“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”

Robert M. Hutchins



By Regina Skyer   Apr 7, 2011

New York City is home to more private special education schools than anywhere in the country or world.  When we speak of private special education schools we actually mean two distinct categories of schools:  Approved and Independent.  Today’s blog will discuss the Approved private special education schools and what this means for parents.

To receive New York State Approved status a school has to apply and meet standards and criteria set forth by the New York State Education Department, located in Albany.  To become an approved school is not an easy process.  It is time consuming and expensive.  After meeting  hefty requirements and conditions, the school then has to agree to the tuition rate set by the State Education Department.  In many instances the tuition rate is far less than what it costs to actually educate a student.

The appealing benefit of Approved School status to a parent is that when the IEP review team determines that there is no appropriate public school for a child, they can recommend and fund placement at an approved private school.  This is referred to as funding and it is why these schools are often referred to as “funded schools.” For a complete list of the New York State approved schools go to:    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/privateschools/home.html

Because there is a possibility of prospective funding and parents not having to expend tuition fees, the Approved schools are very popular.  Within the five boroughs of New York City I estimate 25 such schools.  There are other schools that are out of the city in nearby suburbs that also have Approved status.  These schools serve different types of children and are licensed only to accept certain classifications.  It is important to speak with someone who is familiar with your child and these schools to get a list of which school might best serve your child.

The next three blog posts will continue to deal with Private School placement and funding.  I will address the category of Independent Private Special Education Schools and how the funding process works.  Stay posted…



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One Response

  1. Gary says:

    Interesting and informative. Will be very useful for my friend Nigel and his family. I am going to recommend the series of posts to him and his wife.

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