General regulations

  • Accreditation by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is optional. Licensing, approval, and registration are not required.

  • The US Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools in New Mexico.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in New Mexico.

  • The New Mexico Public Education Department defines a “home school” as a home study program of instruction operated by a parent, guardian, or other person having custody and control of a school-age person that provides a basic academic educational program.

  • The New Mexico PED 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 Mexico

State funding sources & support

New Mexico does not provide funding for private education.

Curriculum requirements

The state has the authority to approve courses of instruction but doesn't have any specific requirements.

Teacher certification & hiring

There's no policy on teacher certification for private schools.

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Food services / school lunch

In New Mexico, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Public Education Department.

Length of school year

Students must attend school for the same amount of time that school is in session in the district in which they reside.

Recordkeeping and reports

Schools must report on the immunization status of all students and track and report on attendance issues.

Health and safety requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of medical or religious exemptions. Fire drills must take place once per month.


No state policy exists.


There is no state policy on testing.

State and regional associations

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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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