Starting a Private School in Maine


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Maine State Regulations


General Regulations


Maine State

  • Maine has no requirements for school registration, accreditation, or licensing.
  • All schools must be approved for attendance requirements through either independent accreditation, or through applying through the state.
  • The Maine Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
  • Groups of homeschooled students, not individual homeschooled students, can be organized, and that organization may then qualify, under Maine law, as a private or church school. This type of organization is a legitimate alternative for a group of homeschooled students.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Maine.
  • The Maine DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Maine does not provide funding for private education except in school districts where no public schools exist. In these instances, the district pays for students to attend private school instead.


Curriculum Requirements


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teachers must be certified unless the school is accredited by an outside agency.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Schools must have at least 175 school days per year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Principals must report to the state twice a year with student enrollment data. Additionally, schools must maintain student attendance and immunization data.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation from a doctor or parent that they are asking for an exemption.


Transportation

Municipalities can provide transportation to students of non-profit private schools.


Testing

Schools that enroll more than 60% publicly funded students must participate in state 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.