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Filing the Private School Affidavit


Filing the Online Affidavit Form

Filing online ensures timely submission of the affidavit and allows filers to receive an email confirmation of their filing. To receive the email confirmation, ensure that an email address is entered in Item 9. The statutory filing period is October 1-15; however, the filing system remains open October 1-July 31 each year.

Private School Affidavit Online Form

The filing period for 2016-17 has closed.

The 2017-18 Private School Affidavit will be available October 1, 2017.

Filing of the PSA shall not be interpreted to mean, and it shall be unlawful for any school to expressly or impliedly represent by any means whatsoever, that the State of California, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the CDE, or any division or bureau of the Department, or any accrediting agency has made any evaluation, recognition, approval, or endorsement of the school or course unless this is an actual fact (California Education Code Section 33190). See Selected California Education Codes pertaining to private elementary or high schools. Filing the PSA does not mean that the State of California or any accrediting agency has granted a license or authorization to operate a school.

Filing the Paper Affidavit Form or Statement in Lieu of the Form

If filing online is not an option, a paper Affidavit or a statement in lieu of the Affidavit may be filed by mail. Any filing that is done by mail must be submitted with an original signature and dated; paper forms may not be attached to e-mails or faxed. Paper PSAs and statements must include all required components.

To receive a paper PSA, please e-mail privateschools@cde.ca.gov or call 916-445-7331.

Mail the completed paper PSA or statement to:

Educator Excellence Office - Private Schools
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814

Request a Change to a Filed Affidavit

Private schools that filed a Private School Affidavit for the current year may submit changes to their filing. To request a change, send an e-mail to privateschools@cde.ca.gov. Please include the affidavit confirmation number, the school name and address, along with the name and telephone number of the requestor. Those without Internet access may contact our office using the phone number indicated at the bottom of this page. Please note: changes may only be requested October 1 - July 31.

Who Should File a Private School Affidavit?

A person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation located in California that provides full time day school for students that are ages six through eighteen and offer instruction “… in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools of the state.”

This includes (but is not limited to):

Why file the Private School Affidavit?

California Education Code (EC) Section 33190 states that persons, firms, associations, partnerships, or corporations offering or conducting private school instruction at the elementary or high school level for students between the ages of six and eighteen years shall file the Private School Affidavit (PSA) between October 1 and 15.

State law requires that children age six through eighteen attend a public day school. This is referred to as California’s compulsory education law. Students enrolled in a private school that files the affidavit are exempt from compulsory education.

The data submitted via the PSA is used to create the annual Private School Directory. The reported data and enrollment information is used by a number of State and federal agencies that provide programs and services to children and families in California and for other reporting needs.

A non-profit private school that files the PSA and indicates a total enrollment of six or more students will be reported to the public school district in which it is located as a private school that is eligible for certain services and resources under Title IX, Part E Uniform Provisions External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act via the Consolidated Application Reporting System.

Correspondence

Password for Filing the Private School Affidavit
September 23, 2016: Letter to Private School Administrators regarding filing the Annual Private School Affidavit, instructions, and password information.

October 21, 2014, notice regarding the Private School Affidavit

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