Indiana Administrative Code (410 lAC 6-5.1) defines "school" as any place, or structure in which systematic instruction of any kind or grade is carried on for more than 10 persons for five hours or more per week or two and one-half hours or more per day, including preschools, kindergartens; elementary and secondary schools providing instruction to meet the compulsory attendance law.
When schools request a school number, they need to comply with the following requirements:
- Must enroll at least ten students from preschool age through age 21. Students over 21 cannot be counted unless they are special education students.
- The school structure cannot also be used as a home.
Depending upon the county or municipality that a school sets within, zoning requirements may need to be met for a school to be in compliance at that level.
Registering a private school with the Indiana Department of Education is not the same as seeking accreditation. Schools that are interested in obtaining a school number may submit a request using the Non-Public School Number Request Form.