The Kansas State Board of Education is the only entity in the state of Kansas that can provide state accreditation to schools. Although there are numerous national school accrediting agencies, these forms of accreditation are not the same as a "State Accredited School."
Any person seeking to open a "state" accredited school in Kansas needs to do the following:
Review the current State Accreditation Regulations in order to determine whether or not it can abide by those regulations. These regulations can be found at the following web address: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1787. Please contact Jessica Noble at (785)296-3163 for more information.
Review all state statutes impacting schools in Kansas in order to ensure compliance. Education state statutes can be found at the following web address: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=428. You may contact Cheryl Whelan at (785) 296-3204 for information on the statutes.
Complete a request for a "School Building Number." This form can be found at the following web address: https://svapp15586.ksde.org/authentication/login.aspx. (Select Directory from the list of items available. From the menus at the top select School Menu. You will then be able to choose the following options Open, Close, Change Name or Reconfigure) This form goes through an electronic process. You will receive written notification when your request has been approved.
Once a school has been approved for state accreditation, it will be considered a Candidate School. It will hold this status during the first year. At that time, and for all subsequent years, accreditation status will be determined based on both quality and performance accreditation standards as defined in the Quality Performance Accreditation Regulations.