Starting a Private School in Arkansas

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Arkansas State Regulations


General Regulations


Arkansas State

  • There are no requirements for accreditation, registration, licensing, or approval from the state for private schools in Arkansas, but they do have requirements on incorporation of schools and composition of governing boards.

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

  • In Arkansas, a home school is a school provided by a parent or legal guardian for his or her own child, and private schools cannot be registered as home schools.

  • Arkansas has no published insurance requirements for schools.


State Funding Sources & Support

Arkansas does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

The language of instruction must be English and an American flag must be displayed on school grounds when school is in session.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Private school teachers are exempt from certification requirements.

Food Services / Lunch

In Arkansas, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Child Nutrition Unit of the Department of Education.


Length of School Year

Regulations on school day and school year length do not apply to private schools.


Recordkeeping & Reports

The Arkansas Department of Education collects private school information, including:  school name, mailing address, number of enrolled students, and grade levels taught, the administrator’s name and contact information, and whether the school participates in federal programs for funding.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must have immunizations and be screened for scoliosis. Additionally, schools must provide monthly fire drills and keep all exits unlocked during school hours.


Transportation

No statutes exist regarding transportation options for private schools.


Testing

There are no state requirements for the testing of private school students.

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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.