Starting a Private School in Florida


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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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Florida State Regulations


General Regulations


Florida State

  • Florida has no accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements, but does require each private school to register with the state and file an annual report.

  • The Florida 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 Florida.

  • Florida does not place restrictions or provide guidelines for home education programs, but does require that parents inform the state of the intent to homeschool and maintain a portfolio of student work to demonstrate that the student is meeting compulsory education requirements.

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


State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

The state and local districts have no authority over the curriculum of private schools or home education programs. 


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Private and home education teachers are not required to be certified, but private school owners can require school employees to submit fingerprints to the state Department of Law Enforcement to use for background checks.

Food Services / Lunch

In Florida, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Food, Nutrition and Wellness division of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Length of School Year

Students meet the compulsory school attendance requirements if they attend either 180 actual school days or 170 school days and the hourly equivalent of 180 days.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must keep a register of student enrollment available for inspection by the local superintendent. Parents must provide verification of student age prior to pre-K or kindergarten enrollment. Schools must also collect immunization records if they enroll kindergarten or 7th grade students.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Schools must keep a register of student enrollment available for inspection by the local superintendent. Parents must provide verification of student age prior to pre-K or kindergarten enrollment. Schools must also collect immunization records if they enroll kindergarten or 7th grade students.


Transportation

Private schools operating school buses are subject to requirements based on the number of students on each bus. Additionally, school crossing guards and bus driver training programs can be provided by the district depending on their desire to do so.


Testing

Schools that participate in school choice scholarship programs must offer statewide assessments to students. There are no statutory requirements for testing in schools that do not participate in school choice scholarship programs.

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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.