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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 view contact information for the county in which you are located, select the appropriate link below:

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

CDE Staff Contact Information for Nonpublic Schools

Questions regarding NPSs may be directed to the Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit contacts listed below.

County or Group

CDE Staff

  E-mail

 Telephone Number

Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
NPS/A Unit
916-327-0141
Complaints and Investigations
John Liddell
916-327-4221
Out-of-State (NM, OR, UT)
Linda Ramos
916-327-3656
Out-of-State (All Other States)
Marla Stock
916-324-4532
Beach Cities Sites

Matthew Hill

916-445-5577

Point Quest Education Sites

Matthew Hill

916-445-5577

Seneca Family of Agencies Sites

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Sierra School Sites

Matthew Hill

916-445-5577

Spectrum Center Sites

Matthew Hill

916-445-5577

The Help Group Sites
Michele Donahue
916-319-0769

Alameda

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Alpine

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Amador

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Butte

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Calaveras

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Colusa

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Contra Costa

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Del Norte

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

El Dorado

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Fresno

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Glenn

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Humboldt

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Imperial

Michele Donahue
916-319-0769

Inyo

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Kern

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Kings

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Lake

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Lassen

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546
Los Angeles
Pamela Quiroz
916-327-3699

Madera

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Marin

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Mariposa

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Mendocino

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Merced

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Modoc

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Mono

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Monterey

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Napa

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Nevada

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Orange

Michele Donahue
916-319-0769

Placer

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Plumas

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Riverside

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Sacramento

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

San Benito

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

San Bernardino

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

San Diego

Michele Donahue
916-319-0769

San Francisco

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

San Joaquin

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

San Luis Obispo

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

San Mateo

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Santa Barbara

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Santa Clara

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Santa Cruz

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Shasta

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Sierra

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Siskiyou

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Solano

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Sonoma

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Stanislaus

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Sutter

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Tehama

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Trinity

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Tulare

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Tuolumne

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Ventura

Jivendra Singh
916-324-4536

Yolo

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

Yuba

Harry Canfield
916-327-3546

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CDE Staff Contact Information for Nonpublic Agencies

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

County or Group CDE Staff E-mail Telephone Number
Nonpublic Agencies Unit
NPA Unit
916-327-0141
Complaints and Investigations
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
New Applications
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Out-of-State
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Alameda
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Alpine
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Amador
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Butte
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Calaveras
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Colusa
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Contra Costa
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Del Norte
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
El Dorado
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Fresno
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Glenn
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Humboldt
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Imperial
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
Inyo
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Kern
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Kings
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Lake
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Lassen
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Los Angeles
Kristy Bickell
916-327-4223
Madera
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Marin
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Mariposa
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Mendocino
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Merced
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Modoc
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Mono
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Monterey
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Napa
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Nevada
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Orange
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
Placer
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Plumas
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Riverside
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Sacramento
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
San Benito
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
San Bernardino
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
San Diego
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
San Francisco
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
San Joaquin
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
San Luis Obispo
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
San Mateo
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Santa Barbara
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Santa Clara
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Santa Cruz
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Shasta
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Sierra
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Siskiyou
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Solano
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Sonoma
DJ Sandhu
916-327-3692
Stanislaus
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Sutter
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Tehama
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Trinity
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Tulare
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Tuolumne
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Ventura
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Yolo
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Yuba
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549

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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:

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 assigned CDE staff will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required.
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 assigned CDE staff will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required.
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 assigned CDE staff will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required.
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 assigned CDE staff will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required.
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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