Nonpublic Schools

In Louisiana, tens of thousands of students are enrolled in private schools. 

All private schools must be registered or approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

To register, schools must submit an annual form to the Louisiana Department of Education, which is used to confirm compliance with state attendance laws.

To be approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, schools must offer an education comparable to the quality of public schools. Graduates from confirmed eligible private schools are eligible for TOPS, a state-funded college scholarship program. Schools seeking eligibility confirmation must complete the Nonpublic School Approval process. Please see the 2016-17 NPS Approval Supplemental Process Guidelines for more information. Once approved, nonpublic schools must also submit an annual report in the fall of each year.

To become eligible for state funding, schools must be approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and also comply with Brumfield vs. Dodd, a federal court order that prohibits discrimination.

Private schools may also be eligible for state funding and support. This state funding includes $27 per student for textbooks and the opportunity to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program or the Tuition Donation Rebate Program, which provide state-funded scholarships to students in low income families.

Nonpublic schools not wishing to seek approval from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must annually register their nonpublic school.

The nonpublic school approval process will take place in April. All documentation is due by April 15th, 2016. Please email nonpublicschools@la.gov with questions about this process.