a savvy educator with an entrepreneurial itch. You've got an
idea for an online high school, but you are just not sure where to
start. Here are five things you must know if you want to start
an online high school:
1. Not all states
require private schools to be licensed
It's true. Only some
states require private schools to be licensed. If your online school
is based in Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania or Wyoming you must be licensed.
Otherwise there is no requirement that your school be licensed.
2. You do not need to
write your own curriculum
comprehensive high school curriculum for your new online school can
be daunting. And, as it turns out, is completely unnecessary. There are plenty
of resources to purchase or leverage approved high school curriculum. By
tailoring existing curriculum to meet your school's needs you will take
advantage of some best practices and save a bunch of time.
3. Accreditation is
Your online high
school does not need to be accredited. While there are many advantages to
becoming an accredited high school, your new school won't
likely qualify until you are up and running. Advantages to becoming
accredited include ability to apply for grants and funding, marketing
designation and ability for your high school students to transfer credits to
4. A niche will help
your school stand out
One advantage that a
new online high school has is its ability to provide a unique experience
for students. Whether your school offers a specialty curriculum, unique faculty
or has an exclusive partnership, you can use it to help your school stand out.
Decide what your school will be known for, and plan your curriculum, staffing
and marketing around it.
5. Your staff might be
your secret sauce
No matter how unique
your niche, advanced your technology or well-constructed your curriculum, at
the end of the day it all comes down to your faculty. Finding and developing a
teaching staff that will carry out your vision is essential to the success of
your online high school.
Online tutoring provider TutaPoint provides online schools with synchronous support, offering students a live, one-on-one component to their coursework.