Starting a Private School in Oregon

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Oregon State Regulations

General Regulations

Oregon State

  • There are no accreditation requirements and only residential schools are required to be licensed. Private alternative schools, a special type of private school in Oregon, must be both approved and registered in order to receive funding.

  • The Oregon 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 Oregon.

  • There are few homeschool restrictions, but all homeschool students must take periodic comprehensive exams to ensure they are making academic progress.

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

State Funding Sources & Support

Oregon does not provide funding for private education except in the case of “private alternative schools,” which is a special type of private school that must be approved and registered with the state. These specific schools can receive public school funding.

Curriculum Requirements

Students are expected to have a course of study similar to what is usually taught in the public school. Private alternative schools have additional curriculum requirements aimed at assisting at-risk students.

Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teachers are not required to be certified.

Food Services / Lunch

In Oregon, 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 an equivalent amount of time as public school.

Recordkeeping & Reports

Private elementary and secondary schools must transfer student progress records within 10 days of being notified of the student’s enrollment in another school. Private alternative schools must report annually on each student’s academic progress, including the results of the state assessment, to students, parents and the school district.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized before enrolling of show documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Private schools must provide instruction in exiting the building in an emergency and seeking shelter in case of an earthquake. Schools must conduct at least two earthquake drills and two safety threats drills a year, as well as drills on fires. Schools in coastal zones must conduct at least three drills on earthquakes and tsunamis each year.


All children attending private or parochial schools under the compulsory school attendance laws are entitled to transportation along or near the designated routes when the district provides transportation for public school students.


Students enrolled in private alternative schools must take the statewide assessment developed by the Oregon Department of Education.

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Oregon State Resources

State & Regional Associations

  • Oregon Federation of Independent Schools: OFIS works to ensure that Oregon private schools are able to operate with a minimum of government influence or control so that parents can choose from a wide range of educational options for their children.

  • 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.

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Introduction to Starting a School


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


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


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


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


What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.