Institute for Quality Education and its partners are working with legislative leaders to expand school choice options and programs as well as establish new programs that will further empower parents.
For a map of the school options available to you in your neighborhood and community, click here.
Some of the programs available to Hoosier families are:
- Traditional Public
Charter School (Public)
A charter school is a free, public school where a student is not required to reside in any given area or district in order to attend. This option typically offers a unique educational model and is held to a high level of accountability by both its authorizing entity and its most important stakeholder: the families themselves.
There are roughly 70 charter schools throughout the state of Indiana and they serve about 30,000 students. More information on charter schools can be found at www.incharters.org.
Process for Enrolling in a Charter School
Contact the local charter school you are interested in and ask them about their application process.
Virtual School (Public)
A virtual school is a public school option that teaches through online methods. This is a free and accredited option that is available to Hoosier students in grades K-12.
Process for Enrolling in a Virtual School
Contact the virtual school you are interested in and ask them about their application process. The following are some of your virtual school options:
Traditional Public School
Traditional public schools are available in neighborhoods and communities throughout Indiana.
Transfer programs are available, which allows a student to transfer to a neighboring public school or school district. However, restrictions may apply.
If you are interested in looking into transferring to a neighboring public school, contact the public school of interest and ask if they accept out of district students. If they say yes, you may want to ask if there is a fee associated with transferring to their school.
Process for Enrolling in a Traditional Public School
Contact the local public school you are interested in and ask them about their application process.
If you are interested in looking into transferring to a neighboring public school, contact the public school of interest and ask if they accept out of district students. If they say yes, you may want to ask if there is a fee associated with their school.
Magnet Public School
Magnet schools are district operated schools that offer niche or focused curriculum areas for students within the district that excel in a particular subject area. For elementary schools, some of the subjects include performing arts, math, and science. For high schools, subjects include humanities and visual arts, business and financial studies, and international studies.
Process for Enrolling in a Magnet School
Contact the local magnet school you are interested in and ask them about their application process.
Private schools are an alternative to public school options. For many Hoosier families, private school is now affordable due to the Choice Scholarship (voucher) Program and the Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
There are nearly 300 private schools throughout the state of Indiana that are participating in the Choice Scholarship Program and more than 9,300 children using a Choice Scholarship. Click here for a list of participating private schools or here for a map of schools in your area.
How to Apply for the Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program:
- Determine if your family is eligible for a voucher by clicking here. School Choice Indiana has compiled the most up-to-date eligibility requirements for you to review. Once you've confirmed that you fit within those requirements, you can start looking for private schools!
- Review the list of participating private schools to find a school that is best for your child. You are welcome to use a new school chooser guide (available in both English and Spanish).
- Contact the private school you're interested in to begin the application process. NOTE: You MUST apply through the private school. That is the ONLY way to receive a voucher.
Please keep in mind, the Indiana Department of Education will not accept applications for one student at multiple schools. You must select one school in order to get your voucher.
How to Apply for the Tax Credit Scholarship Program:
- Determine if your family is eligible for a tax credit scholarship by clicking here.
- Find the private school that best meets the child's needs.
- Begin the application process at the school.
NOTE: Not all schools work with a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which are the non-for-profit organizations that distribute tax credit scholarships. Be sure to ask the school you're interested in if they work with an SGO. If they do, the school should be able to give you an application for a tax credit scholarship.
Parents can choose to elect out of private or public schools and educate their children in their own homes. While homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, each state has its own statutes and regulations governing the practice.
Homeschool parents can now receive a $1,000 tax deduction per K-12 child they homeschool. Tax forms can be found by clicking here.
For more information on homeschooling, visit: www.iahe.net.