Non-chartered private schools choose not to be chartered by the State Board of Education, and therefore they are not eligible to receive any tax-funded support. This allows these schools to have complete flexibility over their curriculum without state oversight. Non-chartered private schools are required to annually certify that the school is meeting Ohio's School Operating Standards in a report to parents.
Accepting transfer or graduation credits from students attending a non-chartered private school is a local decision. Other schools, colleges, universities and employers have discretion over the decision about whether to accept credits or a diploma from non-chartered private school graduates. Diplomas issued by non-chartered private schools are not recognized by the state of Ohio.
Students are required to pay tuition to attend a non-chartered private school. The amount of tuition varies from school to school. State-funded scholarships cannot be used at non-chartered private schools.
Funding for non-chartered private schools can come through student tuition, endowments, federal tax funding, and grants from religious organizations or private individuals. These schools receive no state funding.
The application process for a non-chartered private school varies by school. Applicants may be required to fill out an application, write an essay, attend a formal interview or observation session, or take an entrance test. Some schools may ask for transcripts and other scholastic performance records from applicants.
At non-chartered private schools, teachers are required to have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a recognized college, Bible institute, or university.