Nonpublic School Approval Branch
The Nonpublic School Approval Branch began operation in 1948 as the Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Branch. It received its current name in 1994. The branch approves the educational programs of nonpublic nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, schools for the disabled, and entities licensed by other state agencies, such as the Department of Juvenile Justice. The branch also registers church-operated nonpublic schools and other nonpublic entities who are not approved or supervised by the State Board of Education or a local board of education. The branch also publishes the annual Directory of Approved Nonpublic Schools in Maryland.