What is National School Choice Week?

National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children and is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in K-12 education. NSCW features tens of thousands of events and activities each January, which are independently planned by schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals. In addition, NSCW develops and provides helpful, practical school search resources to families on a year-round basis.  In 2021, National School Choice Week’s January celebrations will solely focus on projects and activities, not in-person events, as the U.S. fights the spread of COVID-19. You can read more about NSCW here

What types of school choice does National School Choice Week celebrate?

We celebrate all types of K-12 options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. NSCW does not preference one type of education option over another. We trust parents to make the best choices for their individual children.

Who plans National School Choice Week activities?

NSCW activities are independently planned by thousands of schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals across the country. These schools, groups, and individuals decide how they want to celebrate NSCW and plan the types of activities that best meet their objectives. For 2021, National School Choice Week requests that all participants refrain from planning in-person events. We must all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

How is National School Choice Week responding to COVID-19?

To help curb the spread of COVID-19, we are asking schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals to refrain from holding in-person events for National School Choice Week 2021. Instead, we invite participants to celebrate using our non-event projects and activities that help raise awareness of effective education options, express gratitude for learning environments that are making a positive difference for children, or provide service and support to local schools or communities. 

Are there any fees to plan an activity or project during National School Choice Week?

No. We do not charge any licensing fees for people who want to plan activities or projects to celebrate NSCW. In fact, if you are interested in planning an activity during NSCW, you may be able to receive free NSCW supplies by using one of our sign up forms. Activity planners are responsible for the costs of their activities and projects. 

Will National School Choice Week provide free supplies to participants in 2021?

Yes! National School Choice Week will provide activity supplies to registered schools, homeschool groups, and organizations. These supplies include signage, wristbands, placards, stickers, and other activity-focused materials. Family participants will receive a free copy of the abridged version of The School Choice Roadmap book, along with custom digital content. 

 Will National School Choice Week provide free yellow fleece scarves to participants in 2021?

No. As part of our commitment to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are not providing event-related supplies to participants. We will resume providing free event supplies, including our signature yellow fleece scarves, to participants in 2022.      

How can I find out what is happening in my area during National School Choice Week?

In January, visit our website and look at our state-by-state pages. We provide a summary of how schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals are celebrating NSCW. Please note that with tens of thousands of activities being planned for 2021, we are unable to provide an exhaustive list of each project or celebration. 

When is National School Choice Week in 2021?

National School Choice Week 2021 will take place January 24 to 30, 2021.

Why is National School Choice Week held in January?

January is an ideal time for parents to start looking at schools for their children. If parents start searching for schools in January, they should have enough time to enroll their children for the following school year.

How can I receive supplies to celebrate National School Choice Week?

NSCW supplies are provided at no cost. Schools, organizations, and individuals who request these materials may only use them for the educational purposes that align with NSCWs inclusive, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical mission. To receive these supplies, schools and organizations must request them using one of our sign up forms, however, these supplies are limited. For 2021, our supply kits will be limited to activity packets for schools, homeschool groups, and organizations; and free school search resources for parents. Because of our commitment to helping curb the spread of COVID-19, we are asking participants to refrain from planning in-person events in 2021, and we will not distribute yellow fleece scarves. 

I just received a box of NSCW supplies. Why did they get sent to me?

If you received a box of NSCW supplies, someone associated with your school, homeschool group, chamber of commerce, or organization signed up to receive these supplies. Please ask your colleagues to identify the person who should receive the box. If you still feel that you have received this free gift in error please refer to this page for return instructions. 

Does National School Choice Week advocate for school choice legislation?

No. NSCW is a charitable, educational effort. Accordingly, we do not advocate – directly or indirectly – for or against any legislation or policy proposals. In addition, we advise participants to refrain from using NSCW materials for any purposes that do not align with these values or with NSCW’s mission. 



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