Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Private Schools

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires a participating Local Educational Agency (LEA) to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families.

These services are considered to be assistance to students and teachers and not to private schools.

While the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) provides funding for entitlement services to students attending private schools who choose to accept funding and abide by the regulations of such funding, the ADE does not accredit or provide oversight of private schools.  Questions regarding private schools should be directed to the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association, Inc. (ANSAA) at http://www.ansaa.com or call (501) 803-3888. When a private school closes, student transcripts are not stored at ADE. A person should contact someone who was working at the private school for transcript information.  

 

For more information, please contact:

Chandra Martin, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-­682-4231
Fax: 501-­682-­5136
Email: Chandra.Martin@arkansas.gov
 
Wes Whitley, Ombudsman
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1293
Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: wes.whitley@arkansas.gov

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