What is National School Choice Week?

Held every January, National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children. Featuring tens of thousands of events and celebrations, NSCW is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education. The goal of NSCW is to raise awareness about the K-12 education options available to children and families, while spotlighting the benefits of school choice.

What types of school choice does National School Choice Week celebrate?

We celebrate all types of K-12 options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. NSCW does not preference one type of education option over another. We trust parents to make the best choices for their individual children.

Who plans National School Choice Week events, meetings, and activities?

Anyone can plan an NSCW event, meeting, or activity. NSCW events are independently planned by thousands of schools, homeschool groups, organizations, coalitions and individuals across the country. These schools, groups, and individuals decide how they want to celebrate NSCW and plan the types of events, meetings, or activities that best meet their objectives.

Are there any fees to plan an event, meeting, or activity during National School Choice Week?

No. We do not charge any licensing fees for people who want to plan events, meetings or activities to celebrate NSCW. In fact, if you are interested in planning an event during NSCW, you may be able to receive free NSCW supplies by using one of our sign up forms. Of course, event planners are responsible for any incidental costs they choose to incur to enhance their events (such as snacks, A/V equipment, etc.)

How can I find out what events are happening in my area during National School Choice Week?

In January, visit our website and look at our online events map. Please note that not every event planned for NSCW is posted to our map. Some events, meetings, or activities, such as ones designed for students at a specific school, might not be posted.

When is National School Choice Week in 2020?

National School Choice Week 2020 will be held from January 26 to February 1, 2020.

Why is National School Choice Week held in January?

January is an ideal time for parents to start looking at schools for their children. If parents start searching for schools in January, they should have enough time to enroll their children for the following school year.

How can I receive supplies to celebrate National School Choice Week?

National School Choice Week supplies, including our signature yellow fleece scarves, are provided at no cost. To receive these supplies, schools and organizations must request them using one of our sign up forms, however, these supplies are limited. Are you interested in receiving supplies? Then please kindly sign up to receive them by October 1.

What is the significance of the yellow scarves and do I need NSCW supplies to participate?

NSCW’s yellow fleece scarves have become one of America’s most recognized symbols of opportunity in education. We recognize that while every event, meeting, or activity during NSCW focuses on different aspects of school choice, the scarves provide a bright, colorful, and energetic way to link these unique events together. Furthermore, this helps show all events as part of a broader national celebration. You are not required to use supplies to participate but we encourage you to sign up to receive supplies so that you can affiliate your event with the overall national celebration.

I just received a box of NSCW supplies. Why did they get sent to me?

If you received a box of NSCW supplies, someone associated with your school, homeschool group, chamber of commerce, or organization signed up to receive these supplies. Please ask your colleagues to identify the person who should receive the box. If you still feel that you have received this free gift in error please refer to this page for return instructions. 

Does National School Choice Week advocate for school choice legislation?

No. National School Choice Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and we do not advocate for or against any government action.

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