Nonpublic Schools Overview
Pennsylvania Act 89 provides Intermediate Units with funds to provide auxiliary services to students who are parentally enrolled in nonpublic schools. Students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 and who are Pennsylvania residents may be eligible to receive services. These services may include remedial reading and math, speech and language therapy, counseling, and psycho-educational testing. Types of services provided in the nonpublic schools are based on student enrollments and consultation between DCIU and nonpublic school administrators. These are not services that would carry an individualized entitlement for students but, rather, are provided subject to limitations of funding appropriated annually in the state budget.
Act 89/Title I Remedial Reading and Math ServicesRemedial services may be provided at both the elementary and secondary level through Act 89 and Title I. Educationally needy students are identified through consultation with nonpublic principals and teachers and standardized assessment measures. Title I students in nonpublic schools are served through funds provided by local public school districts.
Contact: Joseph Flynn, Supervisor of Act 89 and Government Programs – 610-938-9000 x6601 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance and CounselingStudents in nonpublic schools may receive both individual and group counseling services on-site. Act 89 elementary and secondary counselors may provide personal, academic/career, and developmental counseling. Crisis intervention services are also provided to the nonpublic school on an as-needed basis.Contact: Tracey Wise, Supervisor, Pupil Services – 610-938-9000 x2274 | email@example.com
Equitable ParticipationEducational Evaluations – Students may be referred for psycho-educational testing if they are thought to have a disability and to be in need of specially designed instruction. An evaluation is available through either the student’s school district of residence or the DCIU. Evaluations are completed by a certified school psychologist.Equitable Participation Consultation – Children who are identified as having a disability and in need of specially designed instruction may be referred for an EP consultation. At that time, a highly qualified teacher may observe the student and collaborate with the parent, classroom teacher, and school administrator to provide strategies and/or materials which will enable the student to access the curriculum.Contact: Tracey Wise, Supervisor, Pupil Services – 610-938-9000 x2274 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech and LanguageDCIU’s Speech-Language Pathologists provide speech and language services for students in Delaware County’s nonpublic Schools. Services consist of screenings, evaluations, and therapeutic interventions for students with communication disorders including language, articulation, phonology, fluency, and voice. Students are referred by parents, teachers, or principals. All DCIU Speech-Language Pathologists have Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. Additional certifications include Pennsylvania Professional License and ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competency.Contact: Melinda St. George, Supervisor, Speech and Language Services – 610-938-9000 x6602 | email@example.comKimberly Cott, Assistant Supervisor, Speech and Languages Services – 610-938-9000 x6635 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Title II Professional DevelopmentDCIU receives Federal Title II funds to provide workshops and trainings for nonpublic school principals and teachers. Professional development activities for the nonpublic schools are based on an annual needs assessment as well as ongoing consultation with principals.Contact: Nikki Borradaile, Supervisor of Professional Learning – 610-938-9000 x2034 | email@example.com
Title III English Language LearnersTitle III funding provides supplemental support for English Language Learners. Nonpublic schools located in districts which are part of the DCIU English Language Learner Consortium (Chichester, Garnet Valley, Haverford, Interboro, Penn Delco, Ridley, Rose Tree Media, Southeast Delco and Wallingford Swarthmore) are eligible to receive assessment, consultation, and professional development services from DCIU ELL staff.Nonpublic schools located in districts which are not part of the DCIU consortium (Chester Upland, Marple Newtown, Radnor, Springfield, Upper Darby, William Penn) may access Title III supports through the public school district. Summer school programs are available to identified nonpublic ELL students through either DCIU (consortium district members) or the public school district (non-consortium district members).Contact: Linda Long, Supervisor, English Language Learners – 610-938-9000 x2273 | firstname.lastname@example.org