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 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.

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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