Starting a Private School in Minnesota


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Minnesota State Regulations


General Regulations


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  • Accreditation is optional in Minnesota and  licensing, approval, and registration are not required.
  • The Minnesota 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 Minnesota.
  • Homeschooling requires annual reporting and teachers must meet minimum qualifications.
  • The Minnesota DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Minnesota does not provide funding for private education but does offer tax credits for qualified educational expenses, which private school tuition falls under.


Curriculum Requirements

Minnesota’s compulsory education law requires instruction in 1) basic communication skills, including reading, writing, literature, and fine arts; 2) mathematics and science; 3) social studies, including history, geography, and government; and 4) health and physical education.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is optional.

Food Services / Lunch

In Minnesota, 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.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Nonpublic schools must submit to the local superintendent each school year the name, age, and address of each child receiving instruction. In addition, schools not accredited must also report the name of each instructor and evidence of their qualifications; and they must make available documentation that the requisite subjects are being taught and provide class schedules, materials for instruction, and descriptions of methods used to assess student achievement.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must also host fire, lockdown, and tornado drills throughout the school year.


Transportation

A school district eligible to receive state aid for transportation must provide equal transportation within the district for all school children to any school when transportation is necessary because of distance or traffic conditions.


Testing

Students at non-accredited schools are required to take annual standardized tests to ensure academic progress is being made.

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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.