Starting a Private School in West Virginia

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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West Virginia State Regulations

General Regulations

West Virginia State
  • In West Virginia, nonpublic schools are classified as either exemption (b) or exemption (k). Exemption (b) schools operate based on agreement with the county in which they are located. Exemption (k) schools operate based on compliance with WV Code §18-28.

  • Licensing is not required. Approval is optional and only relates to exemption (b) schools. Registration is optional only for exemption (b) nonpublic schools. Registration is required for exemption (k) schools. Accreditation is optional for all schools.

  • The West Virginia Department of Education has little in the way of detailed requirements for private schools but you can access the state statutes for more information.

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

  • West Virginia does not recognize home schools as private schools.

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

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