Starting a Private School in New Jersey
Regulations, Resources, & Support
New Jersey State 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.
State Funding Sources & Support
New Jersey does not provide funding for private education.
New Jersey requires that curriculum at private schools is equivalent to that of the public schools.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
No state policy exists.
Food Services / 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 are no regulations on the length of the school year.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Private schools must annually report statistics relating to the conduct of the institution as required by the commissioner.
Healthy & 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.
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