Student Support Programs and Services
Private School ESE Services

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires that school districts locate, identify, and evaluate at public expense students who are parentally placed at private schools and who are suspected of having disabilities and needing special education and related services. This is part of the general school district responsibility, known as child find.

School districts must make available a free appropriate public education (FAPE) via an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to those parentally-placed students who are evaluated at public expense and determined to have disabilities if the student enrolls in and attends public school. The requirement to make available a free appropriate public education does not extend to private school settings when children with disabilities are parentally placed in those settings.

There is no individual entitlement of parentally-placed private school students to receive special education services. However, some students may receive services under a Service Plan. Please see the Services Request Packet below to review what services the district has agreed to provide for the current school year.

Please note that these services are only available to parentally-placed students with disabilities (ESE) who attend nonprofit, participating private schools within Ҵý County.

Private School ESE Services Supervisor

  • Barbara Kleinsorge
  • bkleinso@pasco.k12.fl.us
  • (813) 794-2323

2023-24 Service Request Packets

Please remember the following:

  • The student must be ESE eligible (have an existing IEP or found eligible via Child Find) and attend a non-profit, participating private school to receive services.
  • Only 2023-24 Service request packets will be accepted.
  • Packets must be submitted fully completed (2023-24 services request form, teacher input, parent input, and current IEP or Service Plan). Only fully completed request packets will be processed.
  • Please submit their most current IEP or Service Plan.
  • Speech/Language, Occupational and Physical Therapists are currently a critical shortage area for the district and our contract providers. This may affect the ability of the district to provide these services to private school students.
  • Further reductions in district staff may also adversely affect the ability to provide consultation services.

Consultation Process

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that timely and meaningful consultation occur between the District School Board of Ҵý County (DSBPC) and private school representatives regarding any decision that affects the opportunities of eligible private school students with disabilities, teachers, and other educational personnel to participate in programs under this Act, and shall continue throughout the implementation and assessment of activities under this section. The final decision regarding what services will be provided resides with the district.

Consultation meetings are typically scheduled in March or April of each school year.

FLDOE Private School Links

FLDOE Private School Resources

FLDOE Technical Assistance Paper for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

(See sections E-1, E-4, and E-6 on pages 14, 16-17 for information relating to private schools)