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Special Education for Private School Students

Students Placed by Parents

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law permit some special education and related services may be available for children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in nonprofit private elementary and secondary schools, including religious schools. These special education services, referred to as equitable services, differ from those available in public schools.

Children with Disabilities Enrolled by their Parents in Private Schools

This booklet explains the major topics related to special education services for children enrolled by parents in private schools. (Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Office of Non-Public Education, Washington, D.C., 2008)

Frequently Asked Questions about Serving Parentally Placed Private School Students

This set of Questions and Answers addresses technical questions about providing equitable special education services for Parentally Placed Private School Students. Topics include consultation with parents and schools, child find and evaluation, types of services, and uses of federal special education funds.

Consultation Tools

Students Placed by IEP/IFSP Teams

Oregon public school districts and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teams may place children in private schools or private preschools as a method of providing special education and related services.

Private schools providing these services to school districts and ECSE programs must meet and maintain specific state and public education standards and be approved by the Oregon Department of Education.