Starting a Private School in Arizona

Regulations, Resources, & Support

Our team has curated the best resources and information available about starting a private school in Arizona. Enjoy!


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Regulations

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


Resources

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


Starting a School Guide

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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Arizona State Regulations


General Regulations


  • Arizona has no accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements.

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

  • Arizona defines home schooling as a school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or instruction provided in the child’s home, so in most cases, a private school is not able to take advantage of registering as a home school.

  • Arizona does not have any specific insurance requirements for schools


State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

Arizona requires that all students receive instruction in reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private schools.

Food Services / Lunch

In Arizona, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Health and Nutrition Services division of the Department of Education.


Length of School Year

In order to meet school attendance requirements, private school students must attend school for the full time school is in session in the local school district.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private schools must keep records and report on student age, enrollment status, and immunization records. Schools are also responsible for requesting student academic records from their previous schools.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be vaccinated unless they meet exemption criteria. The fire marshal is responsible for establishing programs for evacuating school buildings and instructing students in private schools on the importance of fire prevention and control. Private schools must also provide safety equipment, such as protective eyewear, for students participating in labs or other hazardous educational activities.


Transportation

There are no state policies regarding private school transportation


Testing

There are no mandated testing requirements for 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.