Public school in the USA

Children have a right to education in every state in the United States. Public school is free and available to everyone. You do not have to be a citizen to go to public school. USAHello has a lot of information to help prepare you to send your child to school in the USA. Find quick links to answers to all your questions.


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What are U.S. education laws and rights?

Education law says everyone has a right to free education. Students have the right to wear a hijab and to pray. You have a right to interpreters when you talk to your children’s school. Learn about education law in the USA and your education rights.

What are the levels in the U.S. education system?

In the USA, public school starts between the age of 4 and 6 and continues until 16 to 18 years old. You can also send your children to pre-school at a younger age. Learn about the different levels of school. Read about school placement.

How do I register my child in public school?

To start your child at school in the USA, you must first register your child as a student. This means you need to fill out a form so the school can accept your child. Learn how to register your child and the rules about going to school. Find other helpful information to prepare you for the first day.

Who are the school staff in my child’s school?

Many people work in U.S. schools. There are teachers, of course, but there are other people who are there to help your child. Learn about some of the people you will meet at your child’s school.

How can I help my child in school?

Starting school is both exciting and hard. You will need to help your child in school. Learn how to support your child in their school life and help them succeed. Find out about tutoring support for your child.

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Does my child have to go to public school?

Children must go to school in the United States. If you do not send your children to school, you can get in trouble. You can choose what type of school to send your children to. Most children go to public school because it is free.

What other types of schools are there?

In the USA, there are other ways to educate children instead of public school.

Private schools

There are private schools that students must pay to attend. Many private schools are managed by churches or religious organizations. Each private school has different costs. Some are very expensive. But some have scholarships to help children go to school if the family does not have enough money to pay for the private school. Private schools often have different rules than public schools.

Charter schools

Another type of school is a charter school. Charter schools are free. Charter schools meet the same academic and legal requirements as traditional public schools, but they have different administrators than public schools, which are operated by the government. Charter schools do not have to follow all the rules that public schools must follow. Your child will need to apply to enroll, and many charter schools have a waiting list.

Home schooling

Home schooling is another method of education. Home-schooled students are taught by their parents. There are rules in every state about home schooling. The parent is responsible for knowing the state’s rules for home schooling and for making sure the rules are followed.