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 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 2018-2019 BESE Approval 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, the School Choice Program, and 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 may annually register their nonpublic school.

Please email nonpublicschools@la.gov with questions about this process.