Tennessee

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.

Traditional Public Schools

Parents in Tennessee can send their children to traditional public schools. Learn more about traditional public schools

Public School Choice Program

Tennessee has a program that lets parents send their children to different public schools outside of their zoned boundaries.

Public Charter Schools

Parents in Tennessee can send their children to public charter schools. Learn more about public charter schools

Public Magnet Schools

Parents in Tennessee can send their children to theme-based public magnet schools. Learn more about magnet schools

Virtual Schools

Tennessee offers free, full-time online education open to the public administered by the state, a district, or an independent organization. Learn more about virtual schools

Private Schools

Parents in Tennessee can send their children to private schools. Learn more about private schools

Private School Choice Program

Tennessee has a state-sponsored scholarship program to provide parents with tuition assistance for private schools.

Homeschooling

Parents in Tennessee have the freedom to educate their children in the home. Learn more about 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.