Children with Disabilities Placed in Private Schools by the Local Education Agency (LEA)
If the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, including the parent, decides that the most appropriate placement for a student is in a private school, the district that places the student in the private school continues to be responsible for the provision of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for the student. This includes ensuring the student receives the special education and related services included in the IEP and that those services are provided at no cost to the parent. The district must ensure that the education provided in the private school meets the standards that apply to other students with disabilities. In addition, the student and parent must be provided the same rights as other students with disabilities and their parents, including receiving a full instructional day for the full academic year, instruction in the Georgia Performance Standards, and participation in state assessments. These requirements apply to residential and private day schools in which local, state, or federal funds are used to pay for the cost of the student’s educational services.
Private Residential Programs
The Georgia Department of Education maintains a list of residential programs. It is the funding LEA’s responsibility to monitor the private facility to ensure that the students funded by the district and attending the private facility receive appropriate services.
Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home
Ault Academy Twin Cedars - BradfieldAult Academy Twin Cedars - Bradfield
Coastal Harbor Treatment Center
Devereux Ackerman Academy
Education System Management
George W. Hartmann Center
Georgia Baptist Children's Home AMEC/Palmetto Campus
Georgia Baptist Children's Home/Appling County
Georgia Center for Youth
Good Shepard Therapeutic Center
Hillside, Inc. (Residential and Day Program)
KidsPeace National Centers of Georgia
Laurel Heights Academy
Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta
Morningstar Academy, Youth Estate Center
Murphy-Harpst Children's Center
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Twin Cedars Youth Services/Georgia Industrial Children's Home
Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus
Private Day Schools
For private day schools, the funding LEA is responsible for verifying that the school meets the minimal requirements for the provision of FAPE for students with disabilities. The LEA will maintain a collaborative relationship with the private day school in order to monitor the student’s progress and the implementation of the IEP.
For additional questions, you may contact Felicia Peavy, Program Specialist for Compliance at (404) 232-7893 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.