School Choice in

North Dakota

North Dakota provides K–12 students and their families very little school choice. Families’ only options are home schooling and inter-district public school choice via open enrollment. North Dakota does not have a private school choice program, charter schools or magnet schools.

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Private School Choice

North Dakota does not have a private school choice program.

Public School Choice

North Dakota has an inter-district open enrollment policy, which allow some students to attend traditional public schools outside their district. North Dakota does not have magnet schools.

Charter Schools

North Dakota is one of the few states that does not have 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 North Dakota when homeschooling their children.