Virtual Private School
Virtual private schools and virtual public schools may seem alike, but there are some key differences. While both are web-based, virtual private schools operate similarly to traditional private schools in that they charge tuition, have admission criteria, and are not bound by state regulations. In contrast, virtual public schools are fully funded by the government and must follow state mandates. Virtual private schools are only available in select states, but their private status allows any eligible student to enroll regardless of their residence. Financial, academic, or other requirements may apply.
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Education Savings Account/Tax-Credit Scholarships/Vouchers
Education Savings Accounts, also known as ESAs, allow parents to move their children from the traditional public school to a private school or education option of their choice. Families participating in ESAs have funds deposited into a government-authorized savings account. Access to which is normally given to the families via debit card.
Below are some things the funds can be spent on:
- Covering private school tuition and fees,
- Online learning programs,
- Private tutoring,
- Community college costs,
- Higher education expenses
- Other approved customized learning services and material
Some ESAs, but not all, even allow students to use their funds to pay for a combination of public school courses and private services.
Tax-Credit Scholarships allow eligible taxpayers – individuals and businesses – to receive full or partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. Some states have scholarship-giving nonprofits that might also provide innovation grants to public schools and/or provide transportation assistance to students choosing to attend another public schools.
Vouchers allow parents the opportunity to choose a private school for their students. Parents can either use all or part of the public funding set aside for their student’s education. With vouchers, public funds that are typically allocated to a student are given to participating families in the form of a voucher. The voucher can be used to pay partial or full tuition for their child’s private school, including both religious and non-religious options.
Not every state has ESAs, tax-credit scholarships and vouchers, and they can be tricky to understand!
See if your state has one of these options and figure out how to navigate them here!
Blended Learning School
Blended learning offers a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that provides students with the best of both worlds. With this approach, students can spend a few days learning in a traditional classroom setting, and the rest of the week studying from home. The beauty of blended learning lies in its flexibility, as parents can tailor the educational “blend” to suit their child’s unique learning style and needs.
For blended learning options in your state look here!
Home education, also known as homeschooling, offers the greatest flexibility among school choice options. With this option, parents educate their children at home using a curriculum of their choice. Homeschooling laws vary by state, with some states imposing more regulations that require parents to work within an umbrella program. In contrast, other states have more relaxed laws and regulations that provide parents greater autonomy in their homeschooling approach.
We’ve researched each state’s home school regulations – find them here!
Dual enrollment is a program designed for high school students who desire to earn college credits before pursuing higher education. While students enrolled in traditional or virtual brick and mortar public and private schools may have their college tuition covered, families of home-schooled students are responsible for any costs associated with attending college courses.
Find more information about dual enrollment options in your state here!