Starting a Private School in Virginia
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Our team has curated the best resources and information available about starting a private school in Virginia. Enjoy!
We’ve curated the laws and regulations about starting a private school in Virginia.
What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?
See what else you need to know about starting a private school. From your curriculum to your marketing, and everything in-between.
Virginia State Regulations
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
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
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.
Local school districts may, though are not required to, enter into agreements with private schools to provide students transportation to and from school.
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
Virginia State Resources
State & Regional Associations
Virginia Association of Independent Schools: a nonprofit membership association that provides services to 95 independent private schools across Virginia, which serve more than 30,000 students in grades PreKindergarten-12.
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS): The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.
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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.
There’s plenty you can do to develop your own brand, starting right from your personal ideals and goals for your school.
Our curriculum pages include ideas on where to go to find materials, and different associations and educational models you may want to consider.
You need to know the requirements at both the federal level and for your state. Here are the basic details for every state.
Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.
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.
What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.
How can you find and recruit the right talent for your school? What qualifications or certifications are required?
Thinking about more than just a student handbook and conduct code, we've included recommendations & templates to help you develop your school policies & procedures