Starting a Private School in Utah


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


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Regulations

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


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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Utah State Regulations


General Regulations


Utah State

  • There are no licensing, approval, or registration requirements, and accreditation is optional.
  • The Utah State Board of Education includes regulations for private schools and home schools  the Utah Administrative Code.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Utah.
  • Families must register with the state to homeschool.
  • The Utah BOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

Students are allowed to enroll part-time at a local public school to take electives or participate in activities not offered at the private school.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private school teachers.

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

There is no state requirement for private schools’ length of the school year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must keep enrollment records and report the number of seniors attending the school to facilitate voter registration efforts.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

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


Transportation

Transportation is not provided by state or local district and all school buses must be inspected biannually.


Testing

Private school participation in state testing is optional.

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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.