Starting a Private School in Connecticut

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Connecticut State Regulations


General Regulations


Connecticut-state

  • State approval for private schools in Connecticut is optional but requires accreditation. Schools can choose to not pursue the state approval process but must still submit enrollment information to the state.

  • The Connecticut Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.

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

  • Connecticut requires home schooling be completed by families and annual portfolios must be submitted to the state to ensure students are meeting education criteria.

  • The Connecticut DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

Connecticut does not provide funding for private schools, though local school districts are legally permitted to lend money to nonpublic schools for construction or renovations of physical facilities used for educational purposes.


Curriculum Requirements

The state requires that nonpublic schools provide regular instruction in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic, and United States history and citizenship. Courses must be presented in English except in official bilingual programs created to assist students in learning English.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is optional for nonpublic schools.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

No policies exist regarding length of school year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must file attendance reports as well as “reports similar to those required of public schools” except those concerning finance. Schools must also implement a policy for reporting school transportation safety complaints and for reporting accidents near school bus stops.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students enrolled in nonpublic schools must be immunized before enrolling in school, though exemptions (such as religious reasons) apply. Buildings must be inspected by a local fire marshal at least once per year.


Transportation

When a majority of students attending a nonpublic school are residents of Connecticut, the municipality or school district must provide the nonpublic school students the same transportation services provided to k–12 students attending public schools.


Testing

There are no standardized testing requirements for nonpublic schools.

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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.