School Choice Options In Tennessee

There are a variety of school choice options available for many of the 1.5 million children living in Tennessee. Families in Tennessee can choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. To download a full guide to school choice options for families in the Volunteer State, click here.

Public School Open Enrollment

State allows parents to choose any traditional public school for their child, regardless of location?

Public Charter Schools

State has a charter school law allowing for the creation of charter schools?

Public Magnet Schools

State permits public magnet and theme-based schools?

Online Learning

State offers free, full-time online academies, either run by the state or independent organization?

Private School Choice

State offers a private school choice scholarship or tax deduction program?

Homeschooling Freedom

Parents are free to educate their children at home (homeschooling)?

NSCW in Tennessee

National School Choice Week 2019 will be held from January 20-26, 2019. We encourage all schools, homeschool groups, organizations and individuals to sign up to receive a free box of NSCW supplies for our celebrations in 2019. Click here for more information.

During National School Choice Week 2018, Tennessee celebrated National School Choice Week with a record-breaking 640 events and activities across the state. Governor Bill Haslam issued an official proclamation recognizing January 21-27, 2018 as Tennessee School Choice Week.

Understanding School Choice Options

This type of school choice is permitted in the state.

This type of school choice is not permitted in the state.

The state may permit this type of school choice. Please consult state policies for more information.