Starting a Private School in Michigan


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Michigan State Regulations


General Regulations


Michigan State

  • Michigan does not require registration, and only boarding schools are required to be licensed. Accreditation is optional, but all nonpublic schools must be approved by the state.

  • The Michigan Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.

  • Homeschools can operate as nonpublic schools but must follow all of the same regulations as nonpublic schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Michigan.

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


State Funding Sources & Support

Michigan does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Nonpublic schools must provide courses of mathematics, reading, English, science, and social studies, in every grade. The successful completion of a one-semester course in civics is required prior to graduation. English must be the basic language of instruction in any nonpublic school.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is optional.

Food Services / Lunch

In Michigan, 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 are no regulations on the length of the school year of nonpublic schools.


Recordkeeping & Reports

The Michigan Department of Education annually requests information from nonpublic schools on the number of students in each grade, teacher qualifications, and courses of study offered.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must provide proof of vision testing and immunizations upon enrolling or a documented exemption based on medical or religious beliefs.


Transportation

Local school districts that provide transportation to resident pupils must provide free transportation to nonpublic school students with some limitations.


Testing

State testing is optional for nonpublic school students.

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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.