General regulations

  • There are no licensing or registration requirements in Mississippi. Accreditation and approval are optional.

  • The Mississippi Department of Education does not have a thorough listing of private school requirements, but does offer some information about private schools.

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

  • Parents must submit a certificate of enrollment each year they homeschool a student.

  • The Mississippi DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.

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

State funding sources & support

Mississippi provides funding for private education:

Curriculum requirements

There are no specific curriculum requirements.

Teacher certification & hiring

Accredited schools must hire certified teachers.

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Food services / school lunch

In Mississippi, 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 specific guidelines from the state.

Recordkeeping and reports

State accredited private schools are required to submit an Annual Application Form, an Annual Compliance Report, an Annual Personnel Data Report, and a Summer School/Extended Year Report.

Health and safety requirements

Church-related and private schools are exempt from Mississippi’s State Board of Health standards for preparation of food.


There are no state policies regarding private schools and transportation.


Nonpublic schools do not participate in the statewide assessment system and are not assigned a school performance classification.

State and regional associations

  • Mississippi Association of Independent Schools: Since 1968, the MAIS has certified the educational integrity of its member schools, which have taken great pride in providing exceptional educational opportunities for children in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. 

  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS): The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.

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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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