School Start Tips

At Alpha Omega Publications, we know the challenges you face when starting a Christian school. The following steps are a very brief summary designed to help guide you through the process. Our mission is to provide the best resources to help make your Christian school a success. To receive a school development kit, please contact Alpha Omega Publications.

1. Be certain of God's will.
  • Pray fervently. Satan hates the idea of children being under the influence of God's Word every day. He will try to stop you by discouraging you.
  • View the video entitled, "Why Christian Education?", which is produced by Alpha Omega Publications. (Other messages on Christian Education are included in the School Development Kit.)
2. Seek Information.
  • Contact your AOP representative to request an information packet.
3. Schedule a presentation.
  • Call (toll-free) 877-688-2652 to arrange for your regional AOP Representative to give an onsite presentation of the AOP program.
  • Schedule a meeting with all interested parents.
4. Visit a school recommended by your AOP Representative.
  • As God leads, sign and return the School Application.
  • Purchase the School Development Kit (SDK) from AOP.
  • If you choose to implement the Switched-On Schoolhouse electronic curriculum, review, complete, and submit the Site License to AOP.
  • Purchase the Staff DVD Training Kit and contact your AOP Regional Representative for further training options.
6. Assess your technology needs.
  • Determine your network operating system, software licenses, number of workstations, and cabling.
  • Complete the Technology Development Survey and Technology Review Questionnaire (available in the SDK).
  • Begin working on the Start-Up timeline from the SDK.
  • Secure operating systems for all computers.
7. Share your vision and begin raising funds.
  • Set up a Finance Development Committee.
  • Determine the amounts needed for preparation of your facility and implementation of your technology plan.
  • Review and adjust your budget plans.
  • Develop a fundraising plan from the Fundraising Ideas section of the SDK.
  • As you present the needs of the school to your constituency each week, encourage and allow individuals to donate.
8. Develop your school philosophy and policies.
  • What will be the mission of your school? Review examples and suggestions of policies such as: qualifications for admission, graduation requirements, and academic standards.
9. Finalize an Operating Policy.
  • Thoroughly review the General Operating Policy Guide in the SDK and begin preparing the following from the templates provided on the SDK CD-ROM.
    • All operating policies
    • A sample budget
    • School enrollment package
    • School form
10. Prepare your facility.
  • Fulfill all fire, safety, and asbestos inspections in accordance with your local code.
  • Build or purchase student workstations.
  • Install electrical and set up network.
  • Procure other school furnishings.
11. Finalize your working budget.
  • Determine "ballpark" figures for what you can pay staff.
  • Determine what you will have to charge for tuition to cover staff salaries and overhead.
  • Determine what fees will be necessary to cover curriculum and other start up costs.
  • Review your financial plan with the Finance Development Committee.
12. Promote the school and register students.
  • Develop promotional brochures and flyers.
  • Prepare and submit an announcement to your local newspaper.
  • Create a radio advertisement.
  • Plan a community drive to promote in local stores and churches. Build enthusiasm for God's great new work. AOP has provided templates for brochures, forms, and promotional materials in the SDK.
  • Prepare enrollment packs.
13. Hire and train your school staff.
  • Interview prospective staff and prayerfully consider those character qualities you feel each of you staff should possess.
  • Train staff in using personalized and computerized curriculum.
  • Follow AOP suggestions for staff orientation.
  • Review the staff handbook will all staff.
14. Review your financial projections.
  • Reconsider projected enrollment and staff needs.
  • Salaries and all other costs.
  • Finalize the operating budget for the first year.
15. Prepare your curriculum.
  • If you will be using LIFEPAC curriculum, order diagnostic testing.
  • If using electronic curriculum, install the Switched-On Schoolhouse subjects on the school network server.
16. Diagnose for student academic needs.
  • Schedule and administer student diagnostic testing.
  • Review Diagnosis and Prescription PowerPoint.
  • Prescribe SOS curriculum units for each student.
17. Order your paper-based curriculum.
  • Review your first order with your AOP Representative. Place the final paper curriculum order at least three weeks before students will arrive.
18. Prepare staff for the opening day of school.
  • Prepare and review the first day's schedule.
  • Discuss the student handbook together.
  • Assign various parts of student orientation to selected staff members.
19. Prepare parent orientation.
  • Parents must understand the philosophy, procedures, and policies of your Christian school.
  • Customize the LIFEPAC parent orientation to meet your needs.
  • Customize the LIFEPAC parent PowerPoint.
20. Plan a dedication service.
  • Plan details for your Prayer and Dedication Service.
  • Invite parents, students, and community leaders to participate.
21. Open your school and begin making a huge difference in the lives of precious children entrusted to your care.