Homeschool age requirements: Between 5 and 16 years old unless the local school officials determine that such a beginning is not in the best interests of the child.
Required Homeschool Days of Instruction: None, but homeschools must submit attendance reports annually to the Department of Education.
Required Homeschool Subjects: None, unless the homeschool is coordinated with the local school district.
Delaware Students interested in a Delaware homeschool program can choose from 3 options:
Option 1: Single-family homeschool means that the children will be primarily educated by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) mainly in their own residence.
Option 2: Multi-family homeschool means that multiple children (not-related) are education primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in one or several residences or other facilities. An adult must act as an agent to the Department of Education for reporting enrollment and attendance information for all families involved.
Option 3: Single-family homeschool coordinated with the local school district means the education of child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence using a curriculum approved by the local superintendent or his/her designee. The local superintendent shall determine in writing that the student is or will be provided with regular and thorough instruction by the studentís parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the subjects prescribed for the public schools of the State
Under all three options above, homeschools must report attendance information to the Department of Education on or before July 31 each year. Before November 1, homeschools must also submit an annual statement of enrollment as of the last school day in September. Both reports must be on forms offered by the Department of Education.
Teacher Qualifications: None.
Standardized Tests: None.
The Delaware Education Code requires all nonpublic schools to register with the Department of Education (DOE), even if the child is registered with an online school. Schools must report enrollment information as of September 30 to the DOE by October of the same year and attendance information on or before July 31 of the same school year. Once you have registered with DOE, a school code will be issued and the studentís information will be placed in a database, which in turn ensures that the proper forms are sent to you in the fall and spring. You will receive notification within ten (10) business days that your registration form has been received and what school code has been issued to you.
Students that are 16 years and older do not have to register with the Delaware Department of Education, but are encouraged to register. This is to ensure that you will receive all the necessary documentation.
As noted above, the Parent/Guardian is responsible for the curriculum of their childís homeschool and using whatever resources (including online schools, the Internet, libraries and book stores) to ensure that their child is properly educated. Please review Delaware's Recommended Curriculum and Content Standards, which is used by Public schools. We recommend keeping an accurate portfolio, including Tests, Quizzes, and assignments. An accurate portfolio will be helpful if the child is enrolled in Public School, since it is the District's decision which grades your child is placed.
Parents that are participating in the Single-Family Homeschool, should complete and submit the Single-Family Homeschool form and send to the Delaware Department of Education. Parents that plan to use a multi-family or umbrella homeschool will need to register with their school and the school will report to the Department of Education.
If you are planning to transfer your child from homeschool back to high school, please be aware that with high school grades it gets a little more complicated because it is very difficult for a school to look at what you've done in homeschool and award high school credit. Please be careful in the high school years if you do not intend for your child to be homeschooled throughout the 9-12 grades.
The Diploma will come from the parent or guardian in charge of the Homeschool school unless your child is enrolled in a GED program (or adult high school), a school that issues diplomas or your are using a curriculum from a company that issues diplomas. The state does not issue diplomas to homeschooled children.