Starting a Private School in Pennsylvania


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


Resources

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


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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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Pennsylvania State Regulations


General Regulations


Pennsylvania State

  • Pennsylvania mandates licensing for K─12 private academic schools, except schools owned or operated by or under the authority of bona fide religious institutions, schools that are owned by colleges or universities, schools for the blind or deaf receiving Commonwealth appropriations, or schools accredited by accrediting associations approved by the state board of education. Religious-based schools are required to be registered with the state instead. All schools can choose to be accredited in lieu of meeting other requirements.
  • The Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.
  • Homeschooling must be done by a parent, guardian or licensed tutor.
  • The Pennsylvania 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

Religious schools do not need to employ licensed teachers, but other schools must.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

School must be in session a minimum of 180 days.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must report names, addresses, and attendance information for all students attending the school.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of exemption. Schools must have monthly fire drills.


Transportation

Local school boards that provide transportation for public school students to school must provide identical transportation services for nonpublic school students enrolled in nonprofit schools within the district boundaries or outside the district boundaries at a distance not exceeding 10 miles by the nearest public highway.


Testing

There is no state testing policy.

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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.