Where to Start?

Preparing to open a school is a significant undertaking. The following guide is intended as a starting point with considerations and resources that can help with your planning.  We hope you find it valuable!

Please note, we've done our best to pull together current and accurate information. Even so, there may be omissions or mistakes or content that needs to be updated. If you have recommendations for any resources or corrections, we appreciate your input so we can continue to improve this guide for everyone. 

Last, nothing in this guide should be construed as legal, business, or tax advice. It is important that you engage qualified professionals who can advise you on such matters.

At Twine, we are excited about helping schools, passionate about transforming learning and focused on improving student achievement. We are proud to provide technology solutions that help schools achieve their goals. Best wishes to you on this new journey!

What’s Here:

  • Introduction (this page)

  • School Identity

  • Curriculum

  • Legal & Operating Requirements

  • Funding

  • Business Plan & Budget

  • Facilities

  • Staffing

  • Marketing & Online Presences

  • Associations

  • State-Specific Resources


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Where do you need help?

We’ve organized our guide by topic. While we hope you’ll find value in every section, feel free to jump to the sections that are most important now, and come back to other sections as you need them. Following is an overview of what to expect from each chapter.


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School Identity

Choosing a name for your school is a great place to start because it is a piece of information you’ll need to have on basically every piece of paperwork you’re going to complete during this process. If your school is going to be affiliated with an already-established chain of schools that has some kind of standard naming convention, you’re a step ahead of the game. If you need to come up with your own school name from scratch, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind: