Private School Participation in Federal Programs
The students, parent/guardians and educators of non-profit, private and religiously-affiliated schools - approved by the Washington State Board of Education - are eligible for benefits provided through several major federal education grant programs. These equitable services can provide a valuable supplement to the core programming and professional development private schools make available.
Bulletin 003-20 - New information for 2020–21 regarding private school participation in Federal Programs.
USDA Child Nutrition Family Income Guidelines (updated 2020-21)
Sample Interlocal Agreements
- District to Out-of-District Private School
- Private School to Parents to Collect Title I Student Eligibility Information
Federal Program Descriptions
- Detailed program descriptions available to private schools for equitable services participation.
Affirmation of Consultation
- The Affirmation of Consultation (updated 2020–21) between districts and private schools, ensuring equitable services for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Complete an Affirmation of Consultation for each private school participating in federal programs under ESSA.
Title I, Part A Record of Agreed Upon Services
- This tool applies only to Title I, Part A Participation (updated 2020–21) and serves as a Record of the Agreed Upon Services, resulting from the consultation between the school district and private school. Complete this document for each private school that chooses participation in Title I, Part A.
District & Private School Directions
- Directions for participation in 2020–21 federal programs New!
- Updated directions (updated 2020–21) for private schools participating in federal programs. This reflects new ESSA requirements for districts.
Private School Application
- Districts must provide and explain these complaint procedures (updated 2020–21) to private school officials during the initial consultation process.
- Out-of-District Private School Guidance (updated 2019–20) is now available for schools. Use this tool to identify private schools that are outside of district boundaries that may be serving students from your district.
Private schools may access Title II, Part A funds for professional development that meets the needs of their teachers. Planning for this professional development occurs through a consultation process between private school and school district personnel before the school district submits its Title II, Part A application.
We also provide a free professional learning opportunity for private school educators each summer.
Private School Benefits
This is a short publication produced by the U.S. Department of Education that outlines the how equitable services must operate in Title I, II, III, IV, V and VI programs.
- Private Schools and ESSA - This resource describes ESSA and the services available to students and teachers in private schools, from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Uniform Provisions for Equitable Services
Districts that receive federal funds must provide services to eligible students and teachers in private schools. These services and benefits must be 1) delivered in a timely way, and 2) comparable to the services and benefits the district provides to the children and teachers in its public schools.
- Non-regulatory guidance - Uniform Provisions: Title IX, Part E Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, revised March 2009.
Uniform provisions cover these 3 federal programs:
- Education of Migrant Children Title I, Part C Email │ (360) 725-6147
- Teacher and Principal Quality Title II, Part A Email │ (360) 725-6340
- ELL/Emergency Immigrants Title III, Part A Email │ (360) 725-6147
Specific Provisions for Equitable Services
Every Student Succeeds Act
Non-regulatory Guidance released in 2016 covers programs included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Specifically addresses the role of the ESSA Private School Ombudsman, new reporting requirements, and calculating equitable services for Title I, A and Title II, A.
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements Under ESEA as Amended by ESSA.
Serves the unique needs of children - kindergarten to grade 12 - who struggle to learn. Contact Title I, Part A staff at OSPI.
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
In private schools, this law makes it possible for staff to participate in professional development and students to take advantage of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Contact Career and Technical Education staff at OSPI.