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NPS/A Certification Applications

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

New and renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS) and Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA) certification applications will be collected online using the California Accountability & Improvement System (CAIS). The NPS and NPA certification renewal applications become available to existing NPS and NPA applicants on August 1. New NPS and NPA applications for initial certification are available any time during the year.

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 3065, which contains the qualification standards required for a NPS or NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

Due dates for NPS and NPA Certification Applications:

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

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

Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Questions

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

First Letter of NPA Name

Analyst

E-mail

Telephone Number

A-C

DJ Sandhu

djsandhu@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3692

D-J

Allison Fernandez

afernandez@cde.ca.gov

916-445-7313

K-P Jennifer Anderson janderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549

Q-Z

Jessica Gray

jgray@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3691

New Applications

Debra Heseman

dheseman@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3690

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

Alameda

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Alpine

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Amador

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Butte

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Calaveras

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Colusa

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Contra Costa

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Del Norte

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

El Dorado

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Fresno

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Glenn

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Humbolt

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Imperial

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

Inyo

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Kern

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Kings

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Lake

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Lassen

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

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

Madera

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Marin

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Mariposa

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Mendocino

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Merced

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Modoc

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Mono

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Monterey

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Napa

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Nevada

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Orange

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

Placer

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Plumas

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Riverside

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

Sacramento

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

San Benito

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

San Bernardino

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

San Diego

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

San Francisco

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

San Joaquin

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

San Luis Obispo

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

San Mateo

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Santa Barbara

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Santa Clara

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Santa Cruz

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Shasta

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Sierra

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Siskiyou

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Solano

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Sonoma

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Stanislaus

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Sutter

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Tehama

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Trinity

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Tulare

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Tuolumne

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Ventura

Michael Miguelgorry

mmiguelgorry@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3656

Yolo

Bernd Reynolds

breynolds@cde.ca.gov

916-327-3546

Yuba

George Olive

golive@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4221

Out-of-State NPS

Marjorie Evans

mevans@cde.ca.gov

916-327-4216

 

Exceptions to County Assignments

Consultant

  E-mail

Telephone Number

Anova Center for Education

Little Citizens Westside Academy

Seneca Center

Sierra Schools

Spectrum Schools

The Help Group

Bright Futures Academy

Marco Farias

mfarias@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4536


Instructions for New Certification as a Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School

To complete the certification application as a new Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS) through the California Accountability & Improvement System (CAIS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

Step
Certification Processes for NPS
1
Review the General Certification Information | DOC 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 from no-reply@www.cais.ca.gov with a link to access CAIS and complete the NPS Certification Application. This e-mail is sent to the NPS contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form.

5
Upon entering CAIS, the applicant should thoroughly review the NPS Certification Application Instructions, prior to completing the NPS Certification Application. These instructions are located in the 'Application Instructions' section of the NPS Certification Application.
6

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 in CAIS as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

7
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 by selecting the 'Change Status to Submitted' button in CAIS.
8
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via CAIS. Additional documentation may be required to be attached to the CAIS profile when requested.
9
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the status of the NPS Certification Application will change to 'Accepted' and the CDE will issue and attach the NPS certification to CAIS under 'Category: Part 3: Certification'.

Completion of the NPS Certification Application through CAIS 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 3065 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) through the California Accountability & Improvement System (CAIS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

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

The NPS Certification Application will automatically be added to the CAIS profile of 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

Upon entering CAIS the applicant should thoroughly review the NPS Certification Application Instructions, prior to completing the NPS Certification Application. These instructions are located in CAIS under the 'Application Instructions' section of the NPS Certification Application.

4

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 in CAIS as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

5

No later than October 31, print the 'Intent to Renew' form found in CAIS and mail the form 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 NPS 'Intent to Renew' Form.

6
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via CAIS. Additional documentation may be required to be attached to the CAIS profile when requested.
7
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the status of the NPS Certification Application will change to 'Accepted' and the CDE will issue and attach the NPS certification in CAIS under 'Category: Part 3: Certification'.

Completion of the NPS Certification Application through CAIS 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 3065 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) through the California Accountability & Improvement System (CAIS), NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

 

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information | DOC 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 from no-reply@www.cais.ca.gov with a link to access CAIS and complete the NPA Certification Application. This e-mail is sent to the NPA contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.
5
Upon entering CAIS, the applicant should thoroughly review the NPA Certification Application Instructions, prior to completing the NPA Certification Application. These instructions are located in CAIS under the 'Application Instructions' section of the NPA Certification Application.
6

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 in CAIS as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

7
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 by selecting the 'Change Status to Submitted' button in CAIS.
8
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via CAIS. Additional documentation may be required to be attached to the CAIS profile when requested.
9
When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the status of the NPA Certification Application will change to 'Accepted' and the CDE will issue and attach the NPA certification in CAIS under 'Category: Part 3: Certification'.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application through CAIS 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 3065 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) through the California Accountability & Improvement System (CAIS) online system, NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information | DOC for detailed information regarding the certification requirements.
2
The NPA Certification Application will automatically be added to the CAIS profile of 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
Upon entering CAIS the applicant should thoroughly review the NPA Certification Application Instructions, prior to completing the NPA Certification Application. These instructions are located in the 'Application Instructions' section of the NPA Certification Application.
4

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 in CAIS as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

5

No later than October 31; print the 'Intent to Renew' form found in CAIS and mail the form 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 NPA 'Intent to Renew' form.

6
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via CAIS. Additional documentation may be required to be attached to the CAIS profile when requested.
7

When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the status of the NPA Certification Application will change to 'Accepted' and the CDE will issue and attach the NPA certification in CAIS under 'Category: Part 3: Certification'.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application through the CAIS online system 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 3065 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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