Starting a Private School in West Virginia


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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


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West Virginia State Regulations


General Regulations


West Virginia State

  • In West Virginia, nonpublic schools are classified as either exemption (b) or exemption (k). Exemption (b) schools operate based on agreement with the county in which they are located. Exemption (k) schools operate based on compliance with WV Code §18-28.

  • Licensing is not required. Approval is optional and only relates to exemption (b) schools. Registration is optional only for exemption (b) nonpublic schools. Registration is required for exemption (k) schools. Accreditation is optional for all schools.

  • The West Virginia Department of Education has little in the way of detailed requirements for private schools but you can access the state statutes for more information.

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

  • West Virginia does not recognize home schools as private schools.

  • The West Virginia DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.


State Funding Sources & Support

West Virginia does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools.

Food Services / Lunch

In West 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

“Approved” private and parochial schools serving students in lieu of public school must be open for a time equal to the county school term. Private, parochial or church schools that are “registered” must observe a minimum instructional term of 180 days with an average of five hours of instruction per day.


Recordkeeping & Reports

“Approved” exemption (b) private and parochial schools serving students in lieu of public school are required to furnish county boards of education any information and records requested regarding attendance, instruction, and progress of pupils under 17 years of age. All schools must keep student attendance records.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

County boards of education may provide screening tests for vision, hearing, speech and language disabilities upon request for children entering nonpublic schools.


Transportation

County boards of education have the authority to provide at public expense transportation for all school age children who live more than two miles distance from school.


Testing

Registered private, parochial and church schools, exemption (k) schools, shall administer a standardized test on an annual basis to every child registered between the ages six and 17 years

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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.