Scholarship Opportunities

Lawrence School is an approved provider for the Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) Scholarship as well as the Autism Scholarship.

Students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) from their public school district of residence qualify for funding. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the category of disability that has been identified by the local district.

Jon Peterson Scholarship

Overview

Lawrence School is a provider of the Jon Peterson Scholarship (JPS), which is available through the Ohio Department of Education.

The program provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence. The amount of each scholarship is based on the disability identified on the student's IEP and does not exceed $27,000.

Before a family may consider using JPS at Lawrence School, the student must first be accepted into Lawrence School by the Admission Office. For more information about applying to Lawrence School, please see: Admissions Process.

After you have completed the application process and have been accepted into Lawrence School, you will want to contact the Student Advocacy and Support Services department at 330.908.6822. The SASS department can answer all of your Jon Peterson Scholarship questions.

Important Deadlines

Due to recent state legislation, application deadlines have been eliminated for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program.

Autism Scholarship

Overview

The Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) gives the parents of children with autism who qualify for a scholarship the choice to send the child to a special education program other than the one operated by the school district of residence to receive their education and the services outlined in the child's individualized education program (IEP).

Before a family may consider using the Autism Scholarship at Lawrence School, the student must first be accepted into Lawrence School by the Admission Office. For more information about applying to Lawrence School, please see: Admissions Process.

After you have completed the application process and have been accepted into Lawrence School, you will want to contact the Student Advocacy and Support Services department at 330.908.6822.

The SASS department can answer all of your Autism Scholarship questions.

Any student who has been identified by their district as a child with autism and for whom the district has created an individualized education plan (IEP) qualifies for the Autism Scholarship program.

The student must have a current IEP from the district of residence that is finalized and all parties, including the parent, must be in agreement with the IEP. A child is eligible to apply to participate in the program when the child turns three.

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.

Important Dates

The Autism Scholarship Program runs from July 1 to June 30 for each school year.

Let Us Help you!

Our Student Advocacy & Support Services Department assists families with the ODE’s non-public special needs scholarship programs (Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship) and is Lawrence’s liaisons with public school systems.

  • We partner with Lawrence families in maintaining Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Multi-Factored Evaluations (MFEs), Evaluation Team Reports (ETRs) and IEP progress reports, and coordinate the state of Ohio’s mandated testing requirements for the school.
  • We prepare documents to share with public school districts so that the needs of students in Lawrence’s unique learning environment can be communicated.
  • We attend meetings with parents, advocate for student needs and translate the public school processes and system so that our families can benefit from non-public opportunities.

Ashton Barnes

Ashton Barnes

Lower School Dean of Students
Lower School
Denise Brown-Triolo, Ph.D.

Denise Brown-Triolo, Ph.D.

Director of Student Advocacy and Support Services
Upper and Lower School
Amy Sheeler

Amy Sheeler

School Psychologist
Lower School