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Difference from Other Private Schools?

How are special education private schools different from other private schools (such as parochial/religious schools, Montessori or Waldorf schools, college prep private schools)?

Unlike private special education schools, other private schools:

  • are chosen and paid for by parents
  • do not necessarily require State approval
  • are not obligated by law to follow IEPs or 504 plans, but may accept them
  • may or may not serve children with special needs (however, if a child is eligible for an IEP and parents decide to pursue one of these schools, the public school is still obligated to provide the services the child qualifies for under an IEP)