Starting a Private School in Massachusetts


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


Get Started


Regulations

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


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.

Software That Simplifies & Empowers Your School


Attract students, satisfy parents, & grow your school! With Twine, we keep the administration easy so you can focus on other things.


Book a Demo

Massachusetts State Regulations


General Regulations


Massachusetts State

  • Massachusetts has no requirements for registration, licensing or accreditation.
  • All schools must be approved by the local school district. To be approved, the committee looks to see that the curriculum is thorough and that private school students are making the same academic progress as public school students.
  • The Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.
  • Homeschool programs must be pre-approved before students may begin.
  • The Massachusetts DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Massachusetts does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

There are no specific requirements for private school curriculum, though the approval committee does look to see that students are making academic progress comparable to the public schools.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

No state policy exists regarding teacher certification in nonpublic schools.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

There is no state law regarding length of the school year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must keep enrollment, attendance, academic, and conduct records for all enrolled students and must file a report with the local school district each year.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

All secondary schools must teach hazing prevention and file an annual report certifying it has taken place.


Transportation

Students who attend approved private schools are entitled to the same rights and privileges to transportation to and from school as are provided by law for public school students


Testing

Testing isn’t explicitly required in state law, but approval committees have used standardized testing as a criteria to determine whether the schools are comparable to public schools.

We're Proud to Help You Do the Work That Matters


Working with educators and parents is both challenging and rewarding. We'd love to work with you to help your school simplify and grow.


Learn More About Us

Massachusetts State Resources


State & Regional Associations

Read the Ultimate Guide to Starting a Private School


We've put together one of the most comprehensive guides to starting a private school. Ready to open your school? Read our free guide!


Read the Guide

Guide Quick-Nav



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.