Starting a Private School in Rhode Island


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Rhode Island State Regulations


General Regulations


Rhode Island State

  • There are no accreditation or licensing requirements but all schools must be registered and approved.
  • The Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.
  • Homeschooling requirements are done on a local level and those interested should contact their local district for information.
  • The Rhode Island DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

 In Rhode Island the Corporate Scholarship Tax Credit Program provides tax credits to corporations that contribute to Scholarship Organizations (SOs). Scholarships are available to low-income students to attend private schools.


Curriculum Requirements


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Certification is not required for private school teachers. In general, teachers are expected to maintain and develop up-to-date competencies with appropriate professional development in the content area or grade levels they teach. All teachers in private schools must have a national and state criminal records check.

Food Services / Lunch

In Rhode Island, 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 at least 180 days per year and a school day must consist of at least 5.5 hours of instructional time.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private school teachers must keep a register of the names of all students, their sex and age, names of parents or guardians, the time when each student enters and leaves the school, and their daily attendance.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide proof of a medical or religious exemption. A minimum of 15 fire drills must take place each year.


Transportation

Rhode Island is divided into five regional transportation areas. Districts must provide transportation for private school students within the district and within the region if no other similar school operates within the district.


Testing

Private school students’ participation in state testing is voluntary.

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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.