Starting a Private School in Hawaii


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Hawaii State Regulations


General Regulations


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  • Accreditation and licensing of private schools is encouraged but not required in the state of Hawaii.
  • Every school must obtain a charter and an excise tax license from the state.
  • The Hawaii 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 Hawaii.
  • Hawaii requires that parents are fully responsible for their child’s total education and must submit an annual progress report.
  • The Hawaii DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Hawaii does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Hawaii requires that private school students receive instruction in reading, writing, speech, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, and health and physical education.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is optional for nonpublic schools, but schools must be able to show that teachers are qualified for their positions through degrees, experience, certifications, etc.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

In order to meet the state’s compulsory school attendance law, students must attend 880 hours of school each year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must annually report student enrollment.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized and undergo a physical exam before enrolling in school.


Transportation

Transportation in vehicles other than school vehicles must be approved by the Department of Transportation.


Testing

No state policy exists.

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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.