NEXT WEEK: Virginia Families Seek to Boost Awareness of K-12 Options

News Release | January 19, 2023

(National School Choice Week) — Virginia schools, organizations, and individuals are planning celebrations of educational opportunity this month as traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning options, private schools, and home educators highlight their unique choices.

During the last two years, families and educators in Virginia have faced the academic consequences of the pandemic. A survey this month by the National School Choice Awareness Foundation showed that 53.7 percent of parents have recently explored or are currently considering new options for their child’s education. During School Choice Week 2023, parents can learn about school choice and attend local events as they consider their K-12 options for the next school year.

The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) released in 2022 underlined the need to invest in quality education options. Virginia students experienced greater learning losses than the national average.

The Week will bring helpful and handy information that parents need in order to support their kids. The Week is the best time of the year for families to consider their education options for the next school year.

Across the country, parents can choose between traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, homeschooling, and newer options like learning pods or microschooling.

But education policies vary from state to state. In Virginia, the state allows each district to set its own open enrollment policies, so choice among traditional public schools varies for families. There are a handful of public charter and public magnet schools throughout the state. Parents can choose full-time online public schools, homeschooling, and private schools as well, with a state-run scholarship program for low-income families and students with special needs.

“Supporting school choice and raising awareness about education options is particularly important this month,” said Shelby Doyle, vice president of public awareness at the National School Choice Awareness Foundation. “This is a key time of year for parents to begin the school search process for the fall, and the information and activities available this week will help kickstart that journey.”

To download a guide to Virginia school choice, use the school finder tool to search schools in your area or see celebration photos visit

National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, public charter, public magnet, online, private, and homeschooling. Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. NSCW is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.