Special Education

Initial Application for Approval to Operate a School-Age Private School for Students with Disabilities

September 2013


James P. DeLorenzo 
Initial Application for Approval to Operate a School-Age Private School for Students with Disabilities - PDF PDF document(800 KB - memo and attachments)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has revised its application for initial approval of privately operated schools to serve school-age (ages 5-21) students with disabilities pursuant to Article 89 of the Education Law.  The application, as revised, includes enhancements that will further assess an applicant’s capacity to provide high-quality and cost-effective programs; ensure that the program environment addresses health, safety and accessibility issues for students with disabilities; and assesses an applicant’s background, qualifications and governance structures to provide sound programmatic and fiscal practices. 

NYSED will now accept applications from agencies applying for State approval to operate a school-age day or residential program.  The application materials and related materials are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/.  Prior to submitting an application, the applicant must first receive written confirmation from the NYSED P-12: Office of Special Education, Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Regional Office where the applying agency is located that regional need has been established for the proposed program.  A copy of NYSED’s certification of regional need must be attached to the application.  For information on the regional need process, see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/schoolage/regionalneed.htm

Questions regarding this memorandum and the application may be directed to the SEQA Regional Office in your region.  For contact information for SEQA’s Regional Offices, see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/quality/regassoc.htm.  All applicants for residential programs must contact the SEQA Nondistrict Unit.


Last Updated: November 6, 2013