There are conditions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through which special education and related services may be provided to children with disabilities voluntarily enrolled by their parents in private schools, including religious and registered home schools.
School-age children with IDEA-eligible disabilities not enrolled in public school for 100% of the school day are not entitled to receive some or all of the special education and related services that the child would receive if enrolled in a public school. However, the IDEA provides for the participation of private school children with disabilities in IDEA funded special education and related services. Decisions regarding the services to be provided, including which children will receive services, the type and location of such services, and how the services will be provided, are made by the public school district after consultation with representatives of private schools within the public school district’s boundaries. If a child’s needs fall within the type of services to be provided to private schools, the public school district will make those services available.
If you have any questions regarding IDEA provisions for private-school/registered home school children with disabilities, please call Jennifer Demmons, Special Services Coordinator, at 406-626-2775 for additional assistance and information.