Starting a Private School in Kentucky


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


Resources

What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?


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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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Kentucky State Regulations


General Regulations


Kentucky state

  • Kentucky has no registration or approval requirements, but offers optional accreditation and licensing. The exception is for-profit schools not affiliated with a religious organization — these schools must be licensed.
  • The Kentucky Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
  • Homeschools are considered private schools in Kentucky and must follow the same regulations.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Kentucky.
  • The Kentucky DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Kentucky does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Instruction must be provided in English. Additionally, the State Textbook Commission must approve all text books and the state has the right to set minimum course standards if they so choose.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Schools must show that instructors and administrators are qualified.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

The school term for private and parochial schools may not be shorter than the term of the local public school district; if a school operates year-round the minimum term is 185 days; that includes no less than the equivalent of 1062 instructional hours in a minimum of 170 instructional days.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools are required to maintain student enrollment and attendance records and must provide them to the state as needed.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

School buildings are subject to inspection by the local health board.


Transportation

No public funds may be used for transporting nonpublic school students.


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.