Starting a Private School in Nevada


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Nevada State Regulations


General Regulations


Nevada State

  • All private schools must be licensed by the state, but accreditation is optional. Registration and approval are not required.

  • The Nevada 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 Nevada.

  • Parents must notify the district that they will be homeschooling and provide an academic plan for their student.

  • The Nevada DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

Nevada does not provide funding for private education, but does offer a tax credit for donating to private school scholarship funds, which are distributed by several private organizations.


Curriculum Requirements

Private schools must provide instruction for private school students in the subjects required by law for public school students, either under the prescribed regular state courses or through courses prepared by private schools and approved by the state board of education.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Licensed schools must have teachers who are either certified, hold a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of teaching experience, or hold a master’s degree and have 1 year of teaching experience.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

The school year must be at least 180 days.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private schools are required to furnish periodic reports of enrollment, attendance and general progress within each school to the superintendent of public instruction.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must perform monthly fire drills.


Transportation

School districts with less than 100,000 in population who provide transportation for public school students may also provide transportation for resident students attending nonprofit private schools on established public school bus routes.


Testing

There are no state regulations regarding testing.

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Nevada State Resources


State & Regional Associations

  • Northwest Association of Independent Schools: A nonprofit membership association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Nevada Homeschool Network: NHN advocates for the fundamental right of parents to direct the education their own children as they see fit.

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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

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.