Starting a Private School in Kansas


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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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Kansas State Regulations


General Regulations


Kansas State

  • Licensing is not required in Kansas, but all schools must register with the state. Additionally, Kansas offers optional accreditation and approval processes.
  • The Kansas Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
  • Homeschooling is treated the same as a non-accredited private schools, and requires registration with the state.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Kansas.
  • The Kansas DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

Accredited schools must teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, spelling, English grammar and composition, history of the United States and of Kansas, civil government and citizenship, health and hygiene, and other subjects as the Kansas State Board of Education determines.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Accredited schools must hire certified teachers, while non-accredited schools must have teachers that are “competent instructors.”

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Private schools must offer instruction for a period of time that is “substantially equivalent” to the period of time public schools are open (465 hours per year for kindergarten, 1,116 hours per year for grades 1 through 11, and 1,086 hours per year for grade 12).


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must receive documentation of student identity and birth date. Additionally, schools must maintain attendance records and report students who are truant.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must receive a health assessment and provide records of immunizations prior to enrolling in school. Private schools must also provide vision and hearing screenings to students. Tornado and fire drills are also required to take place throughout the school year.


Transportation

Students of accredited private or parochial schools are entitled to transportation along the regular route of the school bus if transportation is provided to public school students.


Testing

Non-accredited schools are not required to test students, but accredited schools must have 95% of enrolled students participate in testing.

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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.