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Policy & Funding

Private School Participation in Federal Programs

State Approval for Private Schools

Only state-approved private schools are eligible for equitable services.

U.S. Dept. of Education

Office of Non-Public Education
Liaison to the non-public school community for the U.S. Department of Education

Contact Information

Title I, Part A


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.

Webinar - March 2, 2020

USDA Child Nutrition Family Income Guidelines (updated 2020-21)

Sample Interlocal Agreements

Sample Letters

Federal Program Descriptions

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

Private School Application

Complaint Procedures

  • Districts must provide and explain these complaint procedures (updated 2020–21) to private school officials during the initial consultation process.

Out-of-District Schools

Professional Development

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.

Participation Guidelines | Summer Conference | Clock Hour Training Proposal


    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:

    Specific Provisions for Equitable Services

      Title I, Part A
      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.