Starting a Private School in North Dakota
Regulations, Resources, & Support
North Dakota State Regulations
Accreditation is optional and there are no requirements for registration or licensing. All elementary and secondary schools must be approved by the superintendent of public instruction.
The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in North Dakota.
Homeschooled students must be taught by their parents.
The North Dakota DPI has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State Funding Sources & Support
North Dakota does not provide funding for private education.
The state has extensive curriculum guidelines that are part of the approval process but include English language arts, math, social studies, including courses on US and North Dakota history and politics, science, physical education, health, fine arts, and career and technical education.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
All teachers must be licensed or certified to teach and have majored in the grade level or subject area they teach.
Food Services / Lunch
In North Dakota, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Public Instruction.
Length of School Year
Students must receive at least 175 full days of instruction.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Private schools must keep records and report on student age, enrollment status, and immunization records. Schools are also responsible for requesting student academic records from their previous schools.
Healthy & Safety Requirements
The school must be inspected once every 3 years by the state fire marshal. Schools are required to conduct fire, tornado, and lockdown drills. Each school must have a bullying policy in place.
Nonpublic school students may receive transportation to school on public school buses running on public school routes if authorized by the local school board, and if passenger room is available.
Nonpublic school grade 11 students must take the ACT, including the writing test, or three WorkKeys assessments recommended by the career and technical education department and approved by the superintendent of instruction, who is responsible for the cost of securing and then administering the test.
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