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The Ultimate Guide to 13 Different Types of Schools Across America


Types of schools listed :

  • Boarding School
  • Charter School
  • Language Immersion School
  • Magnet School
  • Montessori School
  • Parochial School
  • Private Special Education School
  • Reggio Emilia School
  • Religious School
  • Traditional Private School
  • Traditional Public School
  • Virtual or Online School
  • Waldorf School



Types of Public School

1. Traditional Public School

Public Schools are operated by local, state, and federal government funds. Students attend a public school based on where they live and aren’t required to pay tuition.


2. Charter School

Charter schools offer an institutional hybrid. Like traditional public schools, charter schools are free. However, parents must usually submit a separate application to enroll a child in a charter school, and like private schools, spaces are often limited.


3. Magnet School

Magnet schools specialize in certain areas such as technology, science or the arts. They are free public schools operated by school districts or a group of districts. Magnet Education reports that some magnet schools admit students based on achievement, often called “talented & gifted” schools.


4. Public Virtual (or online) School

Many public school districts are creating more options for their students by opening virtual options. This can be confusing since there are also virtual private schools, online classes that can supplement a traditional brick-and-mortar education, and virtual classes connected to homeschooling.



Types of Private School

5. Traditional Private School

Private schools are not funded by the government. That’s why they charge fees to attend. Parents pay tuition for their children to attend.


6. Boarding School

A boarding school by definition is any school that offers food and lodging to its students. A boarding school is a thriving community of scholars, athletes and artists.


7. Language Immersion School

Language immersion schools immerse their students in a second language. Bilingual teachers teach their classes in the second language to varying degrees.


8. Montessori School

Montessori is a way of teaching that honors each child’s individuality and interests. The teacher prepares the classroom, inviting children to explore and learn through hands-on activities. Montessori schools put a great emphasis on exploration.


9. Private Special Education School

Private special education schools are focused on students with special needs.


10. Parochial School

A parochial school is a religious private school that receives funding from a local church. While other types of religious school might have varying degrees of funding from a church, the term parochial indicates that the school will be partnered with a local church.


11. Religious School

Religious schools are private institutions with a religious affiliation. There are many organizations and associations within this category to help define the religious school.


12. Reggio Emilia School

Reggio Emilia tends to be listed more as a style or inspiration for a school, than listed as its primary title. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of Reggio Emilia, famously said, “The child has a hundred languages.” The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) uses this quote as a metaphor for the extraordinary potential of children and one of the main principles of the Reggio Emilia style of learning.

Because every child has a hundred languages, teachers keep a record for each of their students that documents moments of learning, emotion and expression. Emotional documentation and affirmation of many different kinds of competency in children and adults are two of the distinctive practices in a Reggio Emilia school, according to NAREA.


13. Waldorf School

All Waldorf schools in the US are nonprofits. A major defining characteristic of Waldorf education is its view of child development and corresponding curriculum.