When you first open the website, a popup appears asking for your name and address so that you can see all of the school options available to you (this information is also available in Spanish). The filters on the side of the screen let you filter schools by location, enrollment type (traditional, charter, or private), grades served, performance letter grade (provided by the Department of Public Instruction), and whether or not the school is religious. This includes all of North Carolina’s 2,563 traditional public schools, 203 public charter schools, and 846 private schools.
Once you identify which options would be best for you, you can get an overview of each school, including additional information like:
“We are thrilled to provide this resource to families as they are exploring their educational options, perhaps now more than ever. We think families will find it to be user-friendly and easy to navigate, removing barriers for families to access the school that best fits their child’s needs,” said Allison Guenther, VP of External Affairs of PEFNC.
School choice is an important priority when it comes to education. Not every child will thrive in the same educational environment, and the opportunity for parents to select a learning environment that best fits their child will help children and their families thrive. Not only that, but there is evidence that expanding school choice actually helps improve traditional public schools. PragerU recently released a video explaining why this works. Overall, school choice benefits everyone involved, and this improved website is a valuable resource to North Carolina parents as they explore their options.