Starting a Private School in Vermont


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

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


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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Vermont State Regulations


General Regulations


Vermont State

  • Schools must be approved or recognized by the state.
  • The Vermont Agency 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 Vermont.
  • Homeschooling is an educational program offered through home study that provides a minimum course of study and is offered to children residing in that home and to two or fewer children from one family not living in the home.
  • The Vermont AOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

Vermont provides funding for private education but only to independent schools in instances where there are no public schools in the district.


Curriculum Requirements

Approved and recognized nonpublic schools must provide a minimum course of study in the following fields: basic communication, including reading, writing, and the use of numbers; citizenship, history, and government in Vermont and the United States; physical education and comprehensive health education; English, American, and other literature; the natural sciences; and the fine arts.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teachers at approved schools need to hold “a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in their field of instruction or substantially equivalent time in training and experience in their field of instruction.”

Food Services / Lunch

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


Length of School Year

Students must attend school a minimum of 175 days.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must report their approval/recognition status to parents each year and must provide names and addresses of enrolled students to the secretary of education annually.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Schools must hold monthly fire drills.


Transportation

Each legal pupil entitled or required to attend an elementary or a secondary school may be furnished with total or partial transportation to school if the board of school directors decides it is reasonable and necessary to enable him or her to attend school.


Testing

Schools receiving public funding must administer state standardized tests.

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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.