School Choice in


Maryland offers K–12 students and their families a few types of school choice, including one private school choice program, charter schools, magnet schools and home schooling. Maryland does not offer any type of public school choice through open enrollment.

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Private School Choice

Maryland has one private school choice program, a school voucher. This program helps families send their children to participating private schools.

Public School Choice

Maryland does not have intra-district or inter-district open enrollment policies, which would allow parents to transfer their children to traditional public schools outside of and within their district. Maryland does have magnet schools.

Charter Schools

Maryland 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 Maryland when homeschooling their children.