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Guidance: Title I, Services in Private Schools

2013-14 Consolidated Application guidance for Title I Services for Students in Nonprofit Private Schools.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title I, Part A, Section 1120 requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to provide supplemental educational services to eligible students attending private schools. These services must be equitable to the services provided for students in public schools. The specific requirements are stated in the Legal Assurances, under ESEA, Participation of Private Nonprofit School Students. Additional information is available in the “Title I Services to Eligible Private School Children Non-Regulatory Guidance” found under Services to Private Schools on the California Department of Education (CDE) Title 1 Services for Students in Private Schools Web page.

The district of residence is responsible for providing Title I, Part A services to eligible students. This applies to students who may be attending private schools located outside the district’s boundaries. LEAs are responsible for contacting the nonprofit private schools including private schools with less than six students enrolled.

Consultation: Title I services for private school students must be developed in consultation with the officials of participating private schools. Consultation occurs before the LEA makes any decisions about the Title I program for students in private schools and must address issues such as:

Consultation must also include:

If The LEA consulted with the private schools and none of those schools chose to participate in the Title I, Part A program, the LEA must maintain documentation on file that supports the fact that the district provided the program information to private schools but they declined to participate.

Additional information and resources including the “Consultation Template,” “Title I Services to Eligible Private School Children Non-Regulatory Guidance” and “Toolkit” are available on the CDE Correspondence Web page.

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