Starting a Private School in Nebraska


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Nebraska State Regulations


General Regulations


Nebraska State

  • In Nebraska, a nonpublic school must be (a) accredited; (b) approved; or (c) receive an exemption from the Commissioner of Education from the requirements for the operation of approved private schools.
  • The Nebraska Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.
  • In Nebraska, “home schools” are referred to as exempt schools and are considered private non-approved and non-accredited schools.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Nebraska.
  • The Nebraska DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Nebraska does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Accredited and approved schools must have certified teachers. Schools that are not accredited or approved do not have to have certified teachers, but do need to be able to prove subject area competence through some other means.

Food Services / Lunch

In Nebraska, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.


Length of School Year

A school year must be no less than 1,032 instructional hours for elementary school and 1,080 instructional hours for high school. Kindergarten’s school term must be at least 400 clock hours.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must maintain student enrollment and attendance records. These reports must be passed along to the state each year.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Schools must get immunization records or documentation of medical or religious exemption from all students. Approved or accredited schools must conduct monthly fire drills.


Transportation

School boards providing transportation for children attending public schools must also provide transportation on the regular public school bus routes without cost for children attending nonprofit private schools within the district


Testing

Accredited and approved schools are required to administer a standardized norm-referenced test in at least one grade in each of the following three levels: grades four to six, grades seven to nine, and grades 10 to 12.

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Guide Quick-Nav



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.