Texas state resources
There are no registration, licensing, or approval requirements, and accreditation is optional.
The Texas Education Agency has assembled a page of resources for private schools.
The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Texas.
Texas has no laws or regulations related to homeschooling. The state of Texas does not regulate, monitor, approve, register, or accredit programs available to parents who choose to homeschool their children.
The Texas Education Agency has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State funding sources & support
Texas does not provide funding for private education.
The only requirement is that schools teach students good citizenship.
Teacher certification & hiring
Teacher certification is not required for private schools.
Food services / school lunch
In Texas, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Agriculture.
Length of school year
Accredited private schools must meet or exceed the minimum seat time required of public schools.
Recordkeeping and reports
Schools must keep transcripts and provide them to the student's new school should they choose to transfer.
Health and safety requirements
Students must provide proof of immunization or of a medical or religious exemption.
Transportation is not provided by the state or district, but city buses and trains are required to offer students discount fares.
Private schools can choose to optionally offer state standardized testing to students but must pay for the cost of the test.
State and regional associations
Texas Private Schools Association: advocates for the independence of Texas private schools, ensuring their freedom to fulfill their unique missions and meet the diverse needs of students.
Texas Private School Accreditation Commission: helps ensure quality in private schools by monitoring and approving organizations that accredit the various non-public elementary and secondary educational institutions in the state of Texas.
Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools: The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools serves 112 Episcopal schools, richly diverse in location, size and scope, throughout the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
Independent Schools Association of the Southwest: ISAS promotes, upholds, and advances the highest educational and professional standards for the region’s independent schools.
Starting a Private School
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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.