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IEA Program Update

                                                                                 June 29, 2018

2018-19 IEA Program School Applications Update

Applications for private schools to participate in the IEA Program for the 2018-19 school year are open year-round. So far, nine private schools have been approved to participate in the IEA Program and are included on the list of 2018-19 participating schools posted on the IEA webpage (here).

If you have any questions, please contact the IEA team at (615) 253–3781 or


2018–19 IEA Parent & Private Schools Handbooks

The 2018–19 IEA Parent Handbook and 2018-19 Private Schools Handbook are now posted on the IEA web page (here). There have been numerous changes to the handbooks from the prior year’s editions based on feedback from parents, private schools, and other stakeholders.

All IEA account holders and approved parent/student applicants must read the 2018–19 IEA Parent Handbook in its entirety before signing the 2018–19 IEA Account Holder Contract.

All participating school principals must read both the 2018–19 IEA Parent Handbook and 2018-19 Private Schools Handbook.

If you have any questions about the handbooks, please email


Expense Report Summary

The expense report summary for quarter three of the 2017-18 school year is now posted on the IEA web page (here). The expense report summaries include data such as the amount of IEA funding distributed and the amount of IEA funds spent on each type of expense for that quarter. The department cannot publish the individual expense information, as it is confidential student information protected under FERPA. 

Additional Resources for Parents

The Arc Tennessee
The Arc is the nation’s largest organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, with a 65-year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying, and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities. For more information, please visit https://www.thearc 
or contact: (800) 835-7077,

Get to Know the IEA Participating Schools: Silverdale Baptist Academy
Silverdale Baptist Academy is a private school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that serves students in grades K-12. Founded in 1999, the school’s mission is to “partner with families in order to provide an environment of academic excellence with a Biblical worldview.” The school’s Instructional Support Department is a program designed to provide students with a multi-tiered system of support. These are services that will help students achieve academic success and can be accessed through several pathways. The Instructional Support Department works in conjunction with the classroom teachers, parents, principals, and any current therapists to provide academic support for the students of Silverdale Baptist Academy. 

The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about the school, please visit or contact: 423-892-2319 ext. 2207 or

The full list of schools approved to participate in the IEA Program is posted on the IEA webpage (here).



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