Starting a Private School in Ohio
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Ohio State Regulations
There are no requirements for registration, licensing or approval, but Ohio does offer charters as a form of optional accreditation to nonpublic schools.
The Ohio 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 Ohio.
Homeschooling in Ohio must be done by a parent or guardian and cannot entail enrollment in a private school.
The Ohio DOE has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.
State Funding Sources & Support
Teacher Certification & Hiring
Teachers must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Food Services / Lunch
In Ohio, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of School Year
Schools must be open the same amount of time as public schools -- 182 days per year.
Recordkeeping & Reports
A school that is non-chartered or seeking a charter from the State Board of Education due to religious beliefs must submit a report to the parents of its pupils that the school meets Ohio minimum standards for non-chartered, non-tax supported schools annually. Schools must report the names, addresses, and ages of all enrolled students.
Healthy & Safety Requirements
Monthly fire drills are required of schools enrolling 20 students or more. Nonpublic school teachers, principals and administrators may use reasonable corporal punishment whenever such punishment is reasonably necessary to preserve discipline.
Students at chartered nonpublic schools must pass the Ohio Graduation Tests to earn a high school diploma.
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