Starting a Private School in Connecticut

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Connecticut State Regulations

General Regulations

  • State approval for private schools in Connecticut is optional but requires accreditation. Schools can choose to not pursue the state approval process but must still submit enrollment information to the state.

  • The Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

  • Connecticut requires home schooling be completed by families and annual portfolios must be submitted to the state to ensure students are meeting education criteria.

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

Connecticut State Resources

State & Regional Associations

  • Association of Independent Schools of New England: With 200 member schools, AISNE is one of the largest regional associations in the country and represents a diverse range of schools in terms of size, pedagogy, religious affiliation, and, of course, mission.

  • Connecticut Association of Independent Schools: a voluntary association of 95 non-profit independent schools serving over 30,000 students from all Connecticut towns and many other states and countries.

  • Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities: CAPSEF is an association of private schools which provide quality, cost effective, special education and related services to the special needs children and adolescents (birth-21) of CT who benefit from individualized academic, behavioral, social and vocational programs designed to enable them to succeed in the latest restrictive environment.

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