An Individual Program Approval (IPA) is an option for a school district in order to place a student with an educational disability in a program not approved to provide special education services. This option is available when no approved program which would be appropriate can be found.
A Request for an IPA is made by the school district to the New Hampshire Bureau of Special Education. An IPA Request may be made for a placement of up to one year/365 days in duration. An IPA is available solely for in-state programs. IPAs are not an option for out-of-state programs.
An IPA must be requested by the school district and approved by the New Hampshire Bureau of Special Education BEFORE the student may attend the program.
The requirements for requesting an IPA and the IPA Request form are available on this Web site. Once an IPA Request has been approved by the Bureau, the student may attend the program. Data entry of the IPA placement into NHSEIE is done by the Bureau, not by the school district.
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