Starting a Private School in Maryland


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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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Maryland State Regulations


General Regulations


Louisiana State

  • Maryland has no accreditation requirements.

  • Schools operated by a religious organization need only to register with the state — they are exempt from approval requirements. Otherwise, schools must receive approval from the state, based on condition of facilities, curriculum and admissions requirements. Based on the approval process, Maryland classifies its schools as 13A.09.09 (private funded) or 13A.09.10 (special needs) schools.

  • The Maryland 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 Maryland.

  • Homeschool students must be supervised by a local public or private school.

  • The Maryland DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

Maryland does not provide funding for private education, except in 13A.09.10 schools.


Curriculum Requirements

Nonpublic schools must offer math, language arts, social studies (including US History) and science.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

13A.09.09 schools must hire teachers with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. 13A.09.10 schools must hire certified teachers.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

13A.09.09 schools must have a minimum of 170 school days per year. 13A.09.10 schools must have 180 school days per year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

All schools must  reapply annually for approval and include student enrollment records and attendance information. Secondary schools must also keep transcripts for students and transfer student records as needed.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

The county health departments will provide vision and hearing screenings to all students. Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption.


Transportation

Tax-exempt private schools who operate their own buses are exempt from paying taxes on the title/registration of school vehicles.


Testing

13A.09.09 schools are not required to offer state testing, while 13A.09.10 schools must.

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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.