Starting a Private School in Alaska


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

We’ve curated the laws and regulations about starting a private school in Alaska.


Resources

What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?


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See what else you need to know about starting a private school. From your curriculum to your marketing, and everything in-between.

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Alaska State Regulations


General Regulations


Alaska State

  • Alaska has no accreditation, licensing, approval, or registration requirements, but does permit optional accreditation processes.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Alaska

  • The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has assembled a page of state forms including those required for private schools

  • Students are only considered homeschooled if all members of the school are immediate family members.

  • There are no specific insurance requirements for schools in Alaska.


State Funding Sources & Support

Alaska does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Private education satisfies the Alaska compulsory school attendance law if the academic education provided is comparable to that offered by the public schools in the area.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is required, but exemptions can be made for religious schools.

Food Services / Lunch

In Alaska, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Child Nutrition Programs division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.


Length of School Year

School years must include at least 180 days of instruction.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools are required to submit a Corporal Punishment Policy to the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The policy must be written and explain the details of its use (who may administer, what instrument is used, privacy issues). Private schools must gain written consent before administering corporal punishment. Schools must also maintain monthly attendance records, as well as permanent academic records for enrolled students.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Private schools must instruct pupils by means of drills to safely exit school buildings in an emergency. Drills must be conducted once each month during the school term, weather permitting. The state also has the authority to ensure healthful and safe learning conditions no more stringent than in a public school.


Transportation

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development provides transportation for nonpublic school students who travel comparable distances and the same routes as public school students.


Testing

A religious or private school shall administer a nationally standardized test to all students enrolled in grades four, six, and eight at least once each year.

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Alaska State Resources


State & Regional Associations

Northwest Association of Independent Schools: The Northwest Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools.

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Guide Quick-Nav



Introduction to Starting a School

Introduction

We’ve developed these 10 topics to help you along the way. Take them all in at once, or start with the areas most relevant right now.


Creating Your School Identity

School Identity

There’s plenty you can do to develop your own brand, starting right from your personal ideals and goals for your school.


Creating Your School Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum pages include ideas on where to go to find materials, and different associations and educational models you may want to consider.


Legal & Operating Requirements

Legal & Operating Requirements

You need to know the requirements at both the federal level and for your state. Here are the basic details for every state.


Introduction to Starting a School

Funding & Finance

Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.


Creating Your School Identity

Business Plan & Budget

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Facilities

Facilities

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.


School Staffing

Staffing

How can you find and recruit the right talent for your school? What qualifications or certifications are required?


School Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.


Marketing & Online Presence

Marketing & Online Presence

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Associations

Associations

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.