General regulations

  • Registration is required for all private schools. Accreditation, licensing, and approval are not required.

  • The New Jersey 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 Jersey.

  • Homeschools are treated separately from nonpublic schools and require that parents inform the local district of their intent to homeschool.

  • The New Jersey 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 New Jersey

State funding sources & support

New Jersey does not provide funding for private education.

Curriculum requirements

New Jersey requires that curriculum at private schools is equivalent to that of the public schools.

Teacher certification & hiring

No state policy exists.

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Food services / school lunch

In New Jersey, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Agriculture.

Length of school year

There is no state policy about length of school year.

Recordkeeping and reports

Private schools must annually report statistics relating to the conduct of the institution as required by the commissioner.

Health and safety requirements

Schools must keep and maintain epinephrine injectors, a nebulizer, and an AED for use in student or staff emergencies. Schools must also perform one fire drill and one emergency lock down drill per month.


Pupils attending nonprofit, nonpublic schools not more than 20 miles from their residence are entitled to transportation if the school district provides transportation for public school pupils. 


No state policy exists.

State and regional associations

  • New Jersey Association of Independent Schools: a non-profit, voluntary membership association whose mission is to foster the educational, ethical, and professional excellence of its member schools, while safeguarding their independence.

  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools: A dynamic community of independent schools in the Greater Delaware Valley and beyond, ADVIS enriches and sustains schools through advocacy, thought leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities. 

  • ASAH is a not-for-profit organization of private schools and agencies in New Jersey which provide highly specialized services to more than 11,000 infants, children and young adults with disabilities.

  • 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.

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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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