Starting a Private School in North Dakota


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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 Dakota State Regulations


General Regulations


North Dakota State

  • Accreditation is optional and there are no requirements for registration or licensing. All elementary and secondary schools must be approved by the superintendent of public instruction.

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

  • Homeschooled students must be taught by their parents.

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


State Funding Sources & Support

North Dakota does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

The state has extensive curriculum guidelines that are part of the approval process but include English language arts, math, social studies, including courses on US and North Dakota history and politics, science, physical education, health, fine arts, and career and technical education.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

All teachers must be licensed or certified to teach and have majored in the grade level or subject area they teach.

Food Services / Lunch

In North Dakota, 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

Students must receive at least 175 full days of instruction.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private schools must keep records and report on student age, enrollment status, and immunization records. Schools are also responsible for requesting student academic records from their previous schools.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

The school must be inspected once every 3 years by the state fire marshal. Schools are required to conduct fire, tornado, and lockdown drills. Each school must have a bullying policy in place.


Transportation

Nonpublic school students may receive transportation to school on public school buses running on public school routes if authorized by the local school board, and if passenger room is available.


Testing

Nonpublic school grade 11 students must take the ACT, including the writing test, or three WorkKeys assessments recommended by the career and technical education department and approved by the superintendent of instruction, who is responsible for the cost of securing and then administering the test.

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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.