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, Calcasieu, 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 $2,500) and cannot exceed the cost of the private school tuition. Families are responsible for paying the difference if tuition exceeds that amount.

  • The 2024-2025 School Choice Program(SCP) online application will open on February 5, 2024. All families that would like to submit applications for the 2024-2025 school year must apply online using the LDOE website." to the following "The 2024-2025 School Choice Program(SCP) online application is now closed. Award notifications were sent out in late April.

For more information about the School Choice Program for Students with Exceptionalities including eligibility requirements and participating schools please see the School Choice Program Family Participation Guide.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of School Choice at