Starting a Private School in New Mexico


Regulations, Resources, & Support

Our team has curated the best resources and information available about starting a private school in New Mexico. Enjoy!


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Regulations

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


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 Mexico State Regulations


General Regulations


New Mexico State

  • Accreditation by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is optional. Licensing, approval, and registration are not required.

  • The US Department of Education has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools in New Mexico.

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

  • The New Mexico Public Education Department defines a “home school” as a home study program of instruction operated by a parent, guardian, or other person having custody and control of a school-age person that provides a basic academic educational program.

  • The New Mexico PED has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

New Mexico does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

The state has the authority to approve courses of instruction but doesn’t have any specific requirements.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

There’s no policy on teacher certification for private schools.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Students must attend school for the same amount of time that school is in session in the district in which they reside.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must report on the immunization status of all students and track and report on attendance issues.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of medical or religious exemptions. Fire drills must take place once per month.


Transportation

No state policy exists.


Testing

There is no state policy on testing.

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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.