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Homeschooling in Delaware

Instructor: Jessie Hemmons

Jessie has a master's degree in clinical psychology.

For parents or guardians in Delaware who are considering homeschooling for their child, it's important to have an understanding of the state's regulations and policies as well as curriculum options for students. Find out about the necessary steps involved in enrolling Delaware students in homeschools and learn about some helpful online learning resources.

Types of Homeschools in Delaware

Parents who would like their children to receive an education in an environment outside of a Delaware public school have the option of homeschooling. The state defines two types of homeschools: single-family homeschools and multi-family homeschools. A child is in a single-family homeschool if the parent or guardian will be the primary educator for the child. A child is in a multi-family homeschool when a parent or guardian will be educating children who are not related to one another in one home, several different homes, or a non-residential location. In order to homeschool a child in Delaware, a parent or guardian must register the homeschool with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE).

Withdrawing a Student from Public School

In order to withdraw a student from public school, a parent or guardian must first register his or her homeschool with the state, and include the names of the students who will be attending the homeschool. After the registration is active, the parent or guardian will receive a packet of acknowledgement including the school's name, school code, students' names, and opening date.

Once the packet is received, the parent or guardian must show this information to the public school to withdraw the student from the institution. The school will be unable to withdraw the student without this packet of acknowledgement.

Attendance and Enrollment Records

Attendance records must be reported to the state by July 31st of each school year. A homeschool does not need to re-register with the state each year, but enrollment records must be submitted to the state by October 5th of each school year in order for the homeschool to remain open. Parents or guardians only need to enroll their child in a homeschool through the age of 16.

Education Requirements

Delaware does not have any educational requirements for children receiving an education in a homeschool. However, the DDOE strongly suggests that parents or guardians review the educational standards for various subjects in the state including math, science, physical education, arts, English, foreign languages, social studies, and health.

The state also recommends that parents or guardians maintain full and accurate educational records including quizzes and assignments. This will be helpful if a parent or guardian is considering re-enrolling a child into public school in the future, as the school will decide which grade the child will enter upon returning.

Using Online Coursework for Homeschooling

If a parent or guardian chooses to enroll their child in an online school or program, the child must be registered with the DDOE as a homeschooled student. Enrollment records from online schools are not reported to the DDOE, so it's the parent or guardian's responsibility to enroll the child with a homeschool status. If a child is not enrolled with a homeschool status, he or she will be considered truant in the eyes of the state.

If parents or guardians are interested in using online courses for their homeschooled students, Study.com offers a variety of coursework across multiple subjects and grade levels. The courses provide students with interactive methods of learning, such as flashcards and quizzes, and access to instructors when they need it. Here are just a few of the courses offered through Study.com:

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