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Special Education in Nonpublic and Off-Campus Programs

The Individuals with Disabilities Act entitles a student with a disability to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. When a student has educational needs that cannot be met in a public school setting, that student can be educated in a private school or facility, referred to as a nonpublic school, or in an off-campus program, at public expense. A student’s admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee must determine that the school district or charter school cannot provide the student with the special education instruction and related services necessary to meet the student’s unique needs for that student to be educated in a nonpublic school or off-campus program. The ARD committee identifies a nonpublic school or off-campus program that will provide the student an appropriate educational program.

TEA Information


For the most current application, guidance, allowable and nonallowable expenditures and any question related to residential placement, please contact Kenda Matson.


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Kenda Matson

Academic Director