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.



  • 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   ____________________________________________________________________
  • 09/18/17-New SEDRF 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. SORIS Code Memo
  • 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: October 12, 2017