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May 18th, 2011, 12:19 PM
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I'm so glad you posted this question! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was starting to think I was crazy for trying to get my kid in a private school. I've been trying for months to find other people who've done this and could tell me how it works. Couldn't find anyone. So I did my own research.

Here's what I know....
Unless the private school is receiving federal/state funds, they are under no legal obligation to follow an IEP and most won't accept one from the previous school. Most Catholic schools do provide some services for students with special needs/learning disabilities but I can't for the life of me figure out how exactly they go about coordinating and monitoring those services for individual students. I would assume it's a similar process to an IEP but maybe with slightly different wording for things. There doesn't seem to be any common standard for these things in private schools so you'll have to ask someone from the Catholic school specifically.

I had a similar situation to yours with my daughter. She was in a public preschool with an IEP and the whole expirience was awful for both of us. I very much want her to go to kindergarten at the private school her sisters attend but the public school was not at all supportive (they even told us it was against the law) I ended up pulling her out of school in March (for several reasons) and she is now officially enrolled in the private school and will attend kindergarten there starting in August.
Because our particular school doesn't get any public funds and doesn't have much of a history with special needs students, we're creating our own service plan from scratch. It's a lot of work and a little scary to be working without a road map. But it also gives us a lot of freedom to do what's best for her.

Do you know for sure that the Catholic school can provide the specific services she needs? If not can you get them from other private resources to avoid using the public school?

I hope I was at least a little helpful. Good Luck!
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