Starting a Private School in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania State Regulations

General Regulations

Pennsylvania State
  • Pennsylvania mandates licensing for K─12 private academic schools, except schools owned or operated by or under the authority of bona fide religious institutions, schools that are owned by colleges or universities, schools for the blind or deaf receiving Commonwealth appropriations, or schools accredited by accrediting associations approved by the state board of education. Religious-based schools are required to be registered with the state instead. All schools can choose to be accredited in lieu of meeting other requirements.

  • The Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

  • Homeschooling must be done by a parent, guardian or licensed tutor.

  • The Pennsylvania DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.

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