School Choice: What Is It, And Why Is It Good For Families in NH?

School Choice: What Is It, And Why Is It Good For Families in NH?

By Samantha Wingate, Director Of Admissions, World Academy

What is School Choice?

Put simply, “school choice” refers to options and resources available to parents looking to send their child to the school that best suits their educational needs and wants.

As a result of recently-enacted laws in New Hampshire, parents around the Granite State now have expanded resources to send their child to more school choice options.

In many cases, this applies to students who would otherwise have no other affordable option but to attend their designated public school.

Which school choice resources are available for parents?

For parents in New Hampshire interested in exercising their child’s school choice options, two educational choice programs currently exist on the state level: the Town Tuitioning Program and the Education Tax Credit Program.

Town Tuitioning Program

Enacted and launched in 2017, New Hampshire’s Town Tuitioning Program – also known as the “Croydon Bill” – allows towns without school districts that match a student’s current grade level to re-allocate the same amount of per-student funding that would go to public schools for students to instead attend their choice of any public or approved private, non-religious school in or outside of the Granite State.

Education Tax Credit Program

Also available to Granite State parents and students looking to exercise their school choice options is the New Hampshire Educational Tax Credit, which incentivizes businesses to donate to scholarship-granting non-profit organizations in return for tax credits. Families can then apply for scholarships through these non-profits and put that money toward private schooling, tutoring, online learning, classes at colleges or universities, and/or homeschooling expenses.

Ways to Get Started

For families looking to take advantage of the educational options available through the Town Tuitioning Program or Educational Tax Credit program, the NH Department of Education offers a compendium of information regarding State Aid Programs that may help you determine whether or not your student meets eligibility standards for these programs.

We must also keep in mind that many programs offer scholarships or tuition assistance to support those families whose student would benefit from the school but cannot afford them.  Be sure to check into those options as well.

We have a mandate to advocate for our state’s students and inform parents that they have choices when developing their child’s long range educational plans. All of the above are worth investigating when choosing the best education for your child.

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World Academy is a state licensed, independent, developmentally-appropriate and academically rigorous private school for children from ages six weeks through Grade 8. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, it offers high quality Early Childhood Programs, Elementary and Middle School, Before and Afterschool Programs, and Summer Quest Camp. For almost 40 years the school has been dedicated to providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century, diverse, “whole child” focused education that supports families and engages all facets of a child’s being, including cognitive/intellectual, physical, social-emotional, cultural and creative aspects.

 

For more information, contact Samantha Wingate, Director of Admissions at 603-888-1982.

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