Starting a Private School in North Carolina


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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North Carolina State Regulations


General Regulations


North Carolina State

  • There are no licensing requirements and accreditation and approval are optional. All schools must be registered with the state, however.

  • The North Carolina Department of Administration 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 North Carolina.

  • A ‘home school’ means a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.

  • The North Carolina DOA has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

There are no curriculum requirements for nonpublic schools.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required of nonpublic schools.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Attendance at an approved nonpublic school must be for a period equal to the time the local public school is in session.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must notify the state of intent to operate, the name and address of the school, and the name of the school’s owner and chief administrator. They must also record and maintain annual attendance and disease immunization records for each student, as well as standardized test scores.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Private church schools or schools of religious charter and qualifying nonpublic schools are subject to the state requirements respecting fire, safety, sanitation, and immunization. Students must be vaccinated or provide documentation of a religious or medical exemption. Fire drills must be conducted once per month.


Transportation

Students with special needs may be transported by public school buses to and from the nearest appropriate private school having a special education program.


Testing

Private church schools or schools of religious charter, and other qualified nonpublic schools must administer a nationally standardized test to students in grades three, six, and nine at least once each school year. The test must measure achievement in English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics.

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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

Thinking about more than just a student handbook and conduct code, we've included recommendations & templates to help you develop your school policies & procedures


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.