Schools that are operated by private companies or organizations, including religious groups, instead of public agencies. They generally are supported by tuition and/or private donations.
The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.