The Naples Act
Out of District Placement
New Jersey Department of Education - Naples Act: Placing Children in Best-Fit Schools
The Naples Act (NJ18A:46-14), a provision in New Jersey Education Law, allows for placement in the most appropriate school for the student’s individual needs. The Naples Act ensures that students are placed in an accredited private school that is suitable for their educational needs. Passed in 1989, this act broadened the options available to parents and districts to better meet the needs of students requiring special education services.
Placements under the Naples Act are routinely used throughout New Jersey to fund students’ education. Out-of-district placements are commonplace and done every year by many districts in the State.
Voyagers’ Community School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and meets all the requirements for out-of-district placement:
Naples placement requirements:
- The school is accredited by a recognized accrediting body
- The school most appropriately meets the student’s individual needs
- School staff is licensed or certified appropriately
- Services provided are non-discriminatory and non-sectarian
- The school program meets all requirements under the law