Education Choices in Tennessee
Tennessee public schools educate students throughout 147 school districts and more than 1,700 public schools across the state. To find contact information for a district or school, search the school directory.
Charter schools are operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies and are offered in some school districts. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, see the charter schools page.
Non-public schools include accredited private schools, church schools, special purpose schools and more. Additional information and an updated list of more than 600 non-public schools in Tennessee is available on the non-public schools page.
Tennessee parents can teach their students at home or by affiliating with church-related schools. Laws, forms and requirements can be found on the home schooling page.
Education Savings Account Program
Tennessee’s Education Savings Account (ESA) program is planned to launch for the 2020-21 school year in Davidson and Shelby counties. For more information, see the ESA page.
The Individualized Education Account Program
The Individualized Education Account (IEA) program provides options for parents and students with disabilities to choose the education opportunities that best meet their own unique needs through access to public education funds. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, see the IEA page.