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THE NAPLES ACT

OUT OF DISTRICT PLACEMENT

New Jersey Department Of Education – Naples Act:

Placing Children In Best-Fit Schools

Since opening in 2004, many school districts in New Jersey have placed students at Voyagers’ through the use of the Naples Act. In New Jersey, every child is guaranteed a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). If no state-approved private school can provide FAPE, an accredited nonpublic school can be considered under a Naples placement, See N.J.S.A. 18A:46-14(g); N.J.A.C. 6A:14-6.5.

Often, public schools are not equipped to offer the necessary services for students who struggle with academic, emotional, debilitating mental health, and school refusal issues. Without a curriculum that caters to these circumstances, students miss out on vital educational opportunities which has a lasting effect.

With the mental health crisis growing among children, the Naples Act is more important now than it ever was. 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, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 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