Starting a Private School in Hawaii
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Hawaii State Regulations
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.
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 California, 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 full-time school. The specifics are left up to each individual school.
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 in vehicles other than school vehicles must be approved by the Department of Transportation.
No state policy exists.
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