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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 Education Program if it meets the following specifications:

  • It is not for profit
  • It submitted the immigrant counts necessary to determine eligibility to the CDE
  • It is located within the geographic jurisdiction of a local educational agency (LEA) that is eligible and applies for funding
  • It submitted a Request to Participate form to CDE

Once a private school has requested participation in the Title III - Immigrant Education 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 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be developed. The MOU should contain the following: process and materials for how students’ needs will be identified; what 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 services; the size and scope of 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 services and products to be used to serve 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 services and products 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, NonRegulatory Guidance (DOC; 1MB)

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: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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