IC 20-18-2-12 defines a “nonpublic school” as a school that is not maintained by a school corporation, and includes a private school or parochial school. State accredited nonpublic schools and nonpublic schools participating in the Choice scholarship program are registered with the Indiana Department of Education. It is optional for all other nonpublic schools to register with the Indiana Department of Education. Information on the accountability and accreditation statuses of nonpublic schools registered with the Indiana Department of Education may be found on Compass.
Nonpublic School Number Requirements
A school is defined as any place, or structure in which systematic instruction of any kind or grade is carried on for more than 10 students 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 under IC 20-33-2.
When schools request a school number they need to comply with the following requirements:
- 10 students from preschool age through age 21. Students above age 21 cannot be counted unless they are special education students.
- The school structure cannot also be used as a home.
- Students attend the school as their primary education experience- they cannot be enrolled in another school also.
- All local zoning, laws, and regulations are met and maintained.
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 locally. It is the schools responsibility to be compliant with all local requirements for maintaining all aspects of the school.
Special Note: By applying for a school number, the facility will be referred to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s State Fire Marshall’s Office and will be subject to inspection as a “Class 1” facility and will be required to meet state fire codes for this type of structure, now and in the future.