Nonpublic Schools

State Office of Religious and Independent Schools-SORIS

Parents and guardians of compulsory school age children have the legal right to enroll them in nonpublic schools. Nonpublic schools may be either independent/secular or provide religious instruction as part of their curriculum. Parents and guardians may also instruct their school age children at home and be in compliance with the Compulsory Attendance Law.

Nonpublic school students are entitled to some publicly funded services, which are either provided by the school district in which the student resides or the district within which the nonpublic school is located. State-funded programs and services include: Health Services, Homebound Instruction, Textbook Loan Program, Computer Software Loan Program, School Library Materials Loan Program, Transportation (students must reside within 15 miles of the nonpublic school), Special Education Services, Dual Enrollment Programs, and Mandated Services Reimbursement.

The State Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) staff provides general information, support for the Board of Regents Education Corporation process and Commissioner’s Consent to alternate incorporations, registration of nonpublic high schools; oversight of the application process for entities seeking a Basic Educational Data System (BEDS) registration number; and Coordination of the Commissioner of Education's Advisory Council for Nonpublic Schools.



  • 07/19/18-Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Grant Allocations (Yr 2)

Below are links to the 2017-18 Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Grant information:

AIS 2017-18 Program Guidance

AIS 2017-18 Program Allocation Listing

AIS 2017-18 Program Reimbursement Form

AIS 2017-18 Webinar Video-coming shortly


  • 07/16/18-Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) Grant Allocations

Below are the links to the 2017-18 (Year 5, 2018-19 school year) Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) program information:
1. NPSE Program Guidance
2. NPSE Allocations-available shortly
3. NPSE Reimbursement Form
4. NPSE Personnel Activity Report (PAR)-Addendum
5. NPSE Webinar Video-available shortly



  • 05/24/18-Ombudsman Point of Contact

If a religious or independent school official believes a public school district did not engage in consultation that was meaningful and timely; did not give due consideration to the views of the nonpublic school; and/or did not make a decision that treats nonpublic school students equitably, a written complaint can be filed with the New York State Education Department Ombudsman.

If your school has such a complaint, please e-mail .


  • 05/21/18-The updated Calendar of Reminders has been posted. The Calendar is a month by month listing of upcoming deadlines and due dates for Religious and Independent Schools.


  • 05/10/18-Upcoming Professional Development
  • Early Childhood Conference
  • Teachers of three, four, and five year-olds
  • June 21, 2018
  • University of Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd, Buffalo

Early Childhood Conference Information

Online Registration


  • 05/10/18-Upcoming Professional Development
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Cohort 1: Teachers of K-5
  • Cohort 2: Teachers of Grades 6-8
  • July 16,17,18,19
  • At The Jewish Education Project (520 8th Ave- 15th Floor, NY, NY 10018)
  • Registration Fee: $125

Responsvie Classroom Professional Development Information

Registration Form


  • 03/16/18-The webinar for the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Teachers (MST) Grant has been posted. This webinar provides an overview of the program and guidance.

MST Webinar Video


  • 02/14/18- MSA DUE DATE EXTENDED to Wednesday February 21, 2018

The Due date for the submission of 2016-17 School Year claims has been extended to Wednesday February 21 at Noon.

Please note that if you have any other MSA or CAP claim that has not yet been resolved, you will not be able to open the 2016-17 school year claim. Contact the Office of Grants Management at 518-474-3936 with any questions.

Please note that the new reimbursement rate for State School Immunization Program (SSIP) for the New York City, Rochester and Buffalo areas has not yet been established. While schools claiming SSIP will still be able to complete and submit their claim, they will have a temporary hold on their claim until such time the new rate has been determined. Once the amount is determined we will adjust appropriately and the HOLD for SSIP will be removed. The Department expects the new rate to be in place prior to when payments are to be made in late February, early March.

In order for your MSA claim to be considered timely, it must be submitted and/or received by Noon February 21, 2018. For those schools making an online submission, it is important to note that an “Open” claim is not a “submitted” claim. For those schools submitting a paper form, please be sure to allow time for the mailing process as received does not mean “postmarked”. Funds will not be made available to make payments until after the due date of February 21, 2018.

  • 01/11/18The online system is now available for schools to submit their MSA claim for the 2016-17 school yearWORD ICON ______________________________________________________________
  • 01/03/18 -MSA Revised Timeline for 2016-17 School Year Claims
    We apologize for the delay in the online availability of the 2016-17 school year MSA Claims through the SED Business Portal. At this time, we anticipate opening up the system for the 2016-17 school year no later than January 10th. Due to this delay, the deadline for submission of claims has been extended to February 14th, 2018.

Please note that the MSA online system pulls contact data from a school’s SEDREF record and uses this information to notify the schools of claim approvals, payments and any additional information required to process claims. It is important to ensure that all information in that record is correct and up to date. Please take this opportunity to review your school’s SEDREF record for accuracy. If there are any changes that need to be made, please email

In addition, it is important to note that the online system allows only one school year claim to be open at a time. If you have a prior year claim that has not yet been closed, please contact the Office of Grants Management at 518-474-3936 so that any outstanding issues can be resolved so as not to delay your ability to submit a claim for the 2016-17 school year.


  • 01/02/18-New York State Grant for Mathematics, Science, & Technology Teachers in Religious and Independent Schools (MST) :

Funds to reimburse religious and independent schools for Mathematics, Science, and Technology teachers were appropriated in the 2017-18 enacted State budget. The program is governed by Section 3037 of Education Lawexternal linkadded by Chapter 59 of 2017. Religious and independent schools that employ eligible teachers of Mathematics, Science, or Technology may seek reimbursement. Links to MST Guidance and Reimbursement Form can be found below:

MST 2017-18 Guidance WORD ICON

MST 2017-18 Reimbursement Form WORD ICON




  • 10/24/17 - DEADLINE EXTENDED: The October 31, 2017 deadline for MSA and/or CAP claims for the 2013-14 School Year has been extended to November 30, 2017. New or amended online claims or paper submissions received after that date will not be accepted.


  • 10/12/17 - RISE Annual Conference:  The 33rd annual Independent and Religious School’s Conference is December 4 and 5, 2017 at the Albany Marriott.  Conference and registration information is available at Annual Conference or NYS Coalition of Independent and Religious Schools website.   ____________________________________________________________________
  • 09/18/17-New SEDREF data field - Below is a link to the memorandum regarding a new SEDRF data field which will be referred to as the SORIS code. Schools with multiple building locations, please read the memo in its entirety, including the questions and answers for specific guidance. For schools with only one building, no further action is needed regarding this data field. For additional information, review the memo and FAQ documents:
  • 07/26/17-The webinar for the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) program has been posted. This webinar provides an overview of the program and guidance.

NPSE 2016-17 Webinar Video


  • 07/26/17-The webinar for the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) program has been posted. This webinar provides an overview of the program and guidance.

AIS 2016-17 Webinar Video


  • 07/20/17-The updated Calendar of Reminders has been posted. The Calendar is a month by month listing of upcoming deadlines and due dates for Religious and Independent Schools.



Last Updated: July 25, 2018