Delaware Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Delaware

How do I start homeschooling?

In Delaware, a homeschool is known as a nonpublic school. The steps to homeschooling in Delaware are:

  • Register your nonpublic school with the state’s Department of Education.
  • Withdraw your child from the school they are currently attending.
  • Report annual enrollment at the beginning of the school year, no later than October 5.
  • Choose the curriculum that best suites your family. 

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Homeschool Laws

Based on Delaware Education Law, and according to the Delaware Department of Education, “If you live in Delaware and your child(ren) is/are between the ages of 5 (by August 31st of the school year) and 18 [unless over the age of 16 and withdrawn with parent consent and completion of an exit interview], your child(ren) must be enrolled in a public or nonpublic (private or homeschool) school. This is due to compulsory attendance laws in Delaware.” (Delaware law, 14 Del.C. § 2702).

In Delaware, there are two main types of homeschool:

  • Single-family homeschool: “the education of one’s own child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence.”
  • Multi-family homeschool: “the education of children, primarily by the parents(s) or legal guardian(s) of such children mainly in one or several residences, or other facilities, when such children are not all related to each other as brother or sister. A person shall act as a liaison to the Department of Education for reporting enrollment and attendance information for all families involved.”

Both are considered a nonpublic school and must be registered with the Department of Education. To remain open, a homeschool must report annual enrollment and attendance. You must either enroll your own children in your single-family homeschool or contact the liaison of a multi-family homeschool. Once your child is enrolled in a homeschool, you must withdraw your child from the public school or other nonpublic school.

According to the Delaware Department of Education, the Department of Education does not provide or recommend a curriculum, keep any student records, or ensure that post-secondary organizations will accept records or a diploma from your homeschoolYou will be responsible for courses, coursework, materials, and supplies.

You may choose to enroll your child in an online school, program, or curriculum, but your homeschool must be registered as an open Delaware nonpublic school first.

Homeschool Requirements

Families in Delaware have two options with regard to homeschooling: single family or multi-family. What this means is that you can either homeschool your own children, primarily in your home, or homeschool with other families, mostly in your home(s) or another facility. Both of these options require parents to do the following three things:

  • Register with the Delaware Department of Education.
  • Report annual enrollment at the beginning of the school year, no later than October 5.
  • Report attendance at the end of the school year, on or before July 31.

Homeschoolers who choose the multi-family option must also appoint a person to as a liaison with the state’s Department of Education. This person will be the one to submit the annual enrollment and attendance reports for all the students within the homeschool. Delaware homeschool laws do not require parents to have any specific qualifications.

It’s important for families to also know that if your child is currently attending a public or private school in Delaware, you must first register your homeschool before your child is withdrawn from the school they are currently attending.

Record Keeping

Homeschool laws in Delaware don’t require parents to keep records for their students. However, it is advisable that families keep homeschool portfolios.

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Graduation requirements

Homeschooling requirements in Delaware don’t have any specific subjects that parents are required to teach. Therefore, it’s up to families to determine the best coursework for their child’s promotion/graduation.

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Homeschool laws can change often, so please check for updates at the Delaware Education Law website.

Note: All information on this site is provided with no guarantee of accuracy. Modify™ is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or outdated information, or for the results yielded through use of this information.

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