Nonpublic Schools

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

Students may attend nonpublic schools approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), or may choose to enroll in a nonpublic school (not seeking state approval).

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 BESE approval must complete the Nonpublic School Approval process. Please see the BESE Approval Process Guidelines for more information. Once approved, nonpublic schools must also submit an annual report in the fall of each year.

  • Nonpublic Schools Seeking BESE Approval for the 2022-23 school year completed this application by October 30th, 2021.
  • Submissions will be accepted in the fall of 2022 for the 2023-24 school year.

To become eligible for state and federal 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.

Nonpublic schools not wishing to seek approval from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may annually  submit attendance information for their nonpublic school (not seeking state approval).

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