Missouri state resources
There are no accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements. Registration is limited to those schools receiving federal funding.
The Missouri 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 Missouri.
Homeschools do not count as nonpublic schools. Parents must submit annual portfolio of student work.
The Missouri DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State funding sources & support
Missouri does not provide funding for private education.
Schools must provide courses of instruction in the constitutions of the United States and of Missouri and in American history and institutions. There are no other regulations at this time.
Teacher certification & hiring
Teacher certification is not required.
Food services / school lunch
In Missouri, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of school year
Missouri state law does not specify a required length of school year or days for private schools.
Recordkeeping and reports
Schools must keep immunization records and provide them to officials upon request.
Health and safety requirements
Students must be immunized or show proof of exemption for medical or religious reasons prior to enrolling in school.
Transportation is not provided for students attending private schools.
Testing is not required.
State and regional associations
Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association: MNSCA is affiliated with the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations, which is recognized by the United States Office of Education and CASE.
Independent Schools of St. Louis: a non-profit professional association established in 1972 that includes 44 independently governed elementary and secondary schools throughout the metropolitan St. Louis region.
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.