• COVID-19 Information for 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.

    Due to the current State of Emergency and the closure of Delaware public schools, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) will operate the nonpublic school process in a limited capacity.

    If you are considering opening a nonpublic school due to COVID-19, please read the Nonpublic School FAQs.

    Opening a NPS

    If your student is currently enrolled in a public school, you are not required to open a nonpublic school (homeschool) if you are providing additional instruction to your student during a time of remote or hybrid learning with your public school/charter. If you choose to open a homeschool, you can do so at any time during the year after August 10th, but will need to withdraw your student from public school, as students cannot be registered in both public and nonpublic school. If you decide midway through the year that you want to reenroll your student in public school you can do so at any time. Please note that in the above situation, your student can only be enrolled in your district/school of residence and not reenrolled in a choice school, charter or a special programs (such as language immersion programs).

    The application process is open online; however, nonpublic schools will be approved only if the DDOE can complete the student verification process. For those nonpublic school applications that cannot be verified, the verification will occur once public school resumes.

    If you choose to begin homeschooling before your school has been approved by the DDOE, please make sure to keep an academic portfolio for your student. Also, please be aware that the DDOE will not backdate any open date or enrollment date, but will approve the school with the enrollment date listed on the application.

    Please be advised, if you are opening a homeschool for the 2020-2021 school year, you will not be able to register for your school until August 10, 2020. This gives the Delaware Department of Education the ability to roll our system to the new school year.

    In order to open a nonpublic school (homeschool or private school) you need to register with the Delaware Department of Education. Please be advised that:

    The DDOE does not 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.

    This means that once you open the school, you are the administrator of that school and you are responsible for curriculum selection, attendance records, etc. The DDOE does not charge anything to open a homeschool. However, the curriculum that you select may have fees associated with it.

    To keep your homeschool open you do not need to reapply each year. However, you must report attendance and enrollment annually. Attendance is reported as an aggregate and is reported on or before July 31st. Enrollment is reported no later than October 5th.

    For information on:

    •    Nonpublic schools, visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3070

    •    Homeschools, visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3460

    •    Private schools, visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3461

    •    Annual reporting, visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/576

    For specific information on opening a nonpublic school, please visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/575. As an overview, it is a three-step process:

    Step one: Apply for your EdAccess account here: https://ssoapply.doe.k12.de.us/#home. Be sure to check you email in order to verify your account.

    Step two: Log into the Nonpublic School application with your EdAccess account, select the nonpublic school icon, and then fill out the application for your school. You will register students at this time as well. You will then wait for approval

    Step three: Once you receive the approval notification for your school and student(s), log back into the Nonpublic School application. You will be taken to your homeschool homepage. At the top the page, click the Acknowledgement button and print the Acknowledgement letter. This letter must be taken to your student’s current school to withdraw them

    For nonpublic school support email nps@doe.k12.de.us.

Last Modified on August 18, 2020