School Eligibility

What is the ECENC?

South Carolina’s ECENC helps students with special needs attend credentialed private schools. Parents can chose either tuition tax credits or scholarships funded by Exceptional SC.

How does a School Become Eligible?

New schools provide the EOC with an Assurance Form, indicating they meet eligibility criteria in order to be listed. At the end of the school year, the school also completes a Compliance Audit providing further proof they met, and maintained, all the requirements for participation. Schools seeking to renew provide both the Assurance Form as well as the Compliance Audit from the previous year.

What are the steps of school participation & compliance?

1. (Form A) Statement of Assurance certifying your school meets the definition of an eligible school, wants to participate in the program in 2016-17, and that your school will comply with the requirements of the law.

2. (Form B). The number and total amounts of grants received from each nonprofit scholarship funding organization in 2015-16

2. (Form C) Assessment data from 2015-16 documenting for each grade tested and for each grade with at least 10 students in the grade, the English Language Arts (reading) and mathematics achievement of students in the grade. High schools, may also provide PSAT, SAT or ACT scores of your students.

2. (Form D) Copy of a compilation, review, or compliance audit of the school’s financial statements, conducted by a certified public accounting firm.

3. Create or update an academic profile information for your school.

What is an Eligible School?

An Eligible School is one that can enroll exceptional needs students who’ve either been awarded grants from Exceptional SC or for whom tuition tax credits are claimed.

The schools must:

  • Be a private primary or secondary schools physically located within South Carolina
  • Not discriminate on basis of race, color or national origin in their admission of students
  • Use a curriculum which includes courses listed in state diploma requirements
  • Use a national or state standardized testing (waivers allowed in accordance with students’ ability status)
  • Have physical facilities that meet local, state and/or federal laws
  • Be a member of SACS, SCACS and/or SCISA
  • Provide Education Oversight Committee with test scores (waivers allowed in accordance with students’ ability status) and details of financial compliance.
  • Offer a program or learning center to provide student accommodations, or onsite educational services or supports; or be a dedicated special education school