Information for Certified ESL Schools Supervised by BPSS

Laws and Regulations

Disclaimer: These Rules of the Regents and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education ("regulations") are unofficial, and are presented for general informational purposes as a public service. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that these regulations are current, complete and accurate, the State Education Department does not warrant or represent that they are current, complete and accurate. These regulations are subject to change on a regular basis. Readers are advised to consult Title 8 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (8 NYCRR), published by the Department of State, and the State Register for the official exposition of the text of these regulations, as well as for amendments and any subsequent changes or revisions thereto.

Applications and Instructions

Applications Instructions

New School Application

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Transfer of a Certification to Operate an ESL School (BPSS-4)


Notification of Ownership Change BPSS-1T (12/12a)


Director Application

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Teacher Application ESL

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Teacher Application Instructions ESL

Agent Application

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Agent References Form BPSS-18R  

Program Application ESL

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Educational Forms Instructions

Secretary's Certificate ESL

Secretary's Certificate Instructions


Prototypes of Administrative Forms

Attendance Record
Certificate of Completion Sample

Enrollment Agreement Sample

Leave of Absence
Student Disclosure Pamphlet
Student Ledger
Student Transcript


The forms are available in PDF format that require the user to have Adobe Acrobat, which is a free program, installed on the computer. Although PDF forms cannot be edited, they can be printed without the loss of any formatting. Or if the user prefers, they can be converted to Microsoft Word or Apache Open Office Writer, a free open source application, for editing.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Bureau by email at or by phone @ (518) 474-3969 or by regular mail at:
New York State Education Department
Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision
89 Washington Avenue, EBA 560
Albany, NY 12234

At this time, the Bureau does not have the capability to accept completed forms electronically. Applicants will be required to follow the instructions on the applications with regard to how the forms are filed for Bureau action.