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Title III Immigrant Private Schools

Information and resources from the California Department of Education about the Private School Participation in the Title III Immigrant Student Program.

A private school may participate in the Title III Immigrant Student Subgrant Program if it meets the following specifications:

  • The private school holds not-for-profit status
  • The private school submitted the number of eligible immigrant students necessary to determine eligibility
  • The private school is located within the geographic jurisdiction of a local educational agency (LEA) that is eligible and receives funding
  • The private school participated in consultation with the LEA to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Once a private school has requested participation in the Title III Immigrant Education Student Program, it is the responsibility of the LEA that has geographic jurisdiction to initiate and engage in timely and meaningful consultation with the private school, after which a MOU must be developed. The MOU should contain the following: process of how students’ needs will be identified; what products and services will be offered; how services will be assessed and how results will be evaluated by the LEA and private school to inform needed changes; the amount of funds available for and estimated costs of products and services; the size and scope of products and services to be provided; and, dates and location of delivery of provisions. See the sample MOU (DOC).

LEAs may not allocate Title III funds directly to private schools, but instead, the LEA must provide products and services products to eligible immigrant students enrolled in the private schools.

Since private schools participate in the SNOR filing, LEAs, as part of their Title III Immigrant allocations, receive funds based upon the counts of eligible immigrant students enrolled in the public and private schools located within their jurisdictions. For current year per pupil allocations, please visit the Request for Applications information page. The amount allocated for products and services provided by the LEA for eligible immigrant students in local private schools should be based on the amount of the per pupil allocation.
How is the immigrant per pupil funding amount determined?

Based on immigrant data reported, the CDE provides formula subgrant awards to LEAs that are eligible. The CDE will award subgrants to eligible LEAs in the state that have experienced a two percent increase of immigrant children and youth as compared to the average of the two previous fiscal years. These immigrant children and youth must have been enrolled during the fiscal year immediately prior to the fiscal year for which the subgrant is made. Award amounts are posted annually at the Request for Applications information page.

Note: Effective in the 2014-15 fiscal year, Consortia Eligibility will no longer be an option for participation in the Title III Immigrant Education Program.

CDE Title III FAQs for Private Schools

Title IX, Part E, Uniform Provisions, Subpart 1 - Private Schools, Non-Regulatory Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Title IX, Part E, Uniform Provisions, Subpart 1 - Private Schools External link opens in new window or tab.

U.S. Department of Education - Private Schools External link opens in new window or tab.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 16, 2016
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