Traditional public schools educate children in communities across America. They are funded by taxpayers, managed by public school districts, and do not charge tuition.
In addition to offering neighborhood schools – such as elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools – traditional public school districts usually offer some level of vocational and technical education options for older students.
In some states and localities, children are assigned to attend a specific traditional public school based on geographic zones established by school districts.
In other places, parents have the flexibility to send their children to any public school within a district, or even to a public school outside of their district. These public school choice options, which are referred to as “open enrollment” policies, are becoming more popular.