Starting a Private School in Virginia


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Virginia State Regulations


General Regulations


Virginia State

  • There are no registration requirements, and accreditation, licensing and approval are optional except for schools serving students with disabilities. In this case, licensing is required.
  • The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) 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 Virginia.
  • Instruction in the home of a child or children by the parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of such child or children shall not be classified or defined as a private, denominational, or parochial school.
  • The VCPE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support


Curriculum Requirements

The commonwealth of Virginia does not require any specific curriculum for private schools.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required by the commonwealth; however, an approved accrediting association may set its own requirements for teacher credentials.

Food Services / Lunch

In Virginia, 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 at least 180 days per year.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Teachers must track and report on student attendance.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption.


Transportation

Local school districts may, though are not required to, enter into agreements with private schools to provide students transportation to and from school.


Testing

Private school students are not required to participate in state administered tests unless the student is a child with a disability who has been placed by a local school division

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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.