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Welcome to Julie Billiart Schools, a family of K-8 coeducational, independent day schools for children with learning differences.

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Julie Billiart Schools are providers of two state scholarships that help to cover the cost of tuition. We are extremely grateful that we are able to provide families with these opportunities when it comes to making our educational experience and onsite therapies affordable. Check out this short resource for a high-level overview of the difference between the two scholarships, how they can be used, and the overall award amounts.

History of the scholarships by the numbers!

  • 2003 - The Autism Scholarship goes into effect
    • It is the second oldest scholarship for students with disabilities in the country
  • 2004 - For the first year ever, 70 students are able to use the Autism scholarship
  • 2007 - The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship was almost enacted but was vetoed
  • 2009 - 1,049 students utilize the Autism Scholarship
  • 2011 - The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship was enacted, after 8 full years it finally passed
  • 2012 - The first group of students utilized the Jon Peterson Scholarship
  • Each year the number of students taking advantage of each scholarship continues to grow!
  • 2020 - Nearly 4000+ students in the State of Ohio utilize the Autism Scholarship

Jon Peterson vs. Autism Scholarship - A brief explanation of each as defined by the Ohio Department of Education.

What Is Ohio’s Jon Peterson Scholarship Program? The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN) gives the parents of children with disabilities the choice to send their child to special education programs other than the one operated by their school district of residence to receive the education and the services outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

What is the Autism Scholarship Program? 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).

How can scholarship awards be used?

  • Educational Services
  • Intervention Services
  • Speech & Language therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Hearing Services
  • Tutoring
  • Music Therapy
  • Counseling Services
  • Special Transportation Services

In short, scholarship awards can be used to cover the cost of services set in place on the child’s IEP.

Award Amounts

The Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarships do not have equal amounts. The Autism Scholarship recipients were awarded $31,500 for the 2021-2022 and will be awarded $32,455 for the 2022-2023 school year. The Jon Peterson Scholarship amounts vary based on the category of disability and can range from $7,731 to $27,000. Efforts are still being made to see an increase for our Jon Peterson families as we know how crucial these funds are to their education. You can learn more about Julie Billiart Schools' efforts here.

Understanding Your Scholarships: JPSN vs. Autism

For more information on scholarship providers, you can check out the Ohio Department of Education! They also have more information on additional scholarships and how the funds can be used. https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

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