Starting a Private School

Experience for the successful start-up of your new school

Reed Sumida quoted in the CT Post.

Since 2018, we are the project lead on six new school formations including international schools, boarding schools, language immersion, and faith-based schools from ECE to 12th grade in the United States, Canada and abroad.

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
Some of Our School Formation Projects
  • Business plan development for a faith based school in New York State
  • Business Plan development for a proposed new Christian high school to open in 2023 in Wisconsin
  • Full formation services in 2022 for a special education school in Tampa, Florida
  • Full formation services in 2022 for a 9-12th grade Christian school in Los Angeles, California
  • Full formation services in 2022 for a 6th-12th grade day and boarding school Christian school in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Full formation services in 2021 for a K-8th grade STEAM school in California
  • Full formation services in 2020 for a K-8th grade school in Wisconsin
  • Full formation services in 2018 for a 6th-12th grade IB school
  • Negotiation and purchase for a 25 acre boarding school for a Chinese client
  • Formation services for a Hollywood celebrity couple’s school in Los Angeles, California
  • Location search for a Chinese/Canadian consortium’s high school
  • Full formation services in 2018 for a Mandarin/Spanish immersion school in Miami
  • Business plan development for a faith-based school in Miami
  • Business plan development for a K-12th grade school in Kuala Lumpur
  • Business plan development for a K-8th school in New York City
  • Full formation services for a school in Alabama
  • Business plan development for a school in Austin, Texas
  • Formation services for a fine arts school in Vancouver, BC
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. a ballpark estimate of the 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 email us at

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