How to Homeschool in Delaware

Whether you have already decided to homeschool your family, or you are still debating it, Delaware is a great place to start. In the state of Delaware you will have a few options for how you choose to teach your child from home. This article will lay out each option for you so that you can choose the one that fits your needs and philosophies best. In this article you will find:
  • An overview of Delaware homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Delaware
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started

* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Delaware Homeschool Laws

Single-Family Homeschool
Your first option is for the homeschool child's parents or legal guardians to educate the child in the guardian's home. Should you choose this option you DO NOT:
  • Have to teach any required subjects
  • Need special teaching qualifications
  • Have to have your child take a standardized test each year
  • Have a required number of days of instruction
Multi-Family Homeschool
This option allows several families to get together and homeschool as a group either under one roof or several. You will need to designate one adult in the group to act as a liaison, and they will file and report with to the Department of Education each year. In choosing this option you DO NOT:
  • Have to teach any required subjects
  • Need special teaching qualifications
  • Have to have your child take a standardized test each year
  • Have a required number of days of instruction
Single-Family Homeschool Coordinated with the Local School District
The last option you have allows for the parents or guardians of the child to teach the child primarily from home, however you will need to use curriculum approved of by your local superintendent. Your local superintendent will provide a written statement that states that your child is receiving or will be receiving regular and thorough instruction of subjects set for public schools. Other than having a set curriculum you DO NOT:
  • Need special teaching qualifications
  • Have to have your child take a standardized test each year
  • Have a required number of days of instruction

Ongoing Requirements

No matter which option you choose, you will need to abide by the following laws:
  • You must register your homeschool with the Delaware Department of Education
  • You must report attendance records to the Department of Education no later than July 31 each year
  • You musts submit an annual statement of enrolment for your homeschool before October 31
This link will provide you with information on how to register your homeschool and answer any other questions/concerns you may have.

Homeschool Groups in Delaware

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Delaware to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

First State Academy
First State Academy is a homeschool support group designed to help those who choose the multi-family homeschool option. You will have access to people who have a vast knowledge of homeschooling in Delaware and are there to help support and guide you. You will also have access to workshops and seminars to learn more about different techniques and philosophies for homeschooling. First State Academy offers so much more to its members, for a complete list of membership benefits and fees check out their website at the link provided.
Delaware Secular Homeschoolers
At Delaware Secular Homeschoolers you will find people who are open to all forms of homeschooling and who will give you the support and encouragement you may need. In joining this group you can take part in group discussions, as well as help plan any group outings for members, including field trips, activities and extracurricular trips.
Delaware Homeschool
Delaware Homeschool is a well established support group for homeschoolers in Delaware. We have over 1,000 members and have been active for almost 9 years.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Delaware

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Delaware. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Delaware legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.