School Choice in


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

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Private School Choice

Tennessee has two private school choice programs, a school voucher and an education savings account. These programs help families send their children to participating private schools.

Public School Choice

Tennessee has inter-district and intra-district open enrollment policies, which allow students to transfer to traditional public schools outside their zoned schools. Tennessee also has magnet schools.

Charter Schools

Tennessee has some 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 Tennessee when homeschooling their children.