Starting a Private School in Oklahoma
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Oklahoma State Regulations
There are no registration, licensing, or approval requirements, but the state offers optional accreditation.
The Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.
Oklahoma does not have laws governing homeschooling.
The Oklahoma 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 hold a bachelor's degree and meet the Oklahoma standards of certification.
Food Services / Lunch
In Oklahoma, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.
Length of School Year
Students must attend school for 1,080 hours per school year, with school days consisting of at least 6 hours of school activities.
Recordkeeping & Reports
Schools must keep and report on student attendance data.
Healthy & Safety Requirements
District buses cannot be used to transport students to parochial schools.
There is no state policy on testing.
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