Traditional Public Schools


Traditional public schools are established by school districts and are available for children in all 50 states. These schools do not charge tuition. Open enrollment policies make it possible for parents to choose traditional public schools that are outside of their zone or district.

In 9 states parents may select any traditional public school for their child, in any school district. In 18 states, open enrollment is available but is subject to restrictions or limitations. An additional 19 states have allowed districts and schools to decide whether to participate in open enrollment.

Source: Education Commission of the States, 2019

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