General regulations

  • Registration and licensing are not required, while accreditation and registration are optional for schools except those participating in the Choice Scholarship Program.

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

  • Homeschools are considered nonpublic schools and have stringent attendance and reporting requirements.

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

  • Indiana does not have specific insurance requirements for private schools.

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

State funding sources & support

Indiana provides funding for private education:


Curriculum requirements

Schools seeking accreditation from the state must follow curriculum requirements, specifically civics and constitution education. Non-accredited schools do not have to follow any specific curriculum requirements.


Teacher certification & hiring

Accredited schools must have licensed teachers; other nonpublic schools do not.


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Food services / school lunch

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


Length of school year

Students must attend school for the 180 days required of public school students.


Recordkeeping and reports

Nonpublic schools must keep student enrollment and attendance records and provide them to the state, if requested.


Health and safety requirements

Accredited nonpublic schools must meet the same health and safety requirements as public schools in the state. Non-accredited schools do not need to meet these requirements.


Transportation

The local school district must provide transportation to students living along a highway that is part of the normal school bus route. Otherwise, private schools may contract out bus services.


Testing

Accredited nonpublic schools must give state exams at the same time as public schools.


State and regional associations


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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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