Operating a Delaware Homeschool
Delaware students between age 5 (by August 31st of the school year) and 15 must be enrolled in a public school, homeschool or private school. Homeschools are a non-public school run primarily by parents or legal guardians in a home residence or similar facility.
Delaware currently registers two types of homeschools:
- Single-family homeschools: Schools that educate a child or related children in a single home
- Multi-family homeschools: Schools that educate multiple, unrelated children in one or several residences or similar facilities.
Please note: DOE does not provide, endorse, accredit, approve or monitor curriculum for any nonpublic school (private or homeschool), or validate any type of credential provided by these 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.
How to open, register a Delaware homeschool
Homeschools must first register with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) before enrolling students.
- For students under age 16: Homeschools must register with DDOE, even if using an online school curriculum.
- For students ages 16 and older: Homeschools are not required to register DDOE but are welcome to do so.
Please review homeschool and private school considerations before registering with DDOE. Once registration is approved by DDOE, a homeschool is considered open and active and does not have to re-register unless it has previously closed.
Students interested in enrolling in a Delaware homeschool must withdraw from a Delaware public or private school as well. To do this:
- The homeschool must be registered and in open status with DDOE
- The homeschool must enroll the student before the student withdraws from the public or private school
- DDOE must receive the student's enrollment status from the homeschool liaison using the nonpublic school application
- The homeschool must provide the student's family a copy of the student's enrollment acknowledgement form (available in the nonpublic school application)
- The student's family must present the acknowledge page to the student's current school in order to withdraw
Student who do not follow the requirements outlined above may be considered truant.
Annual reporting requirements
Under Delaware 14 Del.C. § 2704, homeschool administrators must annually report student attendance and enrollment information to DDOE. One administrator from each homeschool must serve as a liaison to DDOE to submit attendance and enrollment information for all students.
Report attendance: Each year, homeschools must report to DDOE the total number of days the school was open for the school year as well as the total number of days students attended the school. Homeschools that fail to report their attendance information during the attendance reporting window will be closed and enrolled students withdrawn. End-of-year attendance information is due to DDOE each year on or before July 31.
2019 Attendance Reporting Window: Monday, June 3, 2019 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Report enrollment: Each year, homeschools must submit enrollment information to DDOE on or before October 5. This is a statement of student enrollment as of the last school day in September.
Homeschools registered with DDOE may report attendance and enrollment information using the nonpublic school application.
Please note: DDOE does not maintain homeschool records for currently open or previously closed schools. Students and families must contact the homeschool administrator to retrieve school records; however, DDOE may have contact information for these schools. Please contact X for more information.
For students wishing to withdrawal from a homeschool, the homeschool is administrator is required to:
- Withdraw the student from the homeschool via the nonpublic school application
- Print an acknowledgement letter from the nonpublic school application that shows the student has been withdrawn from the homeschool
- Provide a copy of the acknowledgement letter and an accurate academic portfolio to families so they can use the information to enroll the student in another school