Kentuky state resources
Kentucky has no registration or approval requirements, but offers optional accreditation and licensing. The exception is for-profit schools not affiliated with a religious organization -- these schools must be licensed.
The Kentucky Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
Homeschools are considered private schools in Kentucky and must follow the same regulations.
The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Kentucky.
The Kentucky DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State funding sources & support
Kentucky does not provide funding for private education.
Instruction must be provided in English. Additionally, the State Textbook Commission must approve all text books and the state has the right to set minimum course standards if they so choose.
Teacher certification & hiring
Schools must show that instructors and administrators are qualified.
Food services / school lunch
In Kentucky, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of school year
The school term for private and parochial schools may not be shorter than the term of the local public school district; if a school operates year-round the minimum term is 185 days; that includes no less than the equivalent of 1062 instructional hours in a minimum of 170 instructional days.
Recordkeeping and reports
Schools are required to maintain student enrollment and attendance records and must provide them to the state as needed.
Health and safety requirements
School buildings are subject to inspection by the local health board.
No public funds may be used for transporting nonpublic school students.
No state policy exists.
State and regional associations
Independent Schools Association of the Central States: ISACS leads schools to pursue exemplary independent education.
Independent Schools Association of the Southwest: ISAS promotes, upholds, and advances the highest educational and professional standards for the region’s independent schools.
Kentucky Association of Independent Schools: Provides professional development and guidance to independent schools.
Kentucky Non-Public School Commission, Inc.: KyNPSC, Inc. was created to address the common concerns of those privately-operated schools that desired to be in voluntary compliance with state standards, and thus become "certified" non-public schools.
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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.