Annual Attendance Reporting is now open for all open nonpublic schools. Please report your annual attendance information before July 30th.

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The Delaware Department of Education’s (DOE) Nonpublic School support section is your central source for information about nonpublic homeschools and private schools in the State of Delaware.

The option to homeschool or attend private school in Delaware provide the parents and/or guardians of school-age children alternatives to public schools.

There are over 3,000 nonpublic schools in the State of Delaware.

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Log into the Nonpublic School System

Login and access the NPS System to view or update your school, download reports, and complete annual reporting.

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FAQs

Find answers to common questions

Questions are normal! Check out answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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Apply

Review the process to open a homeschool

Opening a Delaware nonpublic homeschool requires an EdAccess account and the submission of a Delaware nonpublic school application via our NPS System.

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Need Help?

Submit a support request to our NPS Support team

We ask that you read through the website carefully and check out our FAQs. If you still need help, please submit a support request.

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Announcements

Attendance: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Friday, July 30, 2021

Enrollment: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 – Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Please note, the Nonpublic School Application will be closed from August 1st through August 10th in order to roll the application to the new school year. You will be unable to access the system to make changes, updates, or report enrollment until August 10th.

At this time, if you are looking to open a Delaware nonpublic homeschool for the upcoming 2021/2022 school year please wait until after August 10th to complete your registration. This allows for the DOE to roll the nonpublic school system to the new school year. Any registrations received prior to August 10th that are not for the current 2020/2021 school year will be denied.

In person office visits must be scheduled. You can submit a support request, email, or call to schedule an in person appointment to meet with one of our support team members. Please be advised, office hours are still limited, appointments for in person meetings will be scheduled as needed and are currently offered on Tuesdays.

Explanation of Schools and Services

The responsibility of the Nonpublic School support team is to register nonpublic schools in the State of Delaware, enroll students into registered Delaware nonpublic schools, and collect annual reporting.

Nonpublic Schools (NPS) in Delaware include homeschools and private schools. There are two main types of homeschool; single-family and multi-family.

  1. SINGLE-FAMILY HOMESCHOOL means 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.
  2. MULTI-FAMILY HOMESCHOOLS means 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.
  3. PRIVATE SCHOOLS means a school having any or all of grades kindergarten through twelve, operating under a board of trustees and maintaining a faculty and plant which are properly supervised.

In order to have an open nonpublic school, you must register with the DOE. To remain open, a nonpublic school must report annual enrollment and attendance.

The DDOE does not provide, 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.

What does this mean for you?

  • The DOE does not provide or recommend a curriculum
  • The DOE does not keep any student records. We recommend you keep an academic portfolio for your student that includes information such as grades, attendance, test scores, etc.
  • The DOE cannot ensure that your student’s next step will acknowledge records and/or diploma information from your NPS. We recommend you contact the next step to identify requirements so they can be met