SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM2024-04-10T11:49:54-05:00

The Special Needs Scholarship Program

at Saint Lucas

Life’s challenges can be overwhelming, especially when faced with the additional complexities of parenting a child with a disability or learning difference. Managing the costs of education on top of everything else can contribute to the stress.

We are thankful to be part of the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP), where students with diverse abilities and gifts can learn alongside their classmates within our classrooms, yet receive the one-on-one teacher support they need.

The Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) offers a supportive opportunity for eligible students with disabilities to receive a state-funded scholarship, covering the entire tuition at SNSP schools like Saint Lucas. Our aim is to alleviate the financial burden and provide an inclusive environment where every student can thrive academically and be supported unconditionally.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does a student become eligible for the SNSP?2024-02-05T14:23:36-06:00

If the student meets all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. IEP or Services Plan: The student has a currently implemented Individualized Education Program (IEP) or services plan (ISP).
  2. Wisconsin Resident
  3. Under 21 years of age as of the date they apply or September 1.
How does a student apply to the SNSP?2024-02-05T14:23:41-06:00

The SNSP student application is a paper application that must be submitted to Saint Lucas.  You can find the application here.

Students can apply for the 2023-2024 school year from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

An application is complete when the following documents have been given to Saint Lucas:

  1. SNSP student application
  2. Documentation verifying the family’s current address (a list of residency documents can be found in the application)

Once Saint Lucas receives a complete application an admissions committee will determine if the student is eligible, other than determining whether the student has an IEP or Services Plan that meets the requirements.

What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?2024-02-05T14:23:44-06:00

A Services Plan (ISP) is a written statement that describes the special education and related services a public school will provide to a student with a disability placed in a private school by their parent. Services plans are developed by public school districts.

What is a Services Plan?2024-02-05T14:23:51-06:00

A Services Plan (ISP) is a written statement that describes the special education and related services a public school will provide to a student with a disability placed in a private school by their parent. Services plans are developed by public school districts.

Does a 504 plan meet the IEP or services plan requirement for the SNSP?2024-02-05T14:23:57-06:00

No. A 504 plan is not sufficient to qualify for the SNSP.

What do I do if my child does not have an IEP or services plan but I believe my child might have a disability and be eligible for special education?2024-02-05T14:24:02-06:00

If you believe your child has a disability, contact the school district where the school your child is attending is located to request a special education evaluation. If your child is found eligible for special education, the school district may, but is not required to, develop a services plan for your child. The services plan can be used to meet the SNSP requirement to have an IEP or services plan that is in effect. If the school district does not develop a services plan, you can contact the school district where your child resides and request a meeting to develop an IEP for your child. The IEP can then be used to meet the SNSP requirement to have an IEP or services plan that is in effect.

Should I enroll my student in the Private School Choice Programs or the SNSP?2024-02-05T14:24:05-06:00

The Choice Programs and the SNSP are governed by different laws. As such, the programs have different student eligibility requirements; different application processes and timelines; and have different school participation requirements. If the student meets the eligibility requirements and the school is in the Choice programs and the SNSP, it is a parent’s decision as to whether to apply to a Choice program or the SNSP. A parent may submit applications for the student to participate in both programs. However, a student can only participate in one program and the school can only receive money from one program, not both, for the student. If a parent submits applications to both programs, the parent should provide the private school with a written statement indicating which program the parent wants the student to participate in (Choice or SNSP). The department recommends that a parent fully evaluate the options before selecting a program (Choice or SNSP).

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