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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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