General regulations

  • All private schools must be licensed by the state, but accreditation is optional. Registration and approval are not required.

  • The Nevada 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 Nevada.

  • Parents must notify the district that they will be homeschooling and provide an academic plan for their student.

  • The Nevada 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 Nevada

State funding sources & support

Nevada does not provide funding for private education, but does offer a tax credit for donating to private school scholarship funds, which are distributed by several private organizations.


Curriculum requirements

Private schools must provide instruction for private school students in the subjects required by law for public school students, either under the prescribed regular state courses or through courses prepared by private schools and approved by the state board of education.


Teacher certification & hiring

Licensed schools must have teachers who are either certified, hold a bachelor's degree and 3 years of teaching experience, or hold a master's degree and have 1 year of teaching experience.


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Food services / school lunch

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


Length of school year

The school year must be at least 180 days.


Recordkeeping and reports

Private schools are required to furnish periodic reports of enrollment, attendance and general progress within each school to the superintendent of public instruction.


Health and safety requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must perform monthly fire drills.


Transportation

School districts with less than 100,000 in population who provide transportation for public school students may also provide transportation for resident students attending nonprofit private schools on established public school bus routes. 


Testing

There are no state regulations regarding testing.


State and regional associations

  • Northwest Association of Independent Schools: A nonprofit membership association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Nevada Homeschool Network: NHN advocates for the fundamental right of parents to direct the education their own children as they see fit.


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Disclaimer

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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