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 to LEAs 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 or call (479) 246-0032. 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.


Equitable Services Forms Date
2023-2024 Affirmation of Consultation with Private Schools Form2/25/2023 
ADE Affirmation of Consultation Information Sheet2/25/2023 
Sample Title I Non-Public Family Income Survey2/25/2023 


Trainings & DocumentsDate
Equitable Services Webinar3/15/2023 
ADE Equitable Services FAQs3/17/2023 
ADE List of Known Arkansas Private Schools by County5/23/2023 


Title I Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance-Updated5/17/2023 
Draft-Title VIII Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance 3/30/2022 
Within-District Allocations Under Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance2/2022 


    For more information, please contact:

    April Jarvis, Public School Program Advisor 
    Arkansas Department of Education 
    Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Public School Accountability
    Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 26
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone: 501-682-4373
    Fax: 501-682-5136

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