FAQs

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For Nonpublic Schools

Opening a New Nonpublic School

Q: I want to open a new nonpublic school. What do I need to do?

A: To open a nonpublic school, you must follow all regulations for opening a business in the state, as well as all local safety and building codes. For more information on starting a business in New Jersey, visit: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/. Contact your local authorities for more information regarding building and safety codes.

Registration with the NJDOE

Q: How do I register my nonpublic school with the NJDOE?

A: You must complete the nonpublic New School Registration Form and fax it to the number indicated on the bottom of the form.

State Aid Eligibility

Q: How does my nonpublic school become eligible to receive state aid?

A: Registration of your school with the NJDOE at any time during the school year (up until the last school day prior to May 30) entitles your eligible students to receive 192/193 services as "additional funds". If your school is registered and services are requested by September25 of the current school year these services will be fully funded throughout the  school year. Registration and the request of services after September 25 entitles your eligible students to 192/193 services at prorated amounts. The prorated percentages decrease each month as the school year progresses. Funds for services will not be dispersed after the last school day prior to May 30,  of the current school year. Note that prorated percentages do not apply to examination and classification services. These services will be fully funded throughout the  school year. Full entitlements for 192/193 services will be allocated for your school in subsequent years, as long as your school remains registered with the NJDOE.

In order to receive nursing, technology and textbook services, your school must complete the Nonpublic School Enrollment Report which can be accessed starting in October through the NJDOE Homeroom Page. Prior to the opening of the enrollment report, all nonpublic school administrators will receive an email from Nonpublic School Services which will include instructions on how to access the enrollment report along with your school's user ID and password.

The enrollment report opens in October of each year and closes on November 1. Your school's enrollment information as of the last school day prior to October 16 is used to determine your school's allocation for nursing, technology and textbook services for the following school year. The Nonpublic School Enrollment Report must be completed each year in October to continue to receive services for subsequent years.

IDEA Part B

Q: How are IDEA Part B funds determined for the students with disabilities enrolled in my nonpublic school?

A: IDEA Part B funding for nonpublic schools is based on a proportionate share calculation using enrollment information collected through NJSMART in October of each year. This number generates the allocation for the following year. The proportionate share amount of Part-B funds is equal to the number of students with disabilities ages 3-21 that were reported in NJSMART as of the last school day prior to October 16. This number is then divided by the total number of students with disabilities ages 3-21 (public and nonpublic in your district) that were reported in NJSMART as of the last school day prior to October 16, and then multiplied by the total IDEA-B basic allocation for your district. Please go to U.S. Department of Education website for additional information.

Title I

Q: How are Title I allocations determined for my nonpublic school?

A: Title I funding is allocated to the Title I districts in which your eligible students reside at the same per-pupil amount as public school students residing in Title I districts. The Title I district of residence is responsible for providing supplemental services (i.e. additional learning opportunities) directly to eligible nonpublic students. Services provided cannot benefit the entire school, as these services are only for nonpublic students that meet the established eligibility criteria. Please go to Equitable Participation of Nonpublic Students for Title I for additional information.

Title II A

Q: How are Title II A allocations determined for my nonpublic school?

A: Under the Title II A program, nonpublic school teachers, principals and other educational personnel are eligible to participate to the extent that the district in which the nonpublic school is located uses funds to provide for professional development for teachers and other school personnel.

Funds awarded to the state and district under Title II A are subject to the uniform provisions of Section 9501 of the ESEA (Participation by Private School Children and Teachers). The statute requires districts to provide nonpublic school students, their teachers and other educational personnel with educational services on an equitable basis and in a timely manner.  Please see the Improving Teacher Quality (ESEA Title II, Part A) guidance document for additional information.
 
Title III

Q: How are Title III immigrant allocations determined for my nonpublic school?

A: Title III services are supplemental to Chapter 192 ESL services and allocations are based on the number of students reported in NJSMART as receiving Chapter 192 ESL services in October of each year. This number generates the allocation for the following year. Title III immigrant allocations are based on the eligibility of your district for such funds. Eligibility is based on the combined number of public and nonpublic immigrant students in your district. In order to receive a Title III immigrant allocation in any year, districts must enroll and report a minimum number of immigrant students of 20 and demonstrate a two percent or higher increase in the number of eligible immigrant students as compared to the average enrollment of the previous two years. If your school district is eligible, your nonpublic school will also receive corresponding services and the allocation would be based on the number of eligible students reported. Please go to Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for additional information.

For Profit/Nonprofit Status

Are there state and federal aid programs for which my nonpublic school is not eligible because we are a for profit entity?

A  Yes, for profit nonpublic schools are not eligible for transportation services (state funded) and the following federal programs:  IDEA, Title I, Title IIA and Title III.  Please see the Nonprofit/Profit Status table which summarizes this information.

Accreditation

Q: Does the NJDOE accredit nonpublic schools?

A: The NJDOE does not accredit nonpublic schools. Nonpublic schools do not need accreditation to be recognized by the state of New Jersey. Accreditation is optional and would be provided through an independent accreditation agency.

Moving to a New Location

Q: If my nonpublic school moves out of the boundaries of the public school district (after the Nonpublic School Enrollment report has been completed) to which my nonpublic state and federal funds are allocated, do the funds follow to the new public school district of location?

A: Yes. However, you must advise the NJDOE of your school's change in address by completing the Existing School Change Form. This accommodation can be made up until the beginning of July prior to the start of the new school year. Once funds have been disbursed, the district becomes responsible for redirecting them to you. You must contact the business administrator from your prior district to ensure that services are provided to the eligible students in your nonpublic school. The one exception is Title IIA funding. These funds cannot be transferred from one public school district to another during the course of the school year. Instead, these funds will be allocated to the district of location the following school year.

School Closing

Q: Do I need to inform the NJDOE if my nonpublic school closes?

A:  Yes, you should complete the Existing School Change Form. There is a field in the form where you can indicate that your nonpublic school is closing.

Janet's Law

Q: Where can I find additional information on the requirements of Janet's Law?

A: Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that was developed for Janet's Law.

For School Districts

2013-2014 Chapters 192 and 193 Additional Funding

Q: What is Chapters 192/193 additional funding?

A: Funding to provide Chapters 192 and 193 services to additional nonpublic school students who have been identified as needing these services. Legislation enacted in 1984 permits districts to request additional funding when the present funding level is insufficient to provide services for the additional students identified.

Q: How do I obtain additional funding for Chapters 192/193?

A: Additional funding for Chapters 192/193 must be requested through the online application at http://homeroom.state.nj.us/. The application is ADDL - Ch 192-193 Funding Statement and Additional Funding Request.

Q: How are Chapters 192-193 additional funding requests funded?

A: Unexpended Chapters 192-193 entitlements from the prior school year, refunded to the Department of Education, are the funding source for additional funding requests in the current school year. The Department's ability to provide additional funding is dependent upon the availability of prior year refunds.

Q: What is the deadline for submitting additional funding requests each month?

A: During the 2014-15 school year, the deadline dates are:

  • August 12 through August 26
  • September 1 through September 25
  • October 1 through October 24
  • November 1 through November 25
  • December 1 through December 23
  • January 1 through January 23
  • February 1 through February 20
  • March 1 through March 24
  • April 1 through April 23
  • May 1 through May 19
  • May 23 through May 29

Unexpended Nonpublic School Funds

Q: What do I do with unexpended nonpublic school funds?

A: The NJDOE collects refunds through a state aid payment deduction process according to the information submitted on your current fiscal year's Nonpublic School Project Completion Report (NPCR). To access the Nonpublic School Project Completion Report, go the NJDOE Homeroom and select "NPCR". Note: the NPCR will open on August 29, 2014. Please do not send a refund check to the NJDOE-- it will be returned.

Nursing Services for Nonpublic Schools

Q: What are the requirements for providing nursing services to nonpublic school(s) located in my district?

A: Please refer to the Nonpublic School Health Services page of the Nonpublic School website where you will find the nursing services reporting requirements, guidance, relevant statute and code and other related resources.

Q: Can a district purchase equipment and supplies with nonpublic state nursing funds for a nonpublic school that are not directly related to the provision of student health services?

A: Yes, as long as the equipment/supplies purchased directly support the provision of the basic nursing services and additional medical services (if applicable) at the nonpublic school.  With regard to equipment, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5(c)3 states equipment comparable to that in use in the school district may be purchased by the school district to loan without charge to the nonpublic school for the purpose of providing services under this section (School health services to nonpublic schools).

In the case of supplies, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5(c)4 states supplies comparable to those in use in the school district and transportation costs may be charged to the funds allocated for each participating nonpublic school, provided that they are directly related to the provision of the required basic nursing and any additional medical services that are provided.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Allowable expenses for equipment:
  • purchase or loan of software and hardware to produce and maintain student health documentation.
  • Examples of allowable expenses for supplies:
  • purchase of immunization cards for student records
  • stamps used for mailing notices to parents regarding immunizations 

Consultation Responsibilities

Q: Am I responsible for informing and consulting with the nonpublic school(s) located in my district regarding the allocation of entitlement funds?

A: Yes. You should consult with the nonpublic school(s) located in your district prior to the first day of school to: 1) inform them of their funding entitlements and 2) ensure understanding of their needs regarding nursing services, technology, textbooks and Chapters 192/193 services.

For Parents

Student Transcripts

Q: How can I get a transcript from a nonpublic school that has closed?

A: The NJDOE does not keep student records. Student records for nonpublic schools should be kept with the nonpublic school and transferred to another known location once the school closes. If the nonpublic school was run by an organization such as a church or synagogue, contact that organization to find out if they have records.

Basic Skills, ESL, Speech Services, Home Instruction and Supplementary Instruction

Q: What state programs are available to provide my child with extra help?

A: State programs are available to eligible nonpublic students who need extra help in math, language arts, speech, ESL services, home instruction, and supplementary instruction. Detailed information about these programs can be found  in the Chapters 192 & 193 Programs for Nonpublic School Students Manual 2014-2015.

Federal Programs for Eligible Nonpublic School Students

Q: Where can I find more information about the laws related to homeschooling in New Jesey?

A: The NJDOE does not accredit or certify any homeschooling programs in the state.  Please see the NJDOE's Frequently Asked Questions document for detailed information on the laws related to homeschooling in New Jersey.

Q: What federal programs are available to provide my child with extra help?

A: The following federal programs are available to eligible nonpublic school students:

Allegations of Bullying and Harassment

Q: Does the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L. 2010, c.122) apply to students and staff in nonpublic schools?

A: No. It does not. The NJDOE does not have the authority to address allegations of bullying or harassment in nonpublic schools. If a student or staff member has been the victim of discrimination or harassment in violation of the Law Against Discrimination, a complaint may be filed with the Division of Civil Rights in New Jersey.

Cooperative Sports Programs between Nonpublic Schools and School Districts

Q: Can my child who attends a nonpublic school participate in the athletic programs of the public school in which he/she resides.

A: No. The bylaws of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) state: "A public school can only enter into Cooperative Sports Programs with another public school while nonpublic schools can only enter into such programs with another non-public school." The NJSIAA bylaws can be found at http://www.njsiaa.org/.

N.J. Department of Education
Office of Nonpublic School Services
P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Email (preferred method of contact): nonpublicschoolservices@doe.state.nj.us
Phone: (609) 633-0251, Fax: (609) 292-4319