Private School Tuition Reimbursement

Private School Tuition Reimbursement

  • Every public school, including public charter schools, is required to offer a FAPE to the children with disabilities in its jurisdiction.
  • This can also include children who are not currently enrolled in the public school.
  • If a public school cannot meet the needs of a particular student, it is the responsibility of the public school to place the child in an appropriate private school.
  • An appropriate private school may be a local day school that specializes in serving students with particular disabilities and can also include private residential schools and therapeutic boarding schools.
  • If a public school fails to offer a student a FAPE, and the parent is forced to withdraw the student and enroll him or her in a private school, the parent can seek tuition reimbursement from the public school.
  • There are particular requirements for seeking this reimbursement that are outlined in your Parents Rights Handbook.

 

Common issues we see arise related to Private School Tuition Reimbursement:

  • Failing to provide appropriate placements to students with significant mental health issues;
  • Failing to identify students with significant mental health issues as students with disabilities and, instead, providing homebound services for medical issues;
  • Parents who are unaware that they can request a private placement;
  • Refusing to create an IEP for a student who is not enrolled; and
  • Parents who are unaware their children may be eligible for tuition reimbursement.