Nonpublic Schools

DC children and youth with qualifying developmental delays and disabilities, ages 3-21, are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. 

Special education  and related services are provided as part of child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) , which defines a student’s education goals and details the supports and accommodations they will receive in the classroom, at no cost to cost to the parent.

When a Local Education Agency (LEA) cannot meet the needs of a child with disabilities, the child may be placed by the LEA or by legal order in a separate nonpublic special education program. Placement in a separate school of this type is more restrictive than placement in public school.

Nonpublic School Profiles

Nonpublic School Profiles are annual snapshots of important programmatic and performance information about day and residential nonpublic school programs providing services to DC students with qualifying disabilities.

About Nonpublic School Information

Nonpublic schools are regulated and monitored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) under the authority of the Placement of Students with Disabilities in Nonpublic Schools Act.

Data sources include OSSE’s Special Education Data System (SEDS), the Billing and Invoice Tracking System for Special Education (BITSSE), the System of Accounting and Reporting (SOAR), the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLED), Certificate of Approval (COA) application information and other related State-level databases and nonpublic school-reported data.