Public School Approval

The Maine Department of Education requires school administrative units (SAUs), and approved private schools to be approved annually. Maine Rule Chapter 125 lays out the details of annual school approval, required per 20-A M.R.S. Chapter 206. Directories of Maine schools can be found here.

The approval process for public schools originates with the SAU superintendent's office, where NEO’s Staff and Maine Schools Update/School Approval are updated annually in the summer. The Department’s Helpdesk can assist SAUs with completion of these requirements.

The following links also contain information and instructions:

Because compliance with all items on the School Approval Report is required in statute, schools that do not complete every item, including Public Charter Schools and Career and Technical Schools, are placed on provisional status until items are brought into compliance. The School Enrollment/Approval Specialist works with schools to bring items into compliance. Routine site visits may also be conducted for all schools.

Related resources can be found at the following links:


Pamela Ford-Taylor
School Enrollment/Approval 
Maine Department of Education 
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0023