Starting a Private School in New York
Regulations, Resources, & Support
New York State Regulations
There are no accreditation or licensing requirements and registration and recognition are optional, depending on the governing structure of the school.
The New York State Education Department 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 York.
Homeschool families must register with the state, provide a plan of study, and give quarterly reports on student progress.
The New York Education Department has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State Funding Sources & Support
New York provides funding for private education in the form of reimbursements to nonpublic schools for providing state testing, using state-wide attendance reporting systems, and other costs incurred as part of following state guidelines.
Teacher Certification & Hiring
Instruction must only be given by a competent teacher, though the statute does not specify what that entails.
Food Services / Lunch
In New York, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Education Department.
Length of School Year
School must be in session 180 days per year.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Healthy & Safety Requirements
Students must be immunized unless they have documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must perform 12 fire drills per school year.
Non-city school districts are required to provide transportation for students living up to 15 miles from their school.
Students are required to take state exams.
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