Starting a Private School



ISPG and its Associates provides school start up services to private and independent schools throughout North America. Our experience of helping numerous other founders form their schools guides us in understanding the critical functions of starting a school and will provide you and your group with the strategies and tactics that will contribute to making your project:

  • financially viable
  • void of costly errors and missteps
  • on time and on budget
  • stay within the financial reach of the founders
  • exceed the expectations of the community
  • a long-term legacy of the founders' vision

The first step is to request an Introductory Market Evaluation from ISPG.

This report will include:

  1. specific information around licensing
  2. accreditation
  3. state requirements
  4. an estimate of cost to start the school
  5. timing of the school opening and
  6. what additional resources you may require to be successful

We will forward to you a questionnaire for you to complete from which we will draw some of the necessary information to complete and deliver the report to you.

The cost for this initial vital step is $1,500.00. To order one for your proposed new school click here.


ISPG Quick Tip - If you want to significantly increase the likelihood of making your school dream
a reality, the first stage of your school formation has to have these three vital components:

  1. A vision for the school shared by others who will dedicate their time and energy within your founding group.
  2. Financial resources sufficient to fund the development of your school's business and financial plan.
  3. A driving passion that will see you through the challenging process of achieving your objective.


Whether you are looking to start a pre-school, grade school or vocational/career school, ISPG Associates have real world experience based in our vast educational and business sector experiences. 

The following are services provided by ISPG for new school formation. ISPG Associates have been instrumental in the formation of numerous new private and independent schools throughout North America.

Business Related Services

  • Defining the true vision and mission
  • Establishing the legal entity by which the school will operate;
  • Establishing a school governance and reporting committee structure based on the vision and values of the founders which may include a School Society Constitution and By-Laws;
  • Creating a three year strategic Business Plan;
    • creating a strategic financial plan including
    • requirements for investment capital, working capital and cash flows for the first three years;
  • Creating a three year strategic marketing strategy to drive enrolment;
  • Oversight of an application for Charitable status (if applicable) for purposes of issuing donation receipts:
  • Design of an identity package, including website, brochure, logo, motto, crest, slogan and uniform concept;
  • Property procurement/site development
  • Lease negotiations
  • Admissions Office
  • Advancement/Development Office
  • Administrative Office
  • Finance Office
  • HR department
  • IT planning and setup
  • Policies and procedures
  • Enrollment Management - Student recruitment, retention, and marketing strategy;
  • Procurement of project financing
  • Market research
  • Tuition and fee schedules
  • Financial Aid/Indexed Tuition platform

Education Related Services

  • Registration and licensing;
  • Curriculum and program development;
  • Student and faculty assessment;
  • Timetabling;
  • Advertising for, evaluating and interviewing teaching staff, administrative and other staff;
  • Development of the ideal organizational chart;
  • Development of appropriate job descriptions;
  • Sourcing and supervising procurement of equipment;
  • Recruiting, supervising, supporting and evaluating the Head of School (the "Head");
  • Policies and procedures;
  • Student, parent, and teacher handbooks;
  • Assisting the Client to ensure that the School:
    • meets the requirements of the legislation applicable for the opening of the School; and
    • is able to provide an education to students which meets the requirements of the local governmental jurisdiction;
  • Accreditation
  • Student record keeping;
  • Professional development strategy


Call or email to discuss your vision for a new school.  1-800-884-0989

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