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.

Given the current level of funding, the Louisiana Department of Education is unable to accept applications for new students to the School Choice Program for the 2020-2021 school year at this time. However, the Department will continue to fund awards for all current School Choice students that submit an application at an eligible school for the 2020-2021 school year. All current School Choice Program must reapply each year to keep their award.

Learn more about the School Choice program.