Educational Options

Because each student learns differently, the state supports a variety of educational options for PK-12 students and adult learners.

These options include traditional public schools; charter, vocational/technical, and virtual schools; and other educational programs beyond your home district, such as those offered through school choice.

Families may also choose to send their child to a private or parochial school or, with prior approval of the home district, educate their child at home. A list of private and parochial schools in each town can be found in the School and District Profiles Directory. Additional information for families can be found at the Family Portal.

For more information about school options in Massachusetts, please see Choosing a School: A Parent's Guide to Educational Choices in Massachusetts.

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Center for Educational Options Mission Statement:

We expand, enhance, and ensure equitable access to high quality educational options for learners of all ages, especially for those who have been historically underserved.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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