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Opening or Becoming a State-Accredited School in Kansas

Although there are numerous national and regional agencies that accredit schools, the Kansas State Board of Education is the only entity that can grant Kansas state accreditation to schools.

A brand new private school can seek state accreditation upon opening, or an existing non-state-accredited private school can seek to become state-accredited.
To open (or become) a state-accredited private school in Kansas:

  1. Review the current state accreditation regulations, referred to as QPA regulations, in order to determine whether or not the school can abide by them. BE AWARE that these regulations are going to change for the 2017-2018 school year. The new regulations will be posted as soon as they are adopted by the State Board. Here is a link to the model that the new regulations will support: KESA regulations. Please contact KSDE accreditation staff at (785) 368-7356 or accreditation@ksde.org for more information.
  2. Review all state education statutes impacting schools in Kansas in order to ensure compliance. Contact KSDE General Counsel at (785) 296-3204 for more information on the statutes.
  3. Send an e-mail to accreditation@ksde.org. The subject line should be "Intent to open/become state accredited private school - NAME OF SCHOOL." Include the following information in the body of the message: 1) first and last name of lead administrator of the school (school principal); 2) physical address of the school (include ZIP code); 3) Postal address of the school (if different from physical address); 4) telephone number for the school (include area code); 5) e-mail address for the school; 6) e-mail address for the lead administrator (if different from school e-mail address); 7) web address (URL) of school's official website.
  4. KSDE staff will contact the lead administrator by phone to verify the information submitted and then establish the school’s file in the KSDE database.
  5. KSDE staff will then provide instructions for submitting (through the computerized system) a formal request to open or become a state-accredited private school.
  6. After submitting the formal request, the lead administrator will receive notification from KSDE when the request has been approved.
  7. Once the school has been approved, its status will be “Accredited (Candidate).” For the next year, the school will work to establish the systems and processes necessary to meet accreditation requirements.
  8. During the spring semester of the “Accredited (Candidate)” school’s first full school year (August through May) of operation, KSDE staff will conduct a formal accreditation review to determine the accreditation status that KSDE will recommend to the State Board of Education.
  9. The Kansas State Board of Education will receive accreditation recommendations in April/May and vote on them in May/June. The new accreditation status will remain in effect until changed through official action of the State Board of Education.
  10. Subsequently, accreditation status will be determined based on the regulations in effect at the time.


For information about opening a non-accredited private school (includes home schools) in Kansas, please visit the Non-Accredited Private Schools (Homeschooling) page.

For information about opening a charter school, please visit the charter school web page.

DEFINITION: Successful Kansas High School Graduate

A SUCCESSFUL KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE has the  academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce without the need for remediation.”
Adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education, January 2016

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