Starting a Private School in Delaware

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

We’ve curated the laws and regulations about starting a private school in Delaware.


Resources

What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?


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See what else you need to know about starting a private school. From your curriculum to your marketing, and everything in-between.

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Delaware State Regulations


General Regulations


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  • Delaware does not have accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements, but does require that schools report student enrollment to the state in order to ensure they are meeting the compulsory attendance law.

  • The Delaware Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Delaware.

  • Delaware allows for both single-family and multi-family home school environments, and student enrollment information must also be reported to the state for these students.

  • The Delaware DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

Delaware does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

The state requires that nonpublic schools provide regular instruction in the subjects required for public schools in the state, including courses covering the US Constitution, the Delaware constitution and government and the free enterprise system.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is optional for nonpublic schools.

Food Services / Lunch

In Delaware, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Delaware Department of Education.


Length of School Year

No policies exist regarding length of school year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must report enrollment, age of students, and attendance to the DOE each year and maintain a written policy concerning the education records of students, including accessibility, confidentiality, and how records may be amended.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Private schools must set dates for fingerprinting students (grades k–9) and provide school facilities and personnel. The superintendent of state police will provide training for volunteers who are nominated to assist the private schools for this purpose. Private school officials must notify parents or guardians of the date set for fingerprinting. Only pupils with signed authorization by parents or guardians may participate. Private schools must cooperate in setting up the program, but the fingerprinting of students is not mandated.


Transportation

The Delaware constitution allows for the state to provide transportation for nonpublic schools but must regulate nonpublic school transportation the same as for public school transportation and limited to within the described boundaries of a public-school district.


Testing

There are no standardized testing requirements for nonpublic schools.

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Delaware State Resources


State & Regional Associations

  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools: A dynamic community of independent schools in the Greater Delaware Valley and beyond, ADVIS enriches and sustains schools through advocacy, thought leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities. 

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Introduction to Starting a School

Introduction

We’ve developed these 10 topics to help you along the way. Take them all in at once, or start with the areas most relevant right now.


Creating Your School Identity

School Identity

There’s plenty you can do to develop your own brand, starting right from your personal ideals and goals for your school.


Creating Your School Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum pages include ideas on where to go to find materials, and different associations and educational models you may want to consider.


Legal & Operating Requirements

Legal & Operating Requirements

You need to know the requirements at both the federal level and for your state. Here are the basic details for every state.


Introduction to Starting a School

Funding & Finance

Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.


Creating Your School Identity

Business Plan & Budget

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Facilities

Facilities

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.


School Staffing

Staffing

How can you find and recruit the right talent for your school? What qualifications or certifications are required?


School Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

Thinking about more than just a student handbook and conduct code, we've included recommendations & templates to help you develop your school policies & procedures


Marketing & Online Presence

Marketing & Online Presence

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Associations

Associations

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.