School Choice in


Massachusetts provides K–12 students and their families some school choice, including charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and inter- and intra-district public school choice via open enrollment. Massachusetts does not a private school choice program.

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Private School Choice

Massachusetts does not have a private school choice program, though state lawmakers have considered a tax-credit scholarship proposal in the past.

Public School Choice

Massachusetts has inter-district and intra-district open enrollment policies, which allow some students to attend traditional public schools outside their zoned school. Massachusetts has some magnet schools.

Charter Schools

Massachusetts has some charter schools, which are publicly funded schools that are free from many of the regulations that restrict traditional public schools.


Parents have to meet certain laws in Massachusetts when homeschooling their children.