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Title III Immigrant Student Private Schools

This page contains information and resources from the California Department of Education (CDE) about the private school participation in the Title III Immigrant Student Program.

A private school may participate in the Title III Immigrant Student 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 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 will 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.

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

Whether the private school accepts or declines to participate in the Title III Immigrant Student Program, documentation of the meaningful consultation, dated and signed by private school official, must be kept in file locally, and made available during a federal program monitoring review.

Since private schools participate in the Student National Origin Report filing, LEAs, as part of their Title III Immigrant allocations, receive funds based on 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 CDE Request for Applications web 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 eligible LEAs that have 21 or more eligible immigrant students and experience a significant growth in the enrollment of eligible immigrant students in the preceding fiscal year compared with the average of the two preceding fiscal years LEAs entitlement amounts are posted annually on the on the CDE Title III English Learner and Immigrant Programs web page.

Private Schools Notice to Participate Letter

CDE Private Schools Equitable Services Ombudsman Participation Information

CDE Title III FAQs for Private Schools

ESSA Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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