Starting a Private School in Hawaii

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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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.

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State & Regional Associations

  • Hawaii Association of Private Schools: Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) advocates on behalf of independent education in Hawaii, provides services that strengthen our individual schools and engages them to achieve educational quality and excellence for all students.

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