How to Search for the Best PA Approved Private Schools for Special Education

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Find the Best PA Approved Private Schools for Special Education

Special needs students require a special type of education to better help them succeed in the world once they reach adulthood. Finding the best is the key to making that happen. No matter what challenges your child is facing, whether it's developmental, learning, behavioral, emotional, or physical, they have a right to educational support through Pennsylvania legislation. DoNotPay offers a Find the Best Schools product to make your search a lot easier.

Things to Consider When Looking for a Private School Offering Special Education

We here at DoNotPay understand how important it is to find the best for your child. We also understand how challenging it can be to find a school you can trust for a child with special needs. It requires looking at several schools and programs and picking one that best fits your child's needs. In many cases, a private school offering special education programs is the best choice. However, there are some important questions you should ask before making a choice.

  • What types of special needs does your child need support for?
  • What type of environment do you think would best suit your child?
  • Does your child need a program offering individualized learning and differentiated instruction?
  • How much is your estimated budget for tuition?
  • How far are you willing to commute to take your child to school?

Below are some considerations you should have when choosing a special education school or program:

  • What type of special needs are supported?
  • How does the school support students with special needs?
  • What environment is the support delivered in?
  • Does the school offer individualized learning and differentiated instruction?

Understanding Special Education Laws in Pennsylvania

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and under Title 22 Chapter 14 of the Pennsylvania Code, children with special needs have certain rights.

Section 14.103

Student in Private School

When you place your child in a private school, it's required to identify and offer equitable participation.
Section 14.104

Special Education Plans

A school's special education plans must include the following:
  1. Whatever early intervention assistance is provided by the school district
  2. Methods for identifying and placing children with certain learning disabilities
  3. Access to a complete continuum of educational placements
  4. Parent training programs provided by the school district
  5. Guidelines and procedures preventing over-identification methods and applicable responses to student conduct requiring prompt intervention for districts with a disproportionate representation by ethnicity, race, and religion of children with special needs.
Section 14.105(a)


A paraprofessional is employed by the school and works under the supervision of a certified staff member. Also called "instructional paraprofessionals," they assist in providing instructional services to students with special educational needs. Support and assistance encompass one-on-one, as well as positive behavior support plans. Services may be provided in a special education class, regular education class, or other instructional settings as provided in the student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
Section 14.105(a)


Parents of special education students are allowed "reasonable access" to their child's classroom. While Pennsylvania legislation doesn't provide an in-depth definition of "reasonable access," unrestricted access is not allowed. Local school boards and/or schools are allowed to establish policies that define "reasonable access."

There are several other legislative rules governing special education in Pennsylvania, so it's advisable for parents to study them.

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Searching for PA Approved Private Schools for Special Education Using DoNotPay:

  1. Go to the Best Schools Search product on DoNotPay.

  2. Let us guide you through the different priorities you can filter by, including whether you're looking for a private school vs. public school, your ideal student-to-teacher ratio, and what grade level you are looking for.

  3. Tell us how you want us to rank the results (by what's most important to you!) Some examples include, best schools overall, most diverse, best teachers, etc.

  4. Enter the search area you want to search in for. The wider the area, the more schools we can match you with.

And that's it. DoNotPay will find the top five schools that match your criteria and generate a detailed report highlighting the academics, safety, teachers, sports, diversity, and more.

How to Search for PA Approved Private Schools for Special Education on Your Own:

When it comes to searching for the best online schools for early childhood education, you'll be presented with countless choices. Below are some criteria to look for when deciding if an online school is good enough for your child:

  1. First and foremost, is the school accredited by either the United States Department of Education (DoEd) or the nonprofit Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)?
  2. Does the school offer financial aid packages?
  3. Does the school offer a trial demo class period?
  4. What is the average class size?
  5. What is peer-to-peer interaction like?
  6. What is student-to-instructor interaction like?

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