Starting a Private School in Indiana


Regulations, Resources, & Support

Our team has curated the best resources and information available about starting a private school in Indiana. Enjoy!


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Regulations

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


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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Indiana State Regulations


General Regulations


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  • Registration and licensing are not required, while accreditation and registration are optional for schools except those participating in the Choice Scholarship Program.

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

  • Homeschools are considered nonpublic schools and have stringent attendance and reporting requirements.

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

  • Indiana does not have specific insurance requirements for private schools.


State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

Schools seeking accreditation from the state must follow curriculum requirements, specifically civics and constitution education. Non-accredited schools do not have to follow any specific curriculum requirements.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Accredited schools must have licensed teachers; other nonpublic schools do not.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Students must attend school for the 180 days required of public school students.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Nonpublic schools must keep student enrollment and attendance records and provide them to the state, if requested.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Accredited nonpublic schools must meet the same health and safety requirements as public schools in the state. Non-accredited schools do not need to meet these requirements.


Transportation

The local school district must provide transportation to students living along a highway that is part of the normal school bus route. Otherwise, private schools may contract out bus services.


Testing

Accredited nonpublic schools must give state exams at the same time as public 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

Thinking about more than just a student handbook and conduct code, we've included recommendations & templates to help you develop your school policies & procedures


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.