The 5 main categories of schools in America

In our previous post, we briefly looked at the two broad levels that make up the American education sector that is the compulsory and the higher education level. In this post we are going to take the lesson a bit further by looking into the categories of schools you will typically find in the compulsory level.

These are the 5 main categories of schools in America.

1 Public schools

In the United States of America, public schools are essentially the schools that are mainly run by the respective States and the local administration. Ultimately, the responsibility to ensure the smooth running of these institutions falls on the state. These will include schools at all levels from elementary to college/university.

2 Private schools

In the United States of America, private schools are essentially schools that are independently run by individuals or organizations that are not affiliated to government. They also include schools in all levels from kindergarten to college/university.

3 Charter schools

In the United States of America, charter schools are essentially schools that are funded by the government but are operated independent of the state in which they are located. They are a typical example of public asset privatization.

4 College-preparatory schools

In the United States of America, college-preparatory schools, which are simply called prep schools are schools that are typically not subjected to government oversight and will often be accredited by regional accreditation agencies.

5 Home schooling

In the United States of America, parents who can’t take or don’t want to take their children to any of the above schools for one reason or the other, are allowed to home school their children. This essentially entails taking their children through the education curriculum but from the comfort of their homes.

We trust that this article has given you valuable insight on the categories of schools in the American education system.

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