Starting a Private School in New York


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


Resources

What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?


Starting a School Guide

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 York State Regulations


General Regulations


New York State

  • There are no accreditation or licensing requirements and registration and recognition are optional, depending on the governing structure of the school.
  • The New York State Education Department 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 York.
  • Homeschool families must register with the state, provide a plan of study, and give quarterly reports on student progress.
  • The New York Education Department has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

New York provides funding for private education in the form of reimbursements to nonpublic schools for providing state testing, using state-wide attendance reporting systems, and other costs incurred as part of following state guidelines.


Curriculum Requirements


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Instruction must only be given by a competent teacher, though the statute does not specify what that entails.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

School must be in session 180 days per year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Nonpublic schools must provide a comprehensive assessment report for the three school years prior to the reporting school year. The report must include student test data, student enrollment, data on diplomas and certificates, information on the number of students transferred to alternative high schools, high school equivalency preparation programs, and additional information the chief administrative office of the nonpublic school finds relevant or the commissioner requests.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized unless they have documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must perform 12 fire drills per school year.


Transportation

Non-city school districts are required to provide transportation for students living up to 15 miles from their school.


Testing

Students are required to take state exams.

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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.