NC Schools for Educational Freedom

More than 45 private school leaders joined PEFNC President Darrell Allison and Rep. Brian Holloway in Greensboro to discuss the need for more educational options in North Carolina.


Private schools join North Carolina Schools for Educational Freedom (NCSEF) to ensure that their schools’ interests—and the interests of the families they serve—are adequately represented and defended at the state legislature. As an association of diverse, quality private schools, NCSEF seeks to strengthen the voice of member schools as these schools work to serve low-income and working class families across the state through the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

NCSEF schools face a unique set of challenges. This association protects their interests and also advocates for their needs, thereby helping to make sure that parents continue to have access to quality private school options for years to come.

Membership Criteria

In order to strengthen the Opportunity Scholarship Program, defend the quality of schools receiving scholarship students, and broaden future funding in the state budget, NCSEF member schools should meet the following criteria:

  • Full accreditation (or in the process of accreditation) by an agency approved by the Division of Non-Public Education
  • Licensure (or in the process of obtaining licensure) by the state of North Carolina or an approved association of private schools for all principals and full-time faculty members
  • Completion of criminal background checks at time of initial hiring, with no prior convictions, for every school employee
  • Provision of a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct pupil instruction
  • Publication of instructional standards or curriculum guides on the school’s website

Member Benefits

As a member of NCSEF, you and your school will have access to:

  • Legislative and policy updates, as well as important communications from PEFNC
  • Public relations and media support; PEFNC works to connect our schools with media to spotlight successes and to feature their work
  • Collaboration through networking opportunities (two in-person meetings and two conference calls each year); discussions, led by private school leaders, include: 
    • Serving Opportunity Scholarship students effectively
    • Understanding the admissions process for Opportunity Scholarship applicants
    • Learning about best practices regarding standardized testing, accreditation models, and more
    • Navigating accountability and transparency reporting for state programs


For more information or to inquire about becoming a NCSEF member, please contact PEFNC’s Outreach Director, Allison Guenther, at 919-871-1084.