Benefits to Private School Students and Teachers
Revised July 2007
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Other Opportunities for Private Schools

This brochure discusses primarily statutory provisions that require equitable services to private school students and teachers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act. Private schools may also wish to learn about U.S. Department of Education programs that allow private schools to receive funds in return for providing certain services.

Supplemental Services

Title I allows community and other public and private institutions, including faith-based organizations and private schools, to be providers of supplemental educational services (such as after-school tutoring or academic summer camps) for eligible students attending public schools that are in need of improvement, so long as the provider is able to meet certain qualifications set by each SEA in accordance with the act. Private schools interested in becoming supplemental educational services providers would apply to their SEA. For information about becoming a supplemental educational services provider, visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site at privschools.html.


Faith-based and community organizations are currently eligible to apply for some grants under certain programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In such cases, private schools, including religious ones, are eligible to apply, provided they meet the program requirements and all the statutory and regulatory requirements. These programs generally have a specific focus and address specific needs and concerns. If a private school is awarded such a grant, it then becomes a recipient of federal financial assistance and is subject to the laws and regulations that apply to recipients of federal financial assistance. This is a factor for private schools to consider prior to applying for a grant.

The programs listed below are some of those that provide for eligibility for community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations. Not all of these grants would be of interest to private schools. Information about these programs is available from the Web site of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at Such information is also available on individual program Web sites:

Adult Education-Basic Grants to States*
Carol M. White Physical Education Program
Community Technology Centers
Early Reading First
Even Start Family Literacy Program*
Migrant Education Even Start
Parental Information and Resource Centers
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Mentoring Programs
21st Century Community Learning Centers*
Upward Bound Program

* These programs award formula grants to states, which, in turn, award competitive grants to eligible entities. Information about the agency that administers the Adult Education--Basic Grants to States program in your state may be found at:

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