Starting a Private School in South Carolina


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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South Carolina State Regulations


General Regulations


South Carolina State

  • There are no registration or licensing requirements, but all schools must either be accredited or approved by the state.
  • The South Carolina Department of Education has assembled a page of requirements for private schools.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in South Carolina.
  • Parents may homeschool their children or participate in a homeschool organization of fewer than 50 students.
  • The South Carolina DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

No state policy exists.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

No state policy exists.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

No state policy exists.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Private schools must report on request to the local superintendent of education the following information: 1) the number of students receiving instruction; 2) the number of students in regular attendance; 3) the number of teachers employed; and 4) such other facts demonstrating the grade and amount of educational work done in the private school.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide proof of exemption.


Transportation

School buses owned and operated by private schools or under contract for a private school must conform to state laws and regulations of the South Carolina Board of Education.


Testing

There is no testing policy at this time.

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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.