Starting a Private School in Mississippi
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Mississippi State 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.
State Funding Sources & Support
There are no specific curriculum requirements.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
Accredited schools must hire certified teachers.
Food Services / 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 & 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.
Healthy & 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.
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