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FAQ for Private School Providers

What are the requirements for opening a new private virtual school in Massachusetts?
If the school will be based in a town in Massachusetts, it must seek and receive approval from the school committee of that town, regardless of whether any students from that town will attend the school. If Massachusetts students enroll in the school, the school must report their names, ages, and residences to the superintendents of the town where those children reside within thirty days after their enrollment or registration. Whenever a student withdraws from a private virtual school, the school must notify the superintendent within ten days. The private virtual school must also submit The Individual Private School Report (enrollment as of October 1st) to the Department, with a copy to superintendent where the student resides, or use the Department's online tool. For more information, see Advisory on Approval of Massachusetts Private Schools Pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws c. 76, §1. To find contact information for all of the school districts in Massachusetts, use the Department's School/District Profiles Tool.
What are the requirements for enrolling Massachusetts students in a private virtual school when the school is not based in Massachusetts?
If the private virtual school is not based in Massachusetts, the law would treat the student as homeschooled. The student's parent or guardian would need to ask the local school to review and approve the student's educational program.

Last Updated: May 24, 2016
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