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Information and resources for operating private schools, including state requirements for private schools.

State Requirements

Affidavit Filing Requirements

California Education Code (EC) Section 33190External link opens in new window or tab. 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 annually file the Private School Affidavit between October 1 and 15.

To file an Affidavit, or to obtain more information on filing an Affidavit, visit the Private School Affidavit web page.

Compulsory Education Requirements

California’s compulsory education law requires that children age six through eighteen attend a public day school. Per EC Section 48222External link opens in new window or tab., students who are enrolled in a private school that has complied with the affidavit filing requirements are exempt from the compulsory education law.

Education Code for Private Schools

For more information on the California Education Code sections that apply to private schools, visit the Education Code for Private Schools web page.

Correspondence

Private School Affidavit Filing Reminder for Schools with Six or More Students (Dated 26-Sept-2019)
Letter to private school administrators who filed last year with six or more students reminding them of the affidavit filing requirements and providing instructions and resources for filing the affidavit.

Private School Affidavit Filing Reminder for Schools with Fewer than Six Students (Dated 27-Sept-2019)
Letter to private school administrators who filed last year with fewer than six students reminding them of the affidavit filing requirements and providing instructions and resources for filing the affidavit.

Resources

Private School Resources
Links to web sites for selected state and federal agencies that have information, programs, or requirements related to private schools.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions regarding private schools in California.

Schooling at Home
Information and resources for educating children at home.

Equitable Services Professional Development
Information and resources related to non-profit private schools professional development consultation (Title II, Part A).

Private School Data
Provides access to private school directory information, as well as information reported on the Private School Affidavit.

California School Directory
The California School Directory contains information about all California public schools, private schools, nonpublic nonsectarian schools, school districts, and county offices of education.

Student Records and Transcripts
Resources for obtaining student records and transcripts.

Contact Information

Teacher and Leader Policy Office
TLPO@cde.ca.gov
916-445-7331

Private School Data
privateschools@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0317

Questions:   Private School Data | privateschools@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0317
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 15, 2019
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