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What is School Choice?

School Choice creates an educational system that ensures a wide array of options for parents and students.  Indiana’s school-choice programs empower parents to choose the school that best suits their child.  Every child, no matter their financial circumstances, deserves an opportunity to succeed.

In our state, school choice includes programs that provide public incentives for private giving to scholarships like the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program. It also allows state support to follow students of low- and middle-income families to the school of their choice through the Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program. And finally it gives taxpaying parents some small tax relief through a state deduction for private school educational expenses.

What does School Choice mean for our children?

When every child gets to go to the school of their choice, every child gets the chance for a learning environment that is effective, motivating and challenging.  School helps ensure that students receive the resources and attention they need to thrive in the classroom.

What does School Choice mean for Parents?

School choice ensures that every parent gets to choose the school where they send their child.  School choice empowers parents to take a more active role in their child’s education, providing choices to place a child in the learning environment that is best for them to develop the building blocks needed for success in life. Once, only wealthier parents could send their children to the school of their choice.  School choice advocates believe every family should have that opportunity.


The Institute for Quality Education (IQE) offers a free online tool  to provide Hoosier families with key information about all of the K-12 school options available to them so they may choose the best school environment for their children. Families can also easily access school accountability grades and determine if they qualify for a school voucher or tax credit scholarship to help pay for private school tuition. Click here to access the Opportunity Calculator.