Idaho does not have statutes with requirements specific to online education; however,
Idaho law establishes requirements for educational institutions in general. In addition
to meeting the following requirements, the student must attend classes for a certain
number of hours per week. The number of hours per week depends on the type of classes
the student attends.
Grades seven through twelve: Public secondary schools serving grades nine through twelve must meet the standards
of the Northwest Accreditation Commission. Idaho’s State Department of Education publishes
a list of accredited schools (https://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/accreditation/) that operate in compliance with Idaho law.
Idaho does not regulate private or parochial schools; thus, an online private or parochial
school does not need to meet specific requirements to comply with Idaho law.
College or university: Idaho’s State Board of Education publishes a list of public colleges and universities
(https://boardofed.idaho.gov/public_col_univ/public_col_univ_jump.asp) that offer online coursework consistent with Idaho law.
The Idaho State Board of Education publishes a list of private colleges and universities
that are either registered with the Board or exempt from registration. These institutions
(http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/) offer courses consistent with Idaho law.
Course of training to prepare the individual for a paying job: Idaho’s State Board of Education publishes a list of proprietary schools (i.e.,
schools that offer or sell courses of study but do not provide degrees). Proprietary
schools listed at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_proprietary/priv_proprietary_registration.asp offer online coursework consistent with Idaho law.
Other programs: Obtain an opinion from OGC if a program does not meet these requirements to determine
if it is consistent with Idaho law.