National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week occurs during the last week of January, and it celebrates the philosophy of school choice in the United States. According to this philosophy, children all learn differently, and therefore, there should be various school options available to them.

Historically, school choice has existed since the founding of the U.S., when wealthy families often chose their children’s schools based on prestige, location, or the family’s religious preferences. The modern school choice philosophy came into its own during the 1950s and has continued ever since under the umbrella of various liberal and conservative policies.

The History of National School Choice Week

This week was created by NSCW as an educational, nonpartisan, and apolitical holiday. This holiday week was placed in January because it gives parents and students plenty of time to check out new potential schools and still have time to register in the fall. The celebration of National School Choice Week began to pick up during the COVID-19 pandemic as parents started to think more about their children’s school options.

Facts About U.S. Education

Below are some facts about education in the United States that we hope shed light on why school choice has been and continues to be a viable option.

  • Approximately 97% of low-income students rely on their schools for internet access.
  • Approximately 40 million students do not have access to the internet in their schools.
  • A third-grade student who reads at their age level is four times more likely to graduate from high school than a third-grader who does not.

Observing National School Choice Week

Parents can use this week to start looking for schools for their children. NSCW also provides free supplies to homeschool groups, organizations, and schools that request them and have participated in NSCW in the past. To spread the word about this holiday, people are encouraged to use the hashtag #NationalSchoolChoiceWeek on their social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 21 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 19 Sunday
Last year (2023)
January 22 Sunday
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