Overview of the Private and Religious Office (PRO)
The Private and Religious Office (PRO) at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is responsible for locating, identifying, and evaluating all parentally-placed private school children ages 3-22 who have a disability or are suspected of having a disability.
The PRO is here to help you identify any delays or disabilities that your child may have. Children who have been parentally-placed in a private school will be evaluated to determine whether they are eligible for special education and, if eligible, may be offered special education services (i.e. equitable services). These services are available at no cost to families.
The DCPS PRO serves children who:
- have been parentally-placed in a private elementary or secondary school,
- have been parentally-placed in a private religious elementary or secondary school, or
- are preschool and prekindergarten-aged and who have been parentally-placed in child development centers (child care centers).
The PRO serves DC residents and non-residents who send their children to private schools located in DC. DCPS ensures that a Free an Appropriate Education (FAPE) is available for DC residents who send their child to a private school outside of DC.
Please see the Statement of Services document or the Frequently Asked Questions document to see what services may be available to your child.
The age of the child determines how someone (a parent/guardian or someone else) should refer a child and what forms and documents are required (and what is optional/voluntary).