Different non-public schools offer alternatives in teaching styles, content, and learning opportunities.

Families may use some educational choice options, such as ESAs and opportunity scholarships, to fund what will enable their children best to succeed.

  • The majority of non-public schools are religious private schools. Many are affiliated with a denomination, local church, or religious faith such as Roman Catholic, Protestant, conservative Christian, Greek Orthodox, JewishMuslim, Buddhist, or other.
  • Some secular private schools are college preparatory. Others are based on a particular educational philosophy or approach to learning; have a special education focus, such as schools for the deaf or blind; or have been established for families and children who may be dissatisfied with various aspects of conventional schools.
  • Online learning allows students to work with their curriculum and teachers over the Internet—in combination with, or in place of, traditional classroom learning. Online schools can be public or private.