Starting a Private School in Oklahoma


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


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Regulations

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


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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Oklahoma State Regulations


General Regulations


Oklahoma State

  • 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


Curriculum Requirements


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

Students must be immunized or show proof of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must provide an anti-hazing policy to all students. A concealed or unconcealed weapon may be carried onto private school property or in any school bus or vehicle used by any private school for transportation of students or teachers by a person who is licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, provided a policy permitting such weapons has been adopted by the school.


Transportation

District buses cannot be used to transport students to parochial schools.


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.