.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.

    Curriculum

    After opening your homeschool, you will be responsible for the courses, course work and supplies needed. Delaware school districts typically do not coordinate with homeschools. The State does not provide or recommend the curriculum of any nonpublic school.

    The Homeschool Association of Delaware website is available for your consideration. This association is not affiliated with or endorsed by the DDOE.

    These are only examples of resources that are publicly available.

    State Assessments

    State assessments are not administered to nonpublic school students (private or homeschool) by public schools.

    However, there are affordable 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 Homeschool Association of Delaware website is available for your consideration. This association is not affiliated with or endorsed by the DDOE.

    These are only examples of resources that are publicly available.

    Report Cards and Promotion to the Next Grade

    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 State does not issue report cards for any nonpublic school (private or homeschool).

    A report card issued by a homeschool is used to facilitate communication between school and home. You should always maintain a portfolio and records for your child(ren), you may find that it may be needed for a special circumstance (i.e. re-entry to a Delaware public school), since it is the public school’s decision which grade level a student is placed when re-enrolled in a public school. Otherwise, the report card issued by a homeschool may have little relevance to homeschooling. Multi-family homeschools may or may not issue report cards.

    The Homeschool Association of Delaware website is available for your consideration. This association is not affiliated with or endorsed by the DDOE.

    These are only examples of resources that are publicly available.

    Diplomas

    The diploma will come from the single family homeschool or multi-family homeschool. The State does not issue diplomas 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.

    You may also contact experienced homeschoolers for current information and examples. The Homeschool Association of Delaware website is available for your consideration. This association is not affiliated with or endorsed by the DDOE.

    These are only examples of resources that are publicly available.

    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 nonpublic school (private and 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.

    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 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.
    • Bring 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.

    Social Security Forms

    Single Family Homeschool

    You are the school official and would sign this document. The DDOE will not sign this document.

    Multi-Family Homeschool

    The multi-family homeschool liaison/administrator is the school official and would sign this document. The DDOE will not sign this document.


    Questions?

    Email: non-public.schools@doe.k12.de.us or Call: 302-735-4140.

    The Homeschool Association of Delaware website is available for your consideration. This association is not affiliated with or endorsed by the DDOE.

    These are only examples of resources that are publicly available.