Minnesota is a national leader in school choice options. Legislation has been in place for many years that allows students and parents to choose the schooling option they deem best. Additionally, under the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, students and parents, under certain circumstances, have the right to choose a school or district outside their attendance area.
School and Enrollment Choices
This MDE webpage outlines school and enrollment options for Minnesota parents and students, with links to various resources, forms, and important steps and dates for those considering enrolling open enrollment. Learn more about School and Enrollment Choices
Charter schools are independent public schools of choice for parents and students. They typically offer unique educational programs and students can expect quality education with a focus on results. They do not charge tuition, and there are no admission requirements. Contact a charter school directly to find out about the type of programs it offers and its enrollment options. Learn more about Charter Schools
Online learning provides a means for students to continue, expand or enhance their education. Online learning offers students opportunities to which they might not otherwise have access. Minnesota public school students may enroll in a full-time online program or they may choose to take supplemental online courses (taken in place of a course period during the regular school day). The MDE website offers key information on online learning, as well as approved online providers and forms for student enrollment. Learn more about Online Learning
Alternative education is designed for students who are at risk of educational failure. State-Approved Alternative Programs are classified as Area Learning Centers (ALC), Alternative Learning Programs (ALP), Contracted Alternatives, and Targeted Services for students in kindergarten through grade 8. Instruction is designed to meet individual student learning styles as well as their social and emotional needs. Teachers build connections with students and focus on vocational and career skills, including independent study options. Community, county and state partnerships provide additional support and resources. Learn more about Alternative Learning