Private schools may, but are not required to register with the Department of Education. Those that do register are required to show that their teachers are qualified, if not actually licensed, the facility is able to protect the health and safety of the students and the curriculum reflects the academic and educational goals of the public school system.
Private schools offering residential facilities must be licensed by the Children’s Services Division. Licensing standards include physical health, safety and curriculum advisement by the superintendent of public instruction.
Teachers at private schools must demonstrate their qualifications through a current teaching license or teaching a minimum of half time in their field of study while they actively obtain a teaching certificate. They may also prove they they possess verifiable experience consistent with the subject in which they are instructing.
Private schools in Oregon, with a student roster of 50 or more are required to hold monthly safety drills as well as instructing students in fire and earthquake preparedness. Schools are also subject to current building codes, including the use of fire retardant materials within the building.
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