The Arkansas General Assembly passed the Succeed Scholarship Program in the 2015 Legislative Session. This program allows a public school student with special needs to apply for up to $6,646 in scholarship funds to attend a private school that may be more suited to meet the student's needs. With the end of the 2016 fiscal session, The Reform Alliance is proud to announce that funding is available for the Succeed Scholarship Program for the 2016-2017 school year. A flyer with additional information on the program is available here. Or, you can read more about the passage of funding for the Succeed Scholarship from Excel in Ed here. Applications for both private schools and students interested in the program are now open!
- How do I prove enrollment in a district?
- You can submit a letter from your child's school or most recent report card to show what district he/she has recently attended.
- How do I prove acceptance to a private school?
- Please attach an acceptance letter from the private school your child wishes to attend.
- If your child has not yet been accepted to a private school, we encourage you to begin with that step. We will not be able to process the application without an acceptance letter.
IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE?
A student is eligible for the Succeed Scholarship Program if they meet the following requirements:
- Be currently enrolled in a public school for at least one full school year immediately prior to the school year for which the scholarship payments would be disbursed.
(If the student is a dependent of an active duty military member of any branch of the U.S. military, this restriction does not apply)
- At the time of applying, have an individualized education program (IEP) in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Have been accepted for admission into a private school that is eligible to participate in the Succeed Scholarship Program.
IS MY PRIVATE SCHOOL ELIGIBLE?
Private School Eligibility Requirements:
- In order to participate in the Program, a private school must: Employ or contract with at least (one) teacher who holds a current, valid standard license in special education issued by the State Board of Education, comply with all state laws and regulations governing private schools, adhere to the tenets of the school's published disciplinary procedures before an expulsion of a student participating in the Program.
- An eligible private school shall notify the State Board of Education or its designee if any student participating in the Program ceases to be enrolled in or regularly attend the private school for any reason.
- As a condition of continued participation in the Program, each participating private school shall certify under oath, on a semiannual basis, that any students participating in the Program are and have been enrolled and attending the participating private school except for excused absences.
Responsibilities Of Parents Explained
The parent/legal guardian of a student participating in the Program shall:
- Fully comply with the parental involvement requirements of the private school unless excused by the school for illness or other good cause.
- Sign waivers that release the State of Arkansas and the student's resident school district from any legal obligation to provide services or education to the student participating in the Program.
- Correspond with ADE annually to inform ADE of intent to maintain enrollment in an eligible private school in order to continue the disbursement of scholarship payments.