Indiana state resources
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.
State funding sources & support
Indiana provides funding for private education:
Indiana Choice Scholarship Program: Provides a tuition scholarship to low-income families who would otherwise be zoned for a low-performing public school.
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.
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.
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.
Accredited nonpublic schools must give state exams at the same time as public schools.
State and regional associations
Independent Schools Association of the Central States: ISACS leads schools to pursue exemplary independent education.
Indiana Association of Independent Schools: IAIS is the Indiana affiliate of ISACS. It was formed by a group of teachers from Indiana ISACS schools as a means for teachers from these schools to connect with each other.
Indiana Non-public Education Association: Representing both faith-based and independent schools, INPEA members provide a diverse array of educational opportunities to Indiana families.
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools: LMAIS is a non-profit organization established to promote educational excellence among independent schools in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.
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