Proportionate Share Services
In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), Arlington Heights School District 25 provides child find/evaluations and special education services to parentally-placed students attending local private/parochial schools or students who receive home schooling. We are required to utilize a portion of its federal funds, referred to as Proportionate Share, to provide special education services to parochial and private schools within our attendance boundaries. Arlington Heights School District 25, in agreement with participating private/parochial schools, has chosen to use these funds to provide speech and language services to qualifying students. We also provides child find (screening and evaluation) services, at no charge, to students. Students attending Our Lady of the Wayside School, St. James School, and St. Peter Lutheran School are included in this program.
Throughout the year, Arlington Heights School District 25 receives requests to evaluate students who are home-schooled or attending private/parochial schools. We are legally obligated to consider each evaluation request. Based on a review of existing data and information from both parents and teachers, the Arlington Heights School District 25 team will determine if an evaluation is appropriate. We do not automatically grant all evaluation requests, for a number of reasons. In the event that you feel that your child should be evaluated for special education, contact your child’s teacher at his/her private/parochial school, or send a letter directly to the Department of Student Services requesting an evaluation. More information on evaluation procedures and considerations for non-public school students can be found here.
Local public schools, including Arlington Heights School District 25, do not provide the full range of special education services to students attending private/parochial schools or home-schools as they do for students in public schools. The Assistant Superintedent of Student Services meets with local participating private/parochial schools and home-schooling parents to discuss the types of services that will be provided by our Proportionate Share funding. Generally, most districts opt to provide speech-language services only. Students receive a specific amount of service, regardless of the severity of their disability. Should you wish to access a greater level of support for your child (as recommended by the educational team completing the evaluation), you may choose to enroll your child in the public school district of residence in order to receive the full range of services.
Timely and Meaningful Consultation
In compliance with IDEA, representatives from Arlington Heights School District 25 meet with parents and staff from private and parochial schools on an annual basis to discuss how it will support students with special education needs in those schools or who are home schooled. This meeting is typically held in May of each school year.