Delaware offers many great options for education, such as traditional school districts, charter schools, private schools and homeschools. This guide is designed to help families find information on childcare and early learning as well as determine a child’s next steps in education, find neighborhood schools and meet any transportation needs.
Use the Delaware Department of Education’s school locator tool to find your local school and district.
The choice program allows families to apply to enroll their child in a public school outside of their feeder zone.
Learn more about the Delaware school choice system and find important forms and applications.
Use the Report Card Lookup to get detailed educational information about any Delaware district, districtpublic school, or charter school.
Delaware charter schools were created to improve student learning through innovative teaching methods and environments. Charter schools give families and students more schooling opportunities within and outside of their districts.
Publicly funded charter schools must receive their charters from the state of Delaware or a school district. Once the charter is approved, the authorizer (state or district) will monitor the school's performance, renew its charter, and close the charter school if necessary.
A child can be registered for kindergarten in a Delaware public school if he/she turns 5 years old on or before August 31 of the current school year.
The kindergarten registration process and deadlines differ by district and charter school. Some districts allow registration to be completed online, while others require you to schedule an in-person registration appointment. You may also need to contact your local school to request the registration paperwork.
Specific registration instructions for can be found through the Department of Education.
When you register your child for kindergarten, you will need:
More detailed information about what you will need to register your child can be found on the Get Ready for Kindergarten Checklist.
Read the checklist in Spanish.
Relative Caregivers' School Authorization Law
Under the Relative Caregivers’ School Authorization Law, people who are raising another relative’s child but do not have legal custody of the child can register the child for public school.
Even if you plan to participate in the school choice program, you must first enroll your child with your feeder school.
The DNS lets you select which notifications, news, and information you'd like to receive by e-mail. For select services, you can also receive notifications by a phone call, text message, and/or fax. DNS notifications include:
Sign up for notifications at the Delaware Notification Service (DNS)
The school closing information provided on delaware.gov is supplied by the school districts, charter schools, and private schools who utilize the Delaware Notification Services (DNS) system. View the full list of school closings and delays.
Delaware law requires that all students entering a school system provide proof of required immunizations. These immunization requirements have been established in collaboration with the Division of Public Health based on the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For a complete list of Delaware required immunizations, medical and religious exemption guidelines, and additional immunization resources, visit the Delaware Department of Education.
The Delaware Public Student Transportation system provides safe and reliable school transportation to all 19 school districts and 25 charter schools in Delaware.
Who is eligible for school bus transportation?
If you have questions or concerns, contact the transportation supervisor for your child’s school district or charter school.
The Delaware Department of Education does not provide, endorse, or accredit curriculum for non-public schools. Non-public schools include private schools and homeschools. are advised to ensure that the non-public school that they are considering for their child is accredited.
Families or students who are unsure of a non-public school’s accreditation should contact colleges/ universities, higher education programs, or employers to guarantee that a diploma from their non-public school will be considered valid.
Students who are re-entering public school after attending a non-public school will be re-enrolled in a grade level determined by the Department of Education. The student's grade level when he/she returns to public school may be different from the student's grade level in their non-public school.
Use this tool to find childcare in your area.
Delaware Stars for Early Success is a voluntary program that helps families find quality child care with reliable and objective ratings.
Learn more about Delaware Stars and see a comprehensive list of programs organized by Star rating.
If you are a child care provider, see how you can participate in Delaware Stars.
Delaware offers a variety of early learning services to children and families, including:
Delaware administers various standardized tests with the goal of monitoring learning, identifying student weaknesses, and providing support for educational growth to prepare students for higher education and careers.
Delaware administers the following statewide assessments:
The Driver Education program was enacted in Delaware in 1934. The goal of Driver Education is to provide high school students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to become a responsible driver.
The Delaware Department of Education and all Delaware public schools adhere to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which serves to minimize educational disruptions for children who are experiencing homelessness.
The McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act assures homeless students the right to remain enrolled in the school in which they have been attending, even if they no longer meet the residency requirements. Homeless children are also guaranteed enrollment in public school even if they lack the required documentation and immunizations, and promised the transportation that they need to attend school.
To learn more, visit Education for Homeless Children and Youth
Find your local Homeless Education Liaison.
Check out resources and information on post-high school transition planning and supported employment for young adults with disabilities.
Your child may be eligible for special education or related services if he/she has a diagnosed disability or is suspected of having a disability and is struggling in school.
In order to receive special services, a child must be referred for evaluation by one of the following:
The child's parent/guardian must give consent for the child to be evaluated.
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