The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational 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 student's educational records.


    Based on the Texas Education Commissions Rule 89.1049, students who have reached the age of majority (18) or are attending school beyond the high school level share these rights with their parents unless parental rights have been terminated by judicial decree. Students to whom these rights have transferred are called eligible students.                     


    A parent /eligible student may, upon request, inspect the records of the student. East Fort Worth Montessori Academy (EFWMA) will comply with any such requests as soon as possible but in no case later than 45 days after request. EFWMA will be glad to assist parents with interpretations or explanations of the records. A parent/eligible student may supply a written request for a representative of theirs to request and inspect records of that student/individual. Such requests cannot be honored except by written request. EFWMA assumes either parent of the student has the right to inspect records of that student unless it is supplied legal evidence to the contrary. EFWMA reserves the right to determine whether such evidence is satisfactory.


    Parents/ eligible students have the right to request EFWMA records believed 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 EFWMA still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record commenting on the contested information in the record.

    Generally, EFWMA must have written permission from parents/eligible students before releasing any information from a student's record. However, the law allows EFWMA to disclose records, without consent, to the following parties:

    • School employees who have a need to know

    • Other schools to which a student is transferring

    • Certain government officials in order to carry out lawful functions

    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student

    • Organizations conducting certain studies for schools

    • Accredited organizations

    • Persons who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies                  

    • State and local authorities, operating within the State law