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Explore Ohio's Non-chartered Private Schools

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 attending a non-chartered private school are not entitled to publicly-funded transportation.


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. 

Application Process

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.

Teacher Requirements

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.