Private or Religious Office (PRO)
Fax: 202-654 6071
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.
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, and
- 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 documents are required (and what is optional/voluntary).
PRO Eligibility and Process:
For Children ages 3 years through 5 years and 10 months
The first step to determine if a child in a private school is eligible for special education and may qualify for special education services is to refer a child to Early Stages, the office that handles referrals for all children (parentally-placed children and other children) ages 3 years through 5 years and 10 months for DCPS.
For Children 5 years and 11 months through 22 years old
The first step to determine if a child in a private school is eligible for special education and may qualify for special education services is to refer a child to the PRO.
Please download the Pro Referral Form for children who are 5 years and 10 month to 22 years.