Herzog Foundation's Christian School Startup Accelerator has ended
Interested in starting a Christian School in your community? Whether you’re just dreaming about it or already taking steps to start a Christian school, this event is designed for you. At this 2-day conference we will take you from "I want to start a Christian school" to actually knowing the next steps to launch!

Join the Herzog Foundation, other school founders, and expert coaches for an event that will catalyze Christian school launches across the country!

Types of schools served:
- Hybrid Homeschools
- Classical Christian Schools
- Traditional 5-day Christian Schools
- Pod or Micro Schools
- Church or Independent

Types of leaders served:
- Future School Founders who are dreaming about starting a school (Level 1)
- Current School Founders who are already taking steps to launch your school (Level 2+)

It is free to register. Attendees are expected to cover all travel and accommodation costs as well as dinner expenses. All other event costs are covered by the Herzog Foundation. School startups must be located in the US.
Auditorium 800 [clear filter]
Monday, August 22

10:45am EDT

BREAKOUT 1 | Your Team & Process (Level 2+)
In this session we explore the process to start a school. Who do you need on your team, how do you assess the local market and your leadership needs. The goal of this session is for you to understand the roadmap of launching your school and the personal/relational assets you’ll need to get there.

"Level 2" means you have already begun taking steps to launch your school.

Monday August 22, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Auditorium 800

1:15pm EDT

BREAKOUT 2 | Your Core Identity (5-Day)
In this session, we explore how to determine your core identity as a Christian school. We will cover the importance of your Mission and Vision Statement which has implications for the values you set as an organization. These three critical identifiers of your organization will help you filter through priorities that you would like to set up at the start of your school journey versus those that are goals for down the road. The goal of this session is for you to understand what makes a good Mission/Vision/Values statement for your context and style of school and know how that guides your decision making processes through the startup journey.

Monday August 22, 2022 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Auditorium 800

2:45pm EDT

BREAKOUT 3 | Your Legal & Governance Structure (Independent)
In this session we will explore what it takes to set up and protect your school’s legal structure. We will explore the role of the board (or church governing body), benefits and processes to establish your 501c3, and best practices to ensure religious liberty protections for your entity. The goal of this session is for you to understand what your school type needs as it pertains to legal governance and bylaws.

Monday August 22, 2022 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT
Auditorium 800
Tuesday, August 23

9:30am EDT

BREAKOUT 4 | Your Finances (Level 2+)
In this session we will explore best practices in business models and budgets. How do you establish a budget, what costs do you need to consider, what are tested tuition models? The goal of this session is for you to know what to look at when establishing your business model and budget for the first 1-3 years of operation.  

"Level 2" means you have already begun taking steps to launch your school.

Tuesday August 23, 2022 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Auditorium 800

11:00am EDT

BREAKOUT 5 | Your Operations (5-Day)
In this session, we discuss the backend needs of a school startup from admissions processes to feedback loops to technology. In light of the budgeting conversation and your school type, we will help you know what to look into when it comes to the real needs of your school initially and down the road. The goal of this session is for you to understand the operational pieces required for your school startup launch.

Tuesday August 23, 2022 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Auditorium 800

1:30pm EDT

BREAKOUT 6 | Your Critical Relationships (Independent)
In this final session, we will explore the most important relationships at your school: that of your leadership team and that of community. Christian school startups will succeed or fail based on the strength of relationships. The goal of this session is for the startup leadership team to plan for the spiritual development of leaders and understand the vitality of understanding your community.

Tuesday August 23, 2022 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Auditorium 800
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