Traditional Public Schools


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.