School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities

Students with disabilities in some school districts may be eligible for the School Choice Program, which provides families with tuition assistance to attend eligible participating schools that offer special needs programs. Students wishing to attend a nonpublic school in parishes with a population of 190,000 or more are eligible for this program, which includes Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans and St.Tammany. Participating private schools must be eligible to receive state funding.

Tuition assistance is 50% of the state per pupil funding for the student's school district (approximately $2200) and cannot exceed the cost of the private school tuition. Families are responsible for paying the difference if tuition exceeds that amount.

Click here to learn more about the School Choice program.

2015-16 School year application process

The Department will release the 2015-16 school year School Choice Program application on February 11, 2015. Families should turn this application directly into participating schools by March 11th, 2015. Families applying to participate in the program for the first time must be sure to also submit all required eligibility documentation.

Schools or students with questions should contact