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What You Need to Know About School Choice

Explore the role of school choice in shaping your child's educational journey. Discover why it's crucial today for individual learning styles, innovation, and equality, and how Primer Microschools accepts school choice scholarships.

May 13, 2024

Choosing the ideal learning environment for your kid is an important decision. It’s a decision that shapes the trajectory of their life, so why shouldn’t parents have a say?

Allowing parents to choose the best school for their family empowers parents to make an informed decision about their kid’s future. It ensures that each kid receives a learning experience that is best suited to their needs and potential, setting them up for long-term success.

Let’s explore the history of school choice and why it's a game-changer in today's world of education.

The rise of school choice

School choice has its origins in the educational reforms of the 20th century. Initially, public education systems were designed to be one-size-fits-all, but it became evident that this model didn't meet the diverse needs of all students. The idea of school choice emerged as a solution to this problem, advocating for the rights of parents to choose the best educational setting for their children, whether it's public, private, charter, or homeschooling.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, school choice gained momentum. Various factors contributed to this shift:

• Educational research: Studies showing the benefits of tailored education approaches fueled the movement.

• Policy changes: Governments began to introduce policies like vouchers, tax credits, and charter school laws, facilitating greater choice in education.

• Public demand: Growing dissatisfaction with the one-size-fits-all model led parents to seek more personalized educational options.

Why school choice is crucial today

In today's fast-paced, diverse, and ever-changing world, school choice is more important than ever:

Catering to individual learning styles

Every child is unique, with distinct learning styles and interests. School choice allows parents to select schools that best match their child's learning preferences, ensuring a more effective and enjoyable educational experience.

Encouraging innovation in education

Schools competing for students are incentivized to innovate and improve their offerings, leading to a higher overall quality of education.

Bridging socioeconomic gaps

School choice can help level the playing field by providing more opportunities for children from all backgrounds to access high-quality education.

Meeting special needs

Children with special needs or disabilities can benefit from schools that offer specialized programs and resources tailored to their requirements.

Flexibility and adaptability

In a world where change is constant, school choice offers the flexibility to adapt to new educational methods and technologies, preparing students for the future.

The Primer approach: embracing school choice

At Primer, we understand that every child's educational journey is unique, and we are proud to accept state scholarships to help fund your child’s education. At Primer, we accept the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and Family Empowerment Scholarships (FES) through Step Up for Students. In Arizona, Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) are available to families and processed through ClassWallet, with an average scholarship of $6,000 - $8,000 per student.

Click here to learn more about how state scholarships can help fund your family’s education at Primer.

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