Held every January, National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children. Featuring tens of thousands of events and celebrations, NSCW is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education. The goal of NSCW is to raise awareness about the K-12 education options available to children and families, while spotlighting the benefits of school choice.
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.
NSCW events and 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 events, meetings, or activities that best meet their objectives. For example, while some participants choose to plan school fairs, others opt to plan parent information session, open houses, or other types of events.
No. We do not charge any licensing fees for people who want to plan events, meetings or activities to celebrate NSCW. In fact, if you are interested in planning an event during NSCW, you may be able to receive free NSCW supplies by using one of our sign up forms. Of course, event planners are responsible for any incidental costs they choose to incur to enhance their events (such as snacks, A/V equipment, etc.)
In January, visit our website and look at our online events map. Please note that not every event planned for NSCW is posted to our map. Some events, meetings, or activities, such as ones designed for students at a specific school, might not be posted.
National School Choice Week 2021 will be held from January 24 to 30, 2021.
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.
National School Choice Week supplies, including our signature yellow fleece scarves, are provided at no cost. Schools, organizations, and individuals who request these materials may only use them for the educational purposes that align with National School Choice Week’s 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.
NSCW’s yellow fleece scarves have become one of America’s most recognized symbols of opportunity in education. We recognize that while every event, meeting, or activity during NSCW focuses on different aspects of school choice, the scarves provide a bright, colorful, and energetic way to link these unique events together. Furthermore, this helps show all events as part of a broader national celebration. You are not required to use supplies to participate, but we encourage you to sign up to receive supplies so that you can affiliate your event with the overall national celebration.
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.
No. National School Choice Week 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 National School Choice Week materials for any purposes that do not align with these values or with National School Choice Week’s mission.
"Shining a spotlight on effective educational options for every child"