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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)
Harry Canfield
916-327-3546
Out-of-State (All Other States)
Marla Stock
916-324-4532
Beach Cities Sites

Harry Canfield

916-327-3546

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

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Amador

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Butte

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Calaveras

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Colusa

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Contra Costa

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Del Norte

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

El Dorado

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Fresno

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Glenn

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Humboldt

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Imperial

Marla Stock
916-324-4532

Inyo

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Kern

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Kings

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Lake

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Lassen

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656
Los Angeles
Michele Donahue
916-319-0769

Madera

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Marin

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Mariposa

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Mendocino

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Merced

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Modoc

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Mono

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Monterey

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Napa

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Nevada

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Orange

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Placer

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Plumas

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Riverside

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Sacramento

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

San Benito

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

San Bernardino

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

San Diego

Marla Stock
916-324-4532

San Francisco

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

San Joaquin

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

San Luis Obispo

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

San Mateo

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Santa Barbara

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Santa Clara

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Santa Cruz

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Shasta

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Sierra

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Siskiyou

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Solano

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Sonoma

Steve Perez

StPerez@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0581

Stanislaus

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Sutter

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Tehama

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Trinity

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Tulare

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Tuolumne

Steve Perez
916-319-0581

Ventura

Shirley Geddes
916-319-0417

Yolo

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

Yuba

Linda Ramos
916-327-3656

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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
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Multi-Site Agencies
Lisa Lui
916-327-3691
Out-of-State
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
Alameda
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Alpine
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Amador
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Butte
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Calaveras
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Colusa
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Contra Costa
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Del Norte
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
El Dorado
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Fresno
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Glenn
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Humboldt
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Imperial
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
Inyo
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Kern
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Kings
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Lake
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Lassen
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Los Angeles
(ZIP 90001-90999)
Jennifer Anderson
916-327-3549
Los Angeles
(ZIP 91000-93591)
Kristy Bickell
916-327-4223
Madera
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Marin
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Mariposa
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Mendocino
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Merced
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Modoc
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Mono
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Monterey
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Napa
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Nevada
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Orange
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
Placer
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Plumas
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Riverside
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Sacramento
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
San Benito
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
San Bernardino
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
San Diego
Allison Fernandez
916-445-7313
San Francisco
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
San Joaquin
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
San Luis Obispo
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
San Mateo
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Santa Barbara
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Santa Clara
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Santa Cruz
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Shasta
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Sierra
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Siskiyou
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Solano
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Sonoma
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Stanislaus
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Sutter
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Tehama
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Trinity
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Tulare
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Tuolumne
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Ventura
Debra Heseman
916-327-3690
Yolo
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692
Yuba
Janelle Alvarado
916-327-3692

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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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