General regulations

  • Alabama revised its laws in 2013, removing all restrictions on private schools. The state does not have accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements for private schools, but does require they report student registration to the state.

  • The specific 2013 legislation regarding private school regulation has been published on the AL Department of Education website.

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

  • Alabama has no requirements or restrictions on home schooling environments, and home schools are exempt from reporting requirements.

  • Alabama does not have specific insurance requirements for private schools 

Education regulations and resources for starting a private school in the state of Alabama

State funding sources & support

Alabama does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum requirements

The Alabama State Department of Education is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof. 


Teacher certification & hiring

All applicants and employees are required to undergo a criminal background check.


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Food services / school lunch

In Alabama, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Child Nutrition Programs division of the Alabama State Department of Education.


Length of school year

The Alabama State Department of Education is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof. 


Recordkeeping and reports

Schools must report the names and addresses of enrolled students to the state.


Health and safety requirements

The Alabama State Department of Education is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof. 


Transportation

A license tax or registration fee of $13.00 is imposed on motor buses owned by a church or a private school that are used only for the purposes of the institution.


Testing

There are no state policies in place regarding private school testing.


State and regional associations

  • Alabama Independent School Association: The Alabama Independent School Association’s mission is to serve independent schools in the state of Alabama by providing its member schools with educational and corporate services and programs focusing on excellence in academics, accreditation, and athletics. 

  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS): The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.


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Disclaimer

We've done our best to pull together current and accurate information. Even so, there may be omissions or mistakes or content that needs to be updated. If you have recommendations for any resources or corrections, we appreciate your input so we can continue to improve this guide for everyone. 

Nothing in this guide should be construed as legal, business, or tax advice. It is important that you engage qualified professionals who can advise you on such matters, and please visit the Department of Education pages for your state to verify you are in compliance with all regulations.


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