Starting a Private School in New Jersey


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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New Jersey State Regulations


General Regulations


New Jersey State

  • Registration is required for all private schools. Accreditation, licensing, and approval are not required.
  • The New Jersey Department of Education 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 New Jersey.
  • Homeschools are treated separately from nonpublic schools and require that parents inform the local district of their intent to homeschool.
  • The New Jersey DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

New Jersey does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

New Jersey requires that curriculum at private schools is equivalent to that of the public schools.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

No state policy exists.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

There is no state policy about length of school year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private schools must annually report statistics relating to the conduct of the institution as required by the commissioner.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Schools must keep and maintain epinephrine injectors, a nebulizer, and an AED for use in student or staff emergencies. Schools must also perform one fire drill and one emergency lock down drill per month.


Transportation

Pupils attending nonprofit, nonpublic schools not more than 20 miles from their residence are entitled to transportation if the school district provides transportation for public school pupils.


Testing

No state policy exists.

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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.