General regulations

  • 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.

Education regulations and resources for starting a private school in the state of Texas

State funding sources & support

Texas does not provide funding for private education.

Curriculum requirements

The only requirement is that schools teach students good citizenship.

Teacher certification & hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private schools.

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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

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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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