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Public School Approval Office

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This office oversees the implementation of NH Administrative Rule ED 306, Minimum Standards for Public School Approval. Additionally, we provide technical assistance to public school staff and information to the public regarding the minimum standards and related New Hampshire laws (RSAs).

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  • What is the difference between school approval and accreditation?
  • Are all schools required to be approved?
  • Are all schools required to be accredited?
  • Are charter schools public or private schools?
  • Are schools required to make up time when they are closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies?
  • Are the requirements the same for public, charter, and private schools?
  • Are there different designations for approval?
  • How do I know if my school has been approved?
  • How many days of instruction are required?
  • How often must a school be approved?
  • Is there any difference between private schools and nonpublic schools?
  • May a school year be less than 180 days?
  • My child is transferring to a NH public high school from a private high school. Can we request a waiver of particular graduation requirements?
  • What happens if a school does not meet the standards?
  • What standards must be met for a school to be approved?
  • Where can I obtain a copy of the Administrative Rules?

Caitlin Davis
Director, Division of Education Analytics and Resources

Ashley Frame
ELA/Reading/Social Studies/World Languages
Marjorie Schoonmaker
Facilities Reviewer
Stan Freeda
Educational Technology Specialist
Marcia McCaffrey
Arts Education Consultant/Physical Education
603-271 – 3193
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New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711