School Choice Program For Certain Students With Exceptionalities

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Special Needs Program

Student Participation

  • Students that have been evaluated by a Louisiana public school district and determined to be in need of services for specific exceptionalities and have an Individual Education Plan, district-provided services plan or a nonpublic-school-created service plan
  • Student must:
    • Have an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • Be in need of services for autism, mental disability, emotional disturbance, developmental delay, other health-impairment-specific learning disability or traumatic brain injury
    • Be eligible to attend a public school
    • Reside in one of the six largest parishes: Jefferson, East Baton Rouge, Orleans, Caddo, St. Tammany or Lafayette
  • Nonpublic schools must be approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), comply with Brumfield v. Dodd, an anti-discrimination order, and be located in Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, or St. Tammany parishes to be eligible
  • Submit a notice of intent to participate to the Louisiana Department of Education
  • Must have provided services to students with exceptionalities for at least two years prior to joining the program, and employ teachers with valid certification in special education
  • Be approved by the state to participate
  • Comply with state nondiscrimination and health and safety requirements
  • Require teachers to be certified to teach special education

Data Update

Schools Participating
2017 Expenditures


Scholarship Cap
Families participating in this program receive an educational certificate, which is paid directly to the school on behalf of the family. The certificate is worth either approximately 50% of the per-pupil allocation of state funds to the student’s local school district or the school’s tuition and fees, whichever is less. This amount averages approx. $2,500 across the state.
- Whichever is less:
-- 50 percent of state per-pupil funding
-- Tuition of private school
Program Funding
- $1,000,000
Enrollment Cap
- None