The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record; however, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  1. School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  2. Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  3. Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  4. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  5. Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  6. Accrediting organizations;
  7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  8. Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  9. State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance; however, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1 (800) 877-8339.

Or you may contact them at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920

Americans with Disabilities Act

Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabilities. By breaking down these barriers, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will enable society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities, will allow us all to gain from their increased purchasing power and ability to use it, and will lead to fuller, more productive lives for all Americans.

The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

Educational Psychological Testing Resources

Center for Learning & Behavioral Studies
33 Creek Rd, Suite C-320
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 654-2424

LearningRx Newport Beach
4020 Birch Street, Suite 103
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 262-0333

Center for Depth Psychology
Steven M. Harris, Ph.D.
1400 Quail Street, Suite 210
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(714) 290-1506
Sharon Crosby, MS
14150 Culver Drive #307
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 857-0760

Psychiatrist Referrals

For additional referral and specialty information in Orange County call the Orange County Psychiatrist Society at (714) 978-3016 or go to their website at

Julie J. Giglio, MD
161 Fashion Lane, Suite 203
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 730-1433

Thomas H. Okamoto, MD
2130 East 4th Street, Suite 107
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 558-2460

What doctors can I go to on the VUSC insurance plan?

Go to for a list of preferred providers in the area. You will need to include your zip code and choose the Open Choice PPO plan as the health plan type.

Counseling Referrals

Journeys Counseling Ministry
1700 Adams Suite 214
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(714) 957-1973

Center for Individual and Family Therapy
882 Town and Country Road
Orange, CA 92668
(714) 558-9266

Turning Points Counseling
14943 Desman Road
La Mirada, CA 90638
(800) 998-6329