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Delaware (DE) State - Homeschooling Laws and Regulations

Homeschooling is legal in every American state.  The Department of Education states, "Parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the option to home school their children" (Department of Education, NCES). School attendance is compulsory for all children; however, parents have the legal right to withdrawal their children from government schools to enroll them in qualified private schools or to educate their children at home.  This is only proper considering the fact that the duty and the right to educate the next generation were appointed by God to parents even before God created governments.

Each state has laws that govern matters such as how parents are to declare their intention to homeschool and what topics must be included in your home-education program.  Some states require periodic standardized tests and more formal records be maintained. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the liberty of homeschooling parents to choose their own curriculum.  GETTING STARTED CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, BUT MULTITUDES OF PARENTS ARE HOMESCHOOLING AND SO CAN YOU!  It is my pleasure to help your research efforts.  Below are links to key government and non-government pages.

Delaware:  "A child who is home schooled in affiliation with a home school association or organization registered with the Department of Education complies with the compulsory attendance laws of the Delaware. If the child is home schooled and not affiliated with an approved home school association or organization, the child meets the requirements of compulsory attendance when the student's instruction is accomplished under the auspices of the local school district superintendent of the district in which the student resides. The local superintendent determines in writing that the student is or will be provided with regular and thorough instruction in the subjects prescribed in the state schools suitable to the age of state of advancement of the child. Del. Code § 2703. All persons conducting private schools, which includes home schools and home school associations, shall report to the Department of Education the enrollment, age of pupils, and attendance on or before July 31st of each year. All persons conducting private schools, home schools, and all home school associations must also submit a statement annually of enrollment on the last school day in September on such forms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the Department of Education. Del. Code Ann. § 2704." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," Delaware, by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education (2000).)



Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the timeliness nor the completeness of the links or legal information posted.  These homeschooling laws and legal information are being provided free of charge.  Postings of rules and regulations are subject to change.  Seek the advice of other home-educating parents or homeschooling organizations in your area for more help or contact your county superintendent of schools.  Plan to file a Notice of Intent to homeschool with your county superintendent or child's current principal.  (This document may also be known as an Affidavit of Intent, a Letter of Intent, a Notification of Intent, or a Declaration of Intent.  Sample from Tennessee.)   

Homeschooling Conventions in Delaware (DE)
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