Starting a Private School in Texas


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


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Regulations

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


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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Texas State Regulations


General Regulations


Texas State

  • There are no registration, licensing, or approval requirements, and accreditation is optional.

  • The Texas Education Agency has assembled a page of resources for private schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Texas.

  • Texas has no laws or regulations related to homeschooling. The state of Texas does not regulate, monitor, approve, register, or accredit programs available to parents who choose to homeschool their children.

  • The Texas Education Agency has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

Texas does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

The only requirement is that schools teach students good citizenship.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private schools.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Accredited private schools must meet or exceed the minimum seat time required of public schools.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must keep transcripts and provide them to the student’s new school should they choose to transfer.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must provide proof of immunization or of a medical or religious exemption.


Transportation

Transportation is not provided by the state or district, but city buses and trains are required to offer students discount fares.


Testing

Private schools can choose to optionally offer state standardized testing to students but must pay for the cost of the test.

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Texas State Resources


State & Regional Associations

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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.