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Minnesota defines a nonpublic or private school as “any school, churchor religious organization, or home school where a student can fulfill compulsory education requirements, that is located in the state, and that meets the requirements. Other than this, there are no requirements for Registration, Licensing, Accreditation or Approval.
Teacher certification is optional for instructors at nonpublic schools, however, they must fulfill one of the following criteria: hold a teaching license for the state of Minnesota; be supervised by an individual who holds a teaching license; complete a teacher competency exam; hold a baccalaureate or provide instruction in a school that is recognized by a credit agency that is recognized by the commissioner.
The curriculum for Minnesota nonpublic schools must include reading, writing, literature, fine arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, government, health and physical education. The state of Minnesota’s High School Incentives Program allows Nonprofit, nonpublic, nonsectarian schools to contract with local school districts to provide educational services to at-risk children.
Proof of current immunization or a legal exemption form is required for all new students. Nonpublic schools are required to have a minimum of five school lock-down drills, five school fire drills and one tornado drill. Assault against a private school teacher that results in bodily harm is considered a misdemeanor and instructors are allowed to use reasonable force to restrain a student from self injury, injury to others or property damage. Nonpublic schools are also entitled to the same health services and guidance counseling services offered to public schools.