AOPSE, 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.
For complete school development kits or a free AOP catalog
please contact us above.
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
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
|Schedule a meeting with all interested parents.|
|Review a projected development plan with your AOP
Representative. Ask questions about state regulations
regarding private schools, fire and health codes, teachers,
curriculum, required number of school days, hours per day,
4. Visit a school recommended
by your AOP Representative.
|Allow your AOP Representative to arrange for you and other
key leaders to see how the high-tech AOP program operates in
|Give each of your staff an opportunity to work through the
Switched-On Schoolhouse curriculum in a "hands-on"
5. Finalize your commitment.
|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
|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
|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
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
|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|
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
|Determine "ballpark" figures for what you can
|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
12. Promote the school and
|Develop promotional brochures and flyers.|
|Prepare and submit an announcement to your local
|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
|Interview prospective staff and prayerfully consider those
character qualities you feel each of you staff should
|Train staff in using personalized and computerized
|Follow AOP suggestions for staff orientation.|
|Review the staff handbook will all staff.|
14. Review your financial
|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
|If using electronic curriculum, install the Switched-On
Schoolhouse subjects on the school network server.|
16. Diagnose for student
|Schedule and administer student diagnostic testing.|
|Review Diagnosis and Prescription PowerPoint.|
|Prescribe SOS curriculum units for each student.|
17. Order your paper-based
|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
19. Prepare parent
|Parents must understand the philosophy, procedures, and
policies of your Christian school.|
|Customize the LIFEPAC parent orientation to meet your
|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
21. Open your school and begin
making a huge difference in the lives of precious children
entrusted to your care.