Who Should File a HSR Form?
California Education Code (EC) 33195 states that every person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation operating a heritage school as defined in Section 33195.4 shall file the electronic Heritage School Registration (HSR) Form between January 1 and 31 every year. EC Section 33195.4 defines “heritage school” as a school that serves children who are at least four (4) years and nine (9) months of age and no older than 18 years of age, and who also attend a public or private full-time day school. Also included in the definition is the requirement that heritage schools do all of the following:
- Specify regular hours of operation.
- Offer education or academic tutoring, or both, in a foreign language.
- Offer education on the culture, traditions, or history of a country other than the United States.
- Offer culturally enriching activities, including, but not limited to, art, dancing, games, or singing, based on the culture or customs of a country other than the United States.
- Maintain membership in a state or national cultural, or language association.
- Comply with relevant local government regulations, where applicable.
- Do not operate out of a residential home.
- Comply with the requirements of EC Section 33195 and maintain in its possession a copy of the registration form electronically filed with the Superintendent. The heritage school shall make this form available upon request, including to the State Department of Social Services, to verify exemption from child care licensure.
Note: A heritage school, as defined above, is exempt from licensure by the State Department of Social Services as a child day care center. Attendance at a heritage school does not satisfy California compulsory education requirements pursuant to EC Section 48200.
Why file the Heritage School Registration Form?
EC Section 33195 requires that heritage schools file the HSR Form annually together with a filing fee. A heritage school (as defined in EC Section 33195.4) that files the HSR Form annually is exempt from licensure as a child day care center by the State Department of Social Services. Once receipt of the filing fee is confirmed, the data submitted in the HSR Form will be included in the California Department of Education (CDE) online Heritage School Registration Form Search Page, which can be accessed by the public. Consistent with EC Section 33195(c), filing of the HSR Form shall not be interpreted to mean, and it shall be unlawful for any heritage school to expressly or impliedly represent, that the State of California, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the CDE, any division or bureau of the CDE, or any accrediting agency has made any evaluation, recognition, approval, or endorsement of the heritage school. Additionally, filing the HSR Form does not mean that the State of California or any accrediting agency has granted a license or authorization to operate a heritage school.