New Hampshire state resources
There are no licensing requirements in New Hampshire and accreditation is optional. All schools are required to be registered and approved, however.
The New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.
Parents must provide a portfolio of work completed as part of a home school program.
The New Hampshire DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State funding sources & support
New Hampshire does not provide funding for private education.
The only curriculum requirements are courses in the history, government and constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, including the organization and operation of New Hampshire municipal, county and state government and of the federal government.
Teacher certification & hiring
Teacher certification is not required.
Food services / school lunch
In New Hampshire, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of school year
A nonpublic school must maintain a school year consisting of 450 hours for kindergarten students, 945 hours for students in grades one through six, and 990 hours for students in grades seven through 12. Each school must build in an additional 30 hours for time lost due to inclement weather or other circumstances.
Recordkeeping and reports
Schools must maintain records and report on student enrollment and attendance.
Health and safety requirements
Schools must develop and practice an emergency response plan, which should cover hazards including but not limited to acts of violence, threats, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, structural fire, wildfire, internal and external hazardous materials releases, medical emergencies, and any other hazard deemed necessary by school officials and local emergency authorities. Students must also be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption.
Pupils attending approved private schools (k–12) are entitled to the same transportation privileges within any town or district as provided for pupils in public schools.
State testing is optional for private schools.
State and regional associations
Association of Independent Schools of New England: With 200 member schools, AISNE is one of the largest regional associations in the country and represents a diverse range of schools in terms of size, pedagogy, religious affiliation, and, of course, mission. They serve schools by providing strategic information, accreditation, advocacy and a wide range of professional development opportunities.
Independent Schools Association of Northern New England: a membership association of schools with proud independent traditions in the Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
New Hampshire Private Special Education Association: NHPSEA is an association comprised of a diverse group of private schools and programs serving students with a broad range of abilities.
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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.