Starting a Private School in Montana


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Montana State Regulations


General Regulations


Montana State

  • There are no requirements for licensing, approval, or registration. Accreditation is optionally available.
  • The Montana Office of Public Instruction 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 Montana.
  • Homeschooling has to be instructed by a parent or step-parent. Other arrangements would fall under nonpublic instruction.
  • The Montana OPI has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Montana does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Schools are required to offer the same basic subjects as required by public schools.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

A Montana educator license is required for all administrators, specialists, and instructors working in an accredited Montana school.

Food Services / Lunch

In Montana, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Office of Public Instruction.


Length of School Year

The school year must consist of the same number of instructional hours as public schools.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must maintain student registration and attendance information.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a religious or medical exemption. Schools must hold at least 8 disaster drills each year.


Transportation

Nonpublic school students may ride a public school bus if there is seating capacity available and the child secures a permit from the local school district. The school district may charge the child his or her proportionate share of the cost of operating the school bus.


Testing

There is no testing policy currently in place.

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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.