COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The following information is regarding the requirements listed in the Private Licensed Schools Act and the regulations of the State Board of Private Licensed Schools for adding a branch facility to your private licensed school.
According to the statute, 24 P.S. § 6502, a branch is a facility located within the same county and administratively an integral part of the licensed school; with the same ownership, management or control as that of a licensed school; with a curriculum substantially the same as that offered at the licensed school; when the number of tuition-paid students enrolled at each facility does not exceed 50 per class. No additional license fees or bonds are required provided the physical plant of each such facility is approved by the board.
To document that you have met all requirements related to physical plants, please submit the following: a certificate of occupancy, floor plans, a bond rider or amendment stating that your surety arrangement will cover the new facility, and the mandatory $500 fee for a site visit to verify the adequacy of the facility. Please refer to the regulations of the State Board of Private Licensed Schools, 22 Pa. Code §§ 73.92, 73.93, for information. Following a successful site visit, division staff will tentatively approve the new site subject to confirmation by the State Board of Private Licensed Schools at a regularly scheduled meeting.
If your branch will have a different name from the licensed school, you must also contact the Pennsylvania Department of State to complete the appropriate fictitious name registration form.
Please contact us with questions or concerns.