All children are different. They possess a mixture of talents, abilities, knowledge and processes that are unique to them.  

They are as individual as adults, with different learning styles and perceptions of the world around them. The educational opportunities a child has access to heavily influence how they learn. 

Often times, a child’s individualism and creativity are stifled in the classroom. Though some students may learn in a similar fashion, others just as easily may not. Those different learning styles can’t all be accommodated in the same school setting.  

For some children, the answer is an alternative to traditional public school such as a charter school, religious school, private school or homeschool.  

This week is National School Choice Week, a time when we look at the options available to students and contemplate how we can expand those options. 

Alternatives provide children an avenue to succeed they wouldn’t have access to in a traditional public school.  

· Charter schools allow more freedom in education methods and practices while still adhering to goals and metrics. Charter schools are helping boost school performance in states like Arizona, whose charter students ranked second in the nation in math scores in 2015. 

· Magnet schools immerse students in one subject area so they are proficient in it when they graduate. They are now educating one out of every 15 public school students. 

· Online learning allows students to attend school both online and in the classroom. Students can utilize this education option full-time, or it can be integrated into a traditional school curriculum.  

Whether they are learning through religious education, a more subject-focused curriculum or an environment that better suits their needs, many students benefit from alternatives to the traditional school setting. 

The opportunity to choose a better school will provide a better environment to learn and prepare for the future.  

The ultimate goals should be the wellbeing and future of the child. Access to the best educational path for each student will provide a meaningful learning experience and a better foundation for college or career.