Minnesota state resources
Accreditation is optional in Minnesota and licensing, approval, and registration are not required.
The Minnesota 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 Minnesota.
Homeschooling requires annual reporting and teachers must meet minimum qualifications.
The Minnesota DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State funding sources & support
Minnesota does not provide funding for private education but does offer tax credits for qualified educational expenses, which private school tuition falls under.
Minnesota’s compulsory education law requires instruction in 1) basic communication skills, including reading, writing, literature, and fine arts; 2) mathematics and science; 3) social studies, including history, geography, and government; and 4) health and physical education.
Teacher certification & hiring
Teacher certification is optional.
Food services / school lunch
In Minnesota, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of school year
There are no regulations on the length of the school year.
Recordkeeping and reports
Nonpublic schools must submit to the local superintendent each school year the name, age, and address of each child receiving instruction. In addition, schools not accredited must also report the name of each instructor and evidence of their qualifications; and they must make available documentation that the requisite subjects are being taught and provide class schedules, materials for instruction, and descriptions of methods used to assess student achievement.
Health and safety requirements
Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must also host fire, lockdown, and tornado drills throughout the school year.
A school district eligible to receive state aid for transportation must provide equal transportation within the district for all school children to any school when transportation is necessary because of distance or traffic conditions.
Students at non-accredited schools are required to take annual standardized tests to ensure academic progress is being made.
State and regional associations
Minnesota Association of Independent Schools: To support and connect Independent Schools in Minnesota
Minnesota Association of Christian Schools: The Minnesota Association of Christian Schools is the local state chapter of
the American Association of Christian Schools
Minnesota Independent School Forum: The Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) connects and strengthens Minnesota’s independent schools through exceptional training, resources, and advocacy so they can be student-centered and mission-driven.
Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association: MNSAA enhances the quality of education through a process of self‐evaluation and ongoing improvement.
Independent Schools Association of the Central States: ISACS leads schools to pursue exemplary independent education.
Starting a Private School
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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.