Office of Non-Public Education
Liaison to the nonpublic school community for the U.S. Department of Education

The roles and activities of the Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) fall into two major categories: leadership and outreach. ONPE represents the interests, activities and needs of the private elementary and secondary school community, and also consults with the private school community on the participation of students and teachers in programs and initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education.

Our Mission

ONPE fosters maximum participation of nonpublic school students and teachers in federal education programs and initiatives. Since the initial passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, private school students and teachers have been eligible to participate in certain federal education programs. ONPE's activities reflect this mission and direction by:

  • Representing the U.S. Department of Education to the nonpublic school community;
  • Offering advice and guidance within the Department on all matters affecting nonpublic education;
  • Communicating with national, state and local education agencies and associations on nonpublic education topics;
  • Communicating the interests and concerns of the nonpublic school community to the Department;
  • Providing parents with information regarding education options for their children; and
  • Providing technical assistance, workshops and publications.

Information About Non-Public Education

Last Modified: 09/26/2023