School Choice in


Virginia offers K–12 students and their families several types of school choice, including a private school choice program, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and intra-district public school choice via an open enrollment policy.

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Private School Choice

Virginia has one private school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship. The program helps some families send their children to participating private schools.

Public School Choice

Virginia has an intra-district open enrollment policy, which allows some students to transfer to traditional public schools within their district. Virginia also has magnet schools.

Charter Schools

Virginia has a few charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are free of many of the regulations that restrict traditional public schools.


Parents have to follow certain laws in Virginia when homeschooling their children.