Starting a Private School in Idaho
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Idaho State Regulations
Accreditation is optional in the state of Idaho and there are no processes for registration or licensing.
The Idaho Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
Idaho does not differentiate between private and home-schooled students, grouping them all as “non-public.”
The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Idaho.
The Idaho DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State Funding Sources & Support
Idaho does not provide funding for private education.
The state requires that private school students receive instruction in the subjects commonly taught in the public schools.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
All teachers at accredited schools must hold a teaching certificate.
Food Services / Lunch
In Idaho, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of School Year
In order to meet the state’s compulsory school attendance law, students must attend an equal amount of school as the public school session.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Private schools must collect reliable proof of the student’s identity and birth date when registering for school and must request a certified copy of the student’s education records from his or her previous school.
Healthy & Safety Requirements
Students must be immunized before enrolling a school and the school must maintain a copy.
Transportation provided by the school district for private school students must be paid for as no public funding may be used.
No state policy exists.
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