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NPS/A Certification Applications

Process for submitting Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School/Agency Certification Applications.

Prior to completing a new or renewing certification application, applicants should review the California Education Code (EC) sections 56365 through 56366.12, and the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, Section 3051, which contains the qualification standards required for a NPS or NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

Due dates for Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS) and Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA) Certification Applications:

  • New NPS and NPA applicants may submit the completed Certification Application anytime throughout the year unless the applicant falls under the requirements of EC Section 56366.1(k).
  • Renewing NPS and NPA applicants must submit the completed Certification Application no later than October 31.

No refunds will be provided, pursuant to EC Section 56366.1(m).

To begin the new or renewal application process, select the appropriate link below:

Nonpublic School (NPS) Questions

Questions regarding NPAs may be directed to the Special Education Division, Interagency, Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit contacts listed below.

County

Consultant

  E-mail

 Telephone Number

Complaints and Investigations John Liddell JLiddell@cde.ca.gov
916-327-4221
Out-of-State Harry Canfield HCanfield@cde.ca.gov
916-327-3546

Alameda

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Alpine

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Amador

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Butte

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Calaveras

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Colusa

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Contra Costa

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Del Norte

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

El Dorado

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Fresno

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Glenn

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Humboldt

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Imperial

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Inyo

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Kern

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Kings

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Lake

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Lassen

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Los Angeles Pamela Quiroz PQuiroz@cde.ca.gov
916-327-3699

Madera

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Marin

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Mariposa

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Mendocino

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Merced

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Modoc

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Mono

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Monterey

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Napa

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Nevada

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Orange

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Placer

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Plumas

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Riverside

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Sacramento

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

San Benito

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

San Bernardino

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

San Diego

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

San Francisco

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

San Joaquin

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

San Luis Obispo

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

San Mateo

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Santa Barbara

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Santa Clara (A-L)

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Santa Clara (M-Z) Jivendra Singh JiSingh@cde.ca.gov
916-324-4536

Santa Cruz

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Shasta

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Sierra

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Siskiyou

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Solano

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Sonoma

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Stanislaus

Pamela Quiroz

PQuiroz@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3699

Sutter

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Tehama

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Trinity

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Tulare

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Tuolumne

Jivendra Singh

JiSingh@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536

Ventura

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

Yolo

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Yuba

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Questions

Questions regarding NPAs may be directed to the Special Education Division, Interagency, Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit contacts listed below.

County Analyst E-mail Telephone Number
Complaints and Investigations Debra Heseman DHeseman@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3690
Out-of-State Debra Heseman DHeseman@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3690
Alameda Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Alpine Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Amador Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Butte Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Calaveras Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Colusa Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Contra Costa Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Del Norte Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
El Dorado Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Fresno Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Glenn Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Humboldt Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Imperial Allison Fernandez AFernandez@cde.ca.gov 916-445-7313
Inyo Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Kern Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Kings Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Lake Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Lassen Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Los Angeles DJ Sandhu DJSandhu@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3692
Los Angeles Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Madera Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Marin Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Mariposa Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Mendocino Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Merced Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Modoc Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Mono Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Monterey Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Napa Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Nevada Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Orange Allison Fernandez AFernandez@cde.ca.gov 916-445-7313
Placer Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Plumas Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Riverside Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Sacramento Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
San Benito Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
San Bernardino Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
San Diego Allison Fernandez AFernandez@cde.ca.gov 916-445-7313
San Francisco Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
San Joaquin Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
San Luis Obispo Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
San Mateo Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Santa Barbara Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Santa Clara Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Santa Cruz Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Shasta Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Sierra Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Siskiyou Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Solano Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Sonoma Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
Stanislaus Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Sutter Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Tehama Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Trinity Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Tulare Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Tuolumne Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Ventura Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Yolo Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
Yuba Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549

 


Instructions for New Certification as a Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School

To complete the certification application as a new Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

Step
Certification Processes for NPS
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the nonpublic, nonsectarian school (NPS) certification requirements.
2

Download and complete the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification (DOC).

3

Mail the completed Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form, along with a check made payable to the California Department of Education, for the certification fee, to:

Mail: California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification Form.

4
Upon CDE's receipt of the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form, the new NPS applicant will receive an e-mail with the NPS Certification Application and NPS Certification Application Instructions. This e-mail is sent to the NPS contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form.
5

New NPS applicants are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPS is located, with a written notification of intent to seek certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

For initial (new) applications, the NPS must wait at least 60 days for the SELPA representative to respond prior to submitting the application to California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPS may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPS certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

6
Once the applicant receives the signed notification form back from the SELPA, or the 60 days have passed, the applicant will submit the NPS Certification Application to the CDE.
7
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing consultant.
8
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPS Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPS certification.

 

Completion of the NPS Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPS to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for Applying for Certification as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School

To complete the certification application as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

Step
Certification Processes for NPS
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the certification requirements.
2

The NPS Certification Application and NPS Certification Application Instructions will be e-mailed to all renewing NPS applicants on August 1. This ensures that renewing NPS applicants can begin working on the NPS Certification Application at the start of the renewal period which begins August 1 and ends on October 31. Although the NPS Certification Application will be available for completion, renewing NPS applicants must pay their certification fee by October 31 or the NPS certification application cannot be accepted.

3

Renewing nonpublic, nonsectarian schools (NPS) are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPS is located, with a written notification of intent to renew its certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

The NPS must wait for the SELPA representative to respond, at least 30 days for renewal applications, prior to submitting the application to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPS may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPS certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

4

No later than October 31, the NPS Certification Application, along with a check for the certification fee made payable to the California Department of Education, must be mailed to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the NPS Intent to Apply for NPS Certification Form.

5
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing consultant.
6
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPS Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPS certification.

Completion of the NPS Certification Application is required for private schools applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPS to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for New Certification as a Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency

To complete the certification application as a new Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA), NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

 

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the nonpublic, nonsectarian agency (NPA) certification requirements.
2
Download and complete the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification (DOC).
3

Mail the completed Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form, along with a check made payable to the California Department of Education, for the certification fee, to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.

4
Upon CDE's receipt of the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form, the new NPA applicants will receive an e-mail with the NPA Certification Application and NPA Certification Application Instructions. This e-mail is sent to the NPA contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.
5

New NPA applicants are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPA is located, with a written notification of intent to seek certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

For initial (new) applications, the NPA must wait at least 60 days for the SELPA representative to respond prior to submitting the application to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA the NPA may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPA certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

6
Once the applicant receives the signed notification form back from the SELPA, or the 60 days have passed, the applicant will submit the NPA Certification Application to the CDE.
7
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing analyst.
8
When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPA Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPA certification.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under California EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for Applying for Certification as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency

To complete the certification application as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA), NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the certification requirements.
2
The NPA Certification Application and NPA Certification Application Instructions will be e-mailed to all renewing NPA applicants on August 1. This ensures that renewing NPA applicants can begin working on the NPA Certification Application at the start of the renewal period which begins August 1 and ends on October 31. Although the NPA Certification Application will be available for completion, renewing NPA applicants must pay their certification fee by October 31 or the NPA Certification Application cannot be accepted.
3

Renewing nonpublic, nonsectarian agencies (NPA) are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPA is located, with a written notification of intent to renew its certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

The NPA must wait for the SELPA representative to respond, at least 30 days for renewal applications, prior to submitting the application packet to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPA may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPA certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

4

No later than October 31; the NPA Certification Application, along with a check for the certification fee made payable to the California Department of Education, must be mailed to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the NPA Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.

5
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing analyst.
6

When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPA Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPA certification.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365 through 56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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