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School Options

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School Options

When looking for the best fit school for your child, it’s important to know what your options are. Be sure to explore all of your options before committing to just one.

We suggest families apply to at least three different schools for their children. That way, if your child is not admitted to your first-choice school, you still have other options.

The best-fit school is a personal choice for your family. Therefore, we cannot recommend any particular model over another. Parents are in the best position to decide which option best suits the needs of their child.

District Zoned Schools

Your DISTRICT ZONED SCHOOL is your neighborhood public school. Students are zoned to public schools based on where they live. The student body represents the diversity of your local community. District schools serve all students without restrictions. 

Magnet Schools

A public MAGNET SCHOOL has a specific area of focus, such as math, fine arts, science or health. These programs are tuition-free, and generally will provide transportation for their students.

Some cities offer vanguard schools, which are magnet schools that accept students who have been identified as gifted or talented.

Private Schools

RELIGIOUS and PRIVATE SCHOOLS are non-public schools traditionally supported by student tuition. Private schools may offer programming and curriculum that differs from public schools. Expect tuition, though most private schools offer scholarships or financial aid.

Home Schooling & Online Schools

HOMESCHOOLING, virtual schools and ONLINE LEARNING are nontraditional education options, open to parents looking for more individualized education.

Charter Schools

CHARTER SCHOOLS are public schools of choice: families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools, yet are held accountable for academic results and student achievement.

Parents submit applications directly to the charter schools they want their children to attend. If a public charter school receives more applications than the number of seats it has available, all applications will be drawn at random through a blind lottery.

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