Education has always been very important to me, I was definitely one of those little kids that had a classroom of students (which were stuffed bears) that I gave daily lessons to over summer break. I took many undergrad classes in attempt to get a degree for a career that would pay more than teaching, however, in 2008 I received my degree in Early Childhood Education.
I even homeschooled two of my children until the oldest requested to go back into the traditional school setting. Fast forward to 2017 and we began to explore a new type of schooling with our youngest son.
Many parents are not aware of the many options that are available to educate their children and continuously rely on traditional public schools, which in some cases are negatively impacting their children.
Charter schools that have no tuition, however, parents must submit an application for their children to enroll due to limited spaces available. Charter schools allows teachers and administrators to function independently from traditional public schools.
Magnet Schools are free also, these schools specialize in certain subjects such as technology, arts or science.
Online/ Virtual schools require the same academic tests and management as brick-and-mortar schools. Students have access to coursework 24/7 and communication with teachers are available to both student and parents with the same standards as traditional schools.
Boarding schools offer lodging and meals to students and require them to live on campus for the entire school year.
Language Immersion schools can fully or partially immerse students in a second language throughout the day in all subject areas.
Montessori schools focuses on their students as individuals and put great emphasis on exploring and learning through hands on activities.
Religious schools are very self explanatory, they are schools with religious affiliations.
Unschooling is a method hat allows children to learn as they gain interest in certain areas of life. Curriculum packs are not purchased or relied to teach students, tests are not administered and for many families there is no scheduled learning times.
Homeschooling parents take on the role as teaches, they plan lessons and activities without the input of their children. Parents usually rely on store bought curriculums and set a learning schedule to follow daily.
I hope this brief guide gives you an insight to the choices you have available and prompt your research in the schooling you feel will best fit your family.