Modern-day education allows parents to choose what type of school is best for their child. Many factors go into this choice, including income, accessibility, and the child’s talents and interests. These ten options are available in most states and districts.
1. Public schools
Public schools are just that—available to the public. They receive funding from all government levels and, in return, are required to accept all students living within specific boundaries. If you are not comfortable with the area’s school system, you may want to enrol your child in an international school like The Perse School Singapore.
2. Neighborhood schools
Neighborhood schools are a subset of public schools, servicing the children in specific neighborhoods. Some local schools have such a good reputation that parents will move to send their child to that school, where they can walk to school and neighborhood friends will be their classmates.
3. Specialized public schools
Many school districts now offer schools with specialized curriculums or features typically not available at public schools. These features may include:
- Emphasis on a particular subject matter or activity
- More-challenging studies for high performers
- A higher level of individual attention for struggling students
- Dress code and stricter discipline for behaviorally challenged children
- Non-traditional environment for students who cannot adapt to traditional public schooling
These schools are typically smaller and more comfortable environments for students.
4. Charter schools
Charter schools are one form of specialized public schools. They often operate outside of the parameters that guide traditional public schools and provide the students with an environment rich in creativity, innovation, and exploration. Since they are still considered public schools, charter schools are held accountable to the state and local education departments’ standards.
5. Magnet schools
Another type of specialized public school is the magnet school, available to students throughout the district interested in a specific subject matter. Some magnet schools may require students to take an entrance exam to confirm their talent while others accept students with just an interest. Magnet schools often concentrate on the performing arts, science, or technology.
6. Special education schools
Special education public schools focus on providing an adapted curriculum and a safe environment for children with multiple conditions such as hearing- and sight-impaired, mental challenges, physical disabilities, emotional challenges, and other issues. For these children, non-specialized public education is difficult, if not impossible.
7. Virtual schools
Many students across the United States have started the 2020-2021 school year attending virtual schools. The curriculum mirrors that of the traditional public school with the only difference being the technology component.
Some school districts offer virtual or distance learning continually, just not in a time of crisis. It may be a full- or part-time curriculum with the student’s individual needs in mind.
8. Advanced Placement courses
High-performing students are often able to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The content is demanding and ends with a national AP exam. A good grade on this exam may result in college credit being granted.
9. Nonpublic schools
Some parents choose to send their children to nonpublic or private schools. Income and accessibility are factors involved in choosing to send a child to a private school. Can the parents afford it? Is there a school nearby?
Religious private schools make up most nonpublic schools, allowing children to learn per the parents’ religious beliefs. Secular private schools have no religious affiliation and often prepare the student for college. Other secular private schools are known for their name and reputation, such as Montessori.
10. Home schools
Homeschooling has been growing in popularity in the last several years. Parents have the option of designing the curriculum and training materials or purchasing resources supplied by home school companies. In the end, the students must meet requirements set by the state and local education departments.
Although having multiple schooling choices can be overwhelming, having the ability to provide your child with an education targeted to their needs is a huge benefit. Research the options available in your area and choose the best option for your child.