Virtual Private School
Virtual private schools and virtual public are virtually (see what we did there!) the same thing. Virtual private schools are web based, but, like traditional private schools, charge tuition, have a say on who attends their school, are not required to follow the state mandated regulations and are not funded by the government.
Only certain states have virtual private schools. The amazing part is, since it’s private, any student can attend he or she only has to meet the financial, academic or any other requirements for entry!
Click your state to find out what virtual private options are available to you!
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 is a truly unique educational option! Students who participate in this option spend a couple days a week learning in a brick & mortar setting and a few days studying/learning from home. Blended learning can be any combination of learning styles. The combination is up for parents to decide which options to blend together, all based on their students learning needs.
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Home education, a.k.a. home schooling, is probably the most flexible option of any of the school choice options. Parents teach their students from home using any curriculum they would like to teach their children. Each state has a set of laws for homeschooling. Some states are more regulated and may require parents to operate under some sort of umbrella program. While other states are more relaxed with their laws and regulations.
We’ve researched each state’s home school regulations – find them here!
Dual enrollment is for high school students wishing to receive college credit before seeking higher education. Students, in traditional/virtual brick and mortar public and private schools, might have the cost of the college classes covered by the school they attend. However, if a student is home schooled the family is responsible for any tuition or fees required to attend.
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