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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.

Private School Affidavit Information
Obtain information on the private school affidavit, or access the affidavit filing system to file an affidavit.

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 California Education Code that applies to private schools, visit the Education Code for Private Schools web page.

Correspondence

Homeschooling Guidance, Reminders and Resources for Districts and County Offices (Dated 19-June-2020)
Letter providing public school districts and county offices of education with homeschooling guidance for parents opting to homeschool; reminders and resources for verifying affidavits and information on the new look and feel of the private school affidavit.

Private School Affidavit Final Filing Reminder (Dated 13-May-2020)
Letter to private school administrators who filed last year, but had still not filed a 2019–20 affidavit, reminding them of the affidavit filing requirements and providing instructions and resources for filing the affidavit.

Clarification on the New Online Private School Affidavit Filing System (Dated 22-April-2020)
Follow up notice providing clarification on the April 21 notice regarding the announcement of the new Private School Affidavit filing system.

New Online Private School Affidavit Filing System (Dated 21-April-2020)
Letter to private school administrators informing them of the new online Private School Affidavit filing system.

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.

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.

Resources

Private School Affidavit Information
Information on filing and maintaining a PSA.

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, September 18, 2020
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