Starting a Private School in Mississippi


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


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Regulations

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


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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Mississippi State Regulations


General Regulations


Mississippi State

  • There are no licensing or registration requirements in Mississippi. Accreditation and approval are optional.
  • The Mississippi Department of Education does not have a thorough listing of private school requirements, but does offer some information about private schools.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Mississippi.
  • Parents must submit a certificate of enrollment each year they homeschool a student.
  • The Mississippi DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

There are no specific curriculum requirements.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Accredited schools must hire certified teachers.

Food Services / Lunch

In Mississippi, 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 specific guidelines from the state.


Recordkeeping & Reports

State accredited private schools are required to submit an Annual Application Form, an Annual Compliance Report, an Annual Personnel Data Report, and a Summer School/Extended Year Report.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Church-related and private schools are exempt from Mississippi’s State Board of Health standards for preparation of food.


Transportation

There are no state policies regarding private schools and transportation.


Testing

Nonpublic schools do not participate in the statewide assessment system and are not assigned a school performance classification.

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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.