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Private School Information for Administrators

Opening a Private School
Provides information about opening a private school in Florida.

General Requirements for Florida Private Schools
Summarizes private school educational responsibilities.

Detailed Requirements for Florida Private Schools
Provides a detailed list of all the responsibilities of a private school.

Existing Private Schools Login
All Florida Private Schools must log in to complete their Annual Survey, apply to participate in scholarship programs and update contact information. Schools participating in scholarship programs log in to manage student lists and perform other online tasks specific to scholarship schools.

Registration Requirements for Florida Boarding Schools (PDF, 19KB)
Private schools in Florida are not licensed, approved, accredited, or regulated by the Florida Department of Education, the Florida State Board of Education, or the local (school district) education agency. In addition to the annual survey required of all Florida private schools, schools offering residential facilities and operating as a boarding school must complete the "Boarding School Registration Application" and submit the application to the Department of Education.

Private School Students and End of Course Testing Information

Beginning with the Spring 2013 EOC assessment administration, private school students may participate in the Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments. This testing may be done without the previous obligation of enrolling these students within the district in order to accommodate them. The Bureau of K-12 Student Assessment is providing guidance to our school districts regarding computer-based test setup and scheduling options for these students. Please contact your local school district assessment coordinator for more information.

Assistance and Resources

Private School and Home Education Transfer of Credits FAQs (PDF, 41KB)

Private School Annual Reports
Contains summaries of statistical data concerning private schools.