What is a qualified school?
A qualified school refers to a nonpublic school accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board:
(1) to which an eligible student is required to pay tuition to attend; and
(2) that agrees to enroll an eligible student
The following 3rd party accreditation organizations are recognized by the State Board of Education:
- Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventists Schools, Colleges, and Universities (AASDAS)
- American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- Christian Schools International (CSI)
- Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
- International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA)
- National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA)
- Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACSWASC)
- Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
To be considered a qualified school, do I have to administer statewide assessments?
Each qualified school that is a participating entity that accepts payments for tuition made from an account under the program shall administer to its eligible students, for the applicable grade levels as provided under IC 20-32-5.1, the statewide assessment unless otherwise prescribed by the eligible student’s:
(1) individualized education program;
(2) service plan developed under 511 IAC 7-34;
(3) choice special education plan developed under 511 IAC 7-49; or
(4) plan developed under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794.
What types of expenses are qualified?
- Educational services
- Tuition and fees at an approved non-public school
- Private tutoring
- Paraprofessionals or educational aides
- Services or therapies as prescribed
- Tuition and fees to attend training programs and camps focusing on vocational, academic, life, independence, or soft job skills
- Services contracted for and provided by an approved charter, magnet, public or non-public school, such as individual classes, extracurricular activities, or additional programs, resources, or staffing as part of the student’s IEP or ISP
- Fee for service transportation to and from approved provider
- Fees for certain student assessments and examinations
- Fees for the management of the Indiana ESA account