General regulations

  • There are no licensing, approval, or registration requirements, and accreditation is optional.

  • The Utah State Board of Education includes regulations for private schools and home schools  the Utah Administrative Code.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Utah.

  • Families must register with the state to homeschool.

  • The Utah BOE 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 Utah

State funding sources & support

Utah provides funding for private education:


Curriculum requirements

Students are allowed to enroll part-time at a local public school to take electives or participate in activities not offered at the private school.


Teacher certification & hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private school teachers.


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Food services / school lunch

In Utah, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Board of Education.


Length of school year

There is no state requirement for private schools’ length of the school year.


Recordkeeping and reports

Schools must keep enrollment records and report the number of seniors attending the school to facilitate voter registration efforts.


Health and safety requirements

Students must provide certification of immunization or proof of a medical, personal, or religious exemption.


Transportation

Transportation is not provided by state or local district and all school buses must be inspected biannually.


Testing

Private school participation in state testing is optional.


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.


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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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